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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski has served as an editor and reporter at The Buffalo News since 2009. In addition to the Bills beat, he also writes a local golf column and strives to be a single-digit handicap.


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No. 34 with the Buffalo Bills will forever belong to Thurman Thomas. PHOTO GALLERY: Thurman Thomas through the years The team announced Wednesday that the number will officially be retired in a ceremony on Oct. 29, when the Bills host the Patriots on "Monday Night Football." "To make the announcement on my birthday is really something," said Thomas, who turned 52 …

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The Buffalo Bills might not be done addressing depth along their defensive line. The team hosted former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ryan Russell on a free-agent visit, a league source confirmed to The Buffalo News. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was first to report Russell's visit. Additionally, according to a league source, the Bills will host former Carolina Pan…

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Robert Foster did not have the kind of stats in college that scream “NFL future.” As a redshirt senior wide receiver at Alabama in 2017, he made just 14 catches for 174 yards and one touchdown. The year before, he started just two games, finishing with five catches for 55 yards, making just two starts. He looked like he was on his way to stardom at the start of the 2…

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At least on one side of the ball, the Buffalo Bills will have some stability in 2018. Coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will enter Year 2 with their scheme, which is a welcome change after years of players continually being forced to learn new defenses. The story isn't the same on offense, which will have its fourth offensive coordinator in t…

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One of the greatest moments of Ricky Proehl’s life is captured in an incredible photograph. Proehl's 3-year-old son, Austin, is perched atop his shoulders as he celebrates a Super Bowl victory with the St. Louis Rams on Jan. 30, 2000. Wearing a No. 87 Rams jersey that’s far too big for him and with his name on the back and with his hat turned backward, Austin is smiling…

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The Buffalo Bills have one of their two first-round draft picks in the fold. The team announced Saturday that linebacker Tremaine Edmunds signed his rookie contract. The deal is for four years, and includes a team option for a fifth as a first-round pick. Edmunds was chosen with the 16th overall selection, after the Bills traded up from No. 22 with the Baltimore Ravens.…

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Sean McDermott hopes the Buffalo Bills can find the next Quintin Mikell in the 12 undrafted free agents who officially signed with the team Friday. An undrafted free agent out of Boise State, Mikell turned himself into an All-Pro safety with the Philadelphia Eagles during the time McDermott was on their coaching staff. “Really a credit to the way he approached his jo…

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Check another one off the list for the Buffalo Bills. The team signed cornerback Taron Johnson to his four-year rookie contract Friday, making him the fifth member of the eight-man 2018 draft class to sign. Johnson, a cornerback from Weber State, figures to get an opportunity to win the Bills' nickel cornerback job. He won the 2017 Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of…

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The Buffalo Bills' rookies are in the building. The team will hold minicamp this weekend for its drafted players, undrafted free agents and select first-year pros, along with a group that's in on a tryout basis. Here's a look at what we'll be watching for: 1. The Josh Allen Show. Clearly, the Bills' first-round quarterback is the main attraction. Getting a chance to …

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Once the Buffalo Bills finalize contracts with their 12 undrafted free agents, the team will have its 90-man roster set. That's not to say there won't be changes before September. June 1 is a key date for potential cuts around the league, and the Bills will surely have an eye on any players who hit the open market who could help. After figuring in contracts for their dr…

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The Buffalo Bills signed four of their eight drafted players to contracts Thursday, a day before the start of the team's rookie minicamp. Safety Siran Neal (fifth round), guard Wyatt Teller (fifth round) and wide receivers Ray-Ray McCloud (sixth round) and Austin Proehl (seventh round) all agreed to four-year contracts. That leaves quarterback Josh Allen (first round), …

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If you see Brandon Beane on Wednesday, wish him a happy anniversary. The Buffalo Bills’ general manager has been on the job for exactly a year. Plenty has changed in the last 365 days with Beane in charge. Just 27 players (not including injured center Eric Wood) on the team's current roster were with the team a year ago. Beane has swung 11 trades since taking over as ge…

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Chris Hardeman is about to put the theory NFL teams will find talented players anywhere to the test. Hardeman, a cornerback for Houston Baptist of the Southland Conference, received an invitation to this weekend’s Buffalo Bills rookie minicamp, where he’ll attempt to defy the long odds and earn a spot on the team’s 90-man roster. “Honestly, during the process, I neve…

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The Buffalo Bills have a crowded running back room, but that's not stopping them from looking to add to the position. The team is hosting free agent Kenjon Barner on a visit to One Bills Drive, a league source confirmed to The Buffalo News. Barner's visit was first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Bills have been active at running back this offseason.…

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The Buffalo Bills have made a bit of history. The team announced Tuesday on its official website that for the fourth consecutive season, season-ticket membership has topped 50,000. That's the first time that has happened, and comes a year after the team ended a 17-year playoff drought. The team raised prices for 2018 season tickets by an average of 3 percent. It's unkno…