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The Buffalo Bills will have more spending power in 2018. Since taking over in May, General Manager Brandon Beane has gone to work on cleaning up the mess that was the Bills’ salary cap. “We made some headway this year with the cap to be able to roll over a decent amount of money, which will help,” Beane told reporters last month at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. “We…

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It become a running joke during the season. Week after week, News Senior Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan and I were asked in our respective mailbags why Ryan Groy wasn’t being given a chance to crack the starting lineup for the Buffalo Bills. We got the question so much, we ran out of ways to answer it. Groy’s seven-game stint as a starter for the Bills in 2016 clear…

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Bills fans find themselves in a tough spot Sunday. Rooting for the Jacksonville Jaguars or New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game is like choosing between watching a Sabres game or assembling furniture: both options are unpleasant. The Doug Marrone redemption angle this week has been exhausting: Marrone was a bullying micromanager when he was here who quit…

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The drought is dead. The Buffalo Bills finally ended a 17-year postseason dry spell, leading to mass celebrations, six-figure charitable donations and hope that, finally, the team is on the right path under the leadership of General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Before attention turns squarely to planning for 2018, though, here is one final look bac…

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The Miami Dolphins are relying more on the blitz to try to bolster a pass rush that ranks 27th in the NFL. Miami blitzed Tyrod Taylor on 14 of 35 drop-backs in the Bills' 24-16 victory Sunday. That's the highest rate (40 percent) any team has sent five or more rushers at the Bills this season. The Bills handled it well enough. Taylor was an adequate 5 of 11 for 77 ya…

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Vlad Ducasse and Jordan Mills were standouts for the Buffalo Bills' offensive line in Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins. Ducasse held his own at right guard against Miami star Ndamukong Suh and paved the way for some good runs by LeSean McCoy. Mills held off Miami's best edge rusher, Cameron Wake, in one-on-one pass protection virtually the whole game. Cred…

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The Buffalo Bills find themselves in an interesting situation. The quarterback they felt wasn't good enough is now needed to keep the team's postseason hopes alive. Tyrod Taylor will start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins after practicing fully this week following a one-game absence because of a knee injury. The next three weeks will be the biggest of Taylor's caree…

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Matchup Watch: Dolphins at Bills Jarvis Landry vs. Leonard Johnson It's good that the Bills are getting their slot cornerback back. Johnson missed the Colts game with a sore knee but it didn't matter due to the winter weather. This week the Bills face one of the top slot receivers in the NFL in Landry. He's second in the NFL in catches with 88, and 50 of them have co…

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Survive and advance. At this point in the season, that's what it's all about for the Buffalo Bills. It was mission accomplished in that regard Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts – barely. Buffalo's 13-7 overtime victory over Indianapolis kept the team's postseason hopes alive. You can spend hours analyzing tiebreaking procedures trying to pin down just how likely a p…

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LeSean McCoy didn't necessarily have a bad performance against the Saints, it's just that the game script didn't allow him to be a focal point of the Bills' offense. He carried the ball eight times for 49 yards – which included a 36-yard scamper – and 38 of those yards came before contact. He forced one missed tackle running the football against New Orleans. Through …

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The Buffalo Bills are in the thick of a playoff race. With a 5-3 record, the team holds the sixth and final spot in the AFC entering Week 10. Despite that, the 2018 NFL Draft remains of particular interest to fans, because the Bills currently hold five picks in the first three rounds. A look at the roster shows no shortage of directions the team could go with those sele…

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It was a night to forget for the Bills' offensive line at in the swampland of Northern New Jersey Thursday night. The Bills' line was dominated by the New York Jets' front seven in the 34-21 loss. Guard Vlad Ducasse was victimized on three of the Jets' seven sacks. Guard Richie Incognito was partly to blame as well on two of the sacks that Ducasse had a hand in. T…

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New York Jets coach Todd Bowles blitzed the Buffalo Bills into submission Thursday night. The Jets rushed five men at Tyrod Taylor on 17 of the Bills' first 22 drop-backs. That's an amazing 77 percent. The Jets led the NFL last season with a blitz rate of 40.2 percent and were blitzing at 39 percent this season. The Jets got five of their seven sacks on blitzes in th…

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NEWARK, N.J. – John Miller thought he was coming off his best game of the season. Sure, the Buffalo Bills guard knew his false start in the red zone during a Week Four win against the Atlanta Falcons was a bad penalty, but other than that he thought he played well. So when the Bills made a change in Week Five, starting veteran Vlad Ducasse at right guard, Miller said…

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After an abysmal rookie year, John Miller rebounded in a big way in 2016. He was a crucial aspect of the Bills preeminent run game but experienced a rough start to 2017 that led to his benching after Buffalo's win in Atlanta over the Falcons. His replacement has been journeyman Vladimir Ducasse, a former second-round pick who spent the past two seasons in Baltimore with…