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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Incognito-Ngakoue slur issue reportedly resolved

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, a few weeks after making explosive allegations that Bills left guard Richie Incognito used racial slurs during a Jan. 7 wild-card game between the two teams, now says the two men have resolved the issue.

Ngakoue told reporters Wednesday at the Pro Bowl in Orlando that he spoke to Incognito before the AFC team’s practice at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. He said he is now looking to move forward, declining to comment further. Incognito reportedly declined an interview request Wednesday at the Pro Bowl. The NFL has been investigating the incident.

Quarterback search: If Bills General Manager Brandon Beane wants to draft a potential franchise quarterback come April, he has to be ready to make a bold move, The News’ Jay Skurski writes for BNblitz. "We're a long way from where we need to be," Beane told reporters Tuesday at the Senior Bowl.

The calculation: The News’ Vic Carucci outlines the point system many NFL officials consult when making decisions on draft day. Jimmy Johnson, the former Cowboys coach, devised a value chart in the early 1990s that is still widely used, in which the No. 1 overall pick is worth 3,000 points, the No. 16 pick is worth 1,000, and so on.

Mayfield, Allen on display: Marquee quarterbacks Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and Josh Allen of Wyoming “mostly lived up to their reputations through two days of Senior Bowl practices,” The News’ Mark Gaughan reports. Both are expected to be first-round selections in April’s NFL Draft.

A possibility overlooked? The News’ Bucky Gleason writes that there is “one possibility that has been overlooked and could come into play” regarding the Bills’ quarterback situation: “Turning the offense over to Nathan Peterman.”


Musical chairs: The Bills’ fate at quarterback could depend on what the Minnesota Vikings decide to do. Minnesota has three quarterbacks – Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater – who are all unsure of their futures with the team.

Front-office changes: The Bills dismissed director of analytics Michael Lyons and system analyst Peter Linton last week. Beane is expected to hire replacements, but the direction he’ll take in the analytics area isn’t clear.

Army strong: Army offensive tackle Brett Toth spent nearly his entire college career as a run blocker, as the team ran the ball on 92.4 percent of its plays this season. As he prepares for this week’s Senior Bowl, he’s adjusting to pass protection with hopes of a future in the NFL.

Overcoming the odds: Central Florida’s Shaquem Griffin, who is preparing for the Senior Bowl this week, was a standout linebacker in 2017, and now he’s trying to become the first one-handed player in the history of the NFL. Read his story.

Listen: In the Daily Drive Podcast, Paul Peck and Kevin Sylvester from Buffalo Sports Page react to the comments that top Bills officials made at the Senior Bowl.

Coaching carousel: Former Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, fired days after this season ended, might not be out of work for long. The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the Jets have reached out to Dennison about a possible position on their coaching staff.

‘It’s a travesty’: That’s what former Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens said about the fact that he’s not yet in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s again a finalist for the honor as the selection committee prepares to gather Feb. 3 in Minneapolis.

Watch: On the “Tim Graham Show,” local sports journalists discussed sports misogyny in light of the recent USA Gymnastics scandal involving Dr. Larry Nassar.

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