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Strange, this Buffalo Bills season. A month before the season began, after the Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby trades, general manager Brandon Beane found himself answering questions about throwing in the towel on 2017. Buffalo fans still sporting argument scars over the 2014-15 Sabres broke out their old debate points for this year's Bills. What we've learned the …

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The New England Patriots are menaces. They've dominated the AFC East for so long, suffocating the hopes of the other three teams for a generation. They're not the biggest reason the Buffalo Bills have failed to reach the playoffs since 1999, but they're close. Now the Patriots are trying to swipe the Bills' signature monument. "The Comeback" was posted round and r…

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Chris Hogan conspiracy theorists may have had it right after all. The latest story from ex-Bills coach Rex Ryan involves what he perceived as a major screw-up: Letting wide receiver Chris Hogan get away in free agency. The fact that he was poached by the rival Patriots only added insult to injury. A quick recap: Hogan was a restricted free agent after the 2015 season…

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This is a two-point commentary: 1. I’m sad to see Usain Bolt retire. 2. Bolt’s retirement makes me marvel even more at Tom Brady. The connection? Bolt closed his sprinting career at the IAAF World Championships last week in London. He’s 30 years old. He’s still great. Why is he retiring? He’s tired of grinding to the degree that is required to be the best in t…

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Little more than five months removed from securing the team’s fifth Lombardi Trophy with a historic, overtime comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, head coach Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots open training camp in Foxborough as the Vegas favorite to win it all again. Things are looking so good for the Patriots – who are looking…

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Bills fans let out a collective sigh in March when Patriots owner Robert Kraft mentioned that all-world quarterback Tom Brady wants to play another 6 or 7 years. Brady turns 40 in August but follows a strict diet and remains in good health (and at the top of his game), which lends credence to the idea that he could play another several seasons. But Brady's wife, mode…

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Are local sports reporters too negative? Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor declared we are, and I believe that's a topic worth discussion. So that's what we did for two hours on this week's edition of "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan. Who better to delve into the subject than with Buffalo News senior columnist Jerry Sullivan, ESPN.com's Mike Ro…

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For the Super Bowl 51 edition of "The Tim Graham" show Wednesday on 1270 The Fan, we expressed our man crushes on New England quarterback Tom Brady, broke down the betting angles with our Las Vegas pal, Joel Staniszewski, and checked in with Buffalo News senior columnist Jerry Sullivan from Houston. Also in studio was co-host Joe Licata, Buffalo News reporter Jay Skursk…

The Buffalo Bills' offseason looks like a heavy lift for General Manager Doug Whaley, but we at "The Tim Graham Show" aren't sure if he's fully aware of that. This week, the gang tries to make heads or tails of Whaley's muddled remarks about a Bills roster that leads the NFL in expired contracts. Co-host Joe Licata, the former University at Buffalo quarterback, also dis…

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You could say Sunday's game meant nothing, and, in the grand scheme, that's true. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets had been eliminated from postseason scenarios. Two scuzzy clubs mopping up the year. Big whoop. But the game did mean something. The game was a chance to give dispirited Bills fans a glimpse toward 2017, to provide hope, to let them exhale with some r…

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While it must bolster Jim Kelly's ego to know he has been irreplaceable for 20 years, he'd rather watch another quarterback take his Buffalo Bills back to the playoffs. Snow falling on a frigid January afternoon, a miserable opponent and Bills fans going bonkers for their boys ... That's what Kelly and Super Bowl teammates Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Steve Tasker…

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It’s shaping up to be the question facing the Buffalo Bills over the final month of what looks like another lost season. Should the team pick up quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s contract option in March? To do so would require a significant financial commitment. Here are the particulars: Taylor is due a $15.5 million option bonus by the third day of the 2017 league yea…

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When the Buffalo Bills revealed this year's promotional slogan, all I could think of were the ways it would backfire. It's a double entendre. The fan base is unfailingly loyal, and the team sure does love to hand off. Bills Run Deep. As does the pain. You have to go back a lot of years to remember when the Bills regularly thrilled their fans. The last of the Su…

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By most measurements, Kyle Williams wasn't supposed to make it this far. His size was a problem for NFL scouts. LSU listed him at 6-foot-2 and 295 pounds. Colleges have a tendency to exaggerate those numbers, evidenced by the fact Williams lost an inch when he turned pro. Safe bet his weight was inflated, too. Williams started for LSU's 2003 national championship tea…