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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. Thro…

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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 sa…

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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…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week Eight win over the Raiders. • The coaches mean it when they say they're going to stick by rookie receiver Zay Jones. He played the most snaps of any wide receiver, with Jordan Matthews next. Deonte Thompson got two more snaps than Andre Holmes. That looks like it will be…

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Third and 9, ball at the Tampa Bay 32-yard line, 2 minutes remaining and the Buffalo Bills dial up a play for … Taiwan Jones? Yep, that happened Sunday. And guess what? It worked. Jones, the Bills’ third-string running back who hadn’t touched the ball offensively in the team’s first five games, took a shovel pass from Tyrod Taylor toward the left sideline, cu…

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John Miller has gone from starter to backup to out of the lineup entirely over the last few weeks for the Buffalo Bills. Miller is a healthy inactive Sunday, when the Bills host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Era Field. That means Vlad Ducasse will start at right guard – and has won that competition. Also inactive for the Bills are: tight end Charles Clay (knee), …

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If the Buffalo Bills are going to end a 17-year playoff drought, now is the time to show they're serious. Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicks off a stretch of three out of the next four at New Era Field, with the lone road trip a visit to the New York Jets. Win their home games, and the Bills will be legitimate playoff contenders. Here are all the de…

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After leading the league in many rushing categories in 2015 and 2016, the Bills are currently averaging 3.4 yards per carry, the fourth-lowest figure in the NFL. So what's going on? Is it the move to the zone-blocking scheme? The offensive line? LeSean McCoy and Mike Tolbert? To answer these questions, I rewatched and tracked every rush by a running back through five…

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1. Tight end Charles Clay had a knee scope performed Monday morning and will miss "multiple weeks," according to Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott. Clay was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's 20-16 loss to Cincinnati when he was hit by Bengals safety Shawn Williams at the end of a 24-yard gain. Pro Football Talk reported Monday that Clay suffered a torn meniscus and…

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Jordan Matthews found himself getting anxious. The Buffalo Bills' No. 1 receiver sat out the entire preseason with a chip fracture in his sternum. Then the first half of Sunday's season opener against the New York Jets came and went at New Era Field with Matthews making just one catch for 14 yards. "It definitely took me a while just to be able to get back into it," …

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The Buffalo Bills insist they’re focused on the 2017 season – even if everyone else is looking ahead. With six picks in the top three rounds, and a possible avenue to acquire even more, the 2018 draft will likely determine the success or failure of Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott in Buffalo. If the team’s general manager and head coach can nab a franchise quarter…

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John Miller and Jordan Mills have each withstood challenges this summer to remain the Buffalo Bills' starters at right guard and right tackle, respectively. Coach Sean McDermott said Monday that both would be in the starting lineup for Sunday's regular-season opener against the New York Jets. Miller, who had been the No. 1 right guard since the Bills made him a third…