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[BN] Blitz newsletter: After upgrades, Bills still waiting for run defense to shape up

Last season's Buffalo Bills qualified for the playoffs despite owning a negative-57 point differential, the fifth-worst of any playoff team in NFL history. One of the big reasons for that was the team's poor rushing defense, which ranked 29th in the league while allowing 1,994 yards.

Addressing the run defense was a focal point of the offseason. The additions of Star Lotulelei and Tremaine Edmunds were supposed to help plug the holes. So it was a bit concerning in the Bills' most recent preseason game when the Browns' first-team offense opened by running down the Bills' throats all the way to the end zone. Tyrod Taylor only had to complete one pass on the 70-yard drive.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier wasn't thrilled by the performance, but believes the unit will come around.

"It's a concern anytime they run the ball successfully, whether it's preseason or the regular season," Frazier said Thursday. "You want to really hone that up and get it taken care of, and that's something we'll work on this weekend. You like to find out what some of the issues are during the preseason, so you can work on some of those things the following week and throughout the regular season. I think there are some things that are certainly correctable, and we'll be able to get those questions answered hopefully on Sunday."

Ready for the Preston Brown reunion? Brown, the Bills' former middle linebacker, now plays for the Bengals. He'll get a shot to face his former team in the third preseason game Sunday, and his friends in Buffalo are already looking forward to his trash talking. "I'm just interested to see what he's going to say to the offense, because he has no filter at all, and I know he has some things, especially (with) some of our O-linemen, that he probably wants to share his mind with," Lorenzo Alexander said. "So it's just going to be funny to hear him out there going against us versus going against somebody else."


More praise for Marcus Murphy: The Bills' third-string running back is having a strong summer. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has taken note, and coach Sean McDermott even remembered a specific play he made in a preseason game that didn't show up in the box score.

Linebacker Robinson retires: In a surprise move, linebacker Keenan Robinson, 29, retired. His departure seems like it will benefit players fighting for a job at the position, namely Julian Stanford.

Transcripts: Check out the weekly press conferences of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

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