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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan has been a sports writer at The Buffalo News for 35 years. He covers the Bills and the NFL and is a past president of the Pro Football Writers of America, as well as a past selector for Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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The Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers announced the schedule for their joint practices this summer in South Carolina. The two teams will work together Aug. 13-14 at the Panthers’ summer headquarters at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., in advance of the preseason game between the teams Aug. 16 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The joint practices had b…

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Maurice Alexander hopes he can take advantage of the big-nickel trend in the NFL. The fifth-year veteran is working full time in a linebacker room for the first time in his career as a member of the Buffalo Bills. The 218-pound Alexander has spent his first four seasons as a safety. However, as teams look for ways to make their pass-defense schemes more versatile, th…

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The good news for the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line is starting center Mitch Morse returned to the lineup Tuesday for the start of the team’s three-day minicamp. The bad news is the offensive line still is putting the term “mental reps” to the test as spring practices enter their final week. Morse, the Bills’ prize free-agent acquisition, made his full return after r…

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LEWISTON — Jackie Rogowicz’s leisurely cruise to the Women’s Porter Cup title hit a detour on the 54th and final hole of regulation Friday. Holding a two-shot lead on the tee of the diabolical, 130-yard, par-3 18th at Niagara Falls Country Club, the Penn State golfer hit a 9-iron into a buried lie in the front bunker. It took her two shots to escape the sand, she double…

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The Buffalo Bills still are a young team in the building stage of their quest to become a championship contender. That’s the widespread perception of the roster. Yet the Bills have 12 players age 30 or more on the team, which is tied for fifth most in the NFL. Are the Bills a young team or an old team? Coach Sean McDermott isn’t particularly worried about the q…

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Sure, Nick Easley wanted to be drafted. But even he acknowledges it’s probably better this way, that he try to make an NFL roster as an undrafted rookie free agent. “Absolutely, right?” the 22-year-old said after a Bills practice session this week. “It fits right in. I’ve kind of been an underdog my whole life, my whole journey, so it fits in with what I’m used to.” …

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen felt like a light went on in his head in his fifth start last season, against the Houston Texans. And Allen admits his first NFL start against the Los Angeles Chargers was a “baptism by fire.” Those were two interesting observations Allen made in an interview with former NFL quarterback Chris Simms for NBC Sports’ “Chris Simms Unbutt…

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It’s easy to understand how a young NFL player can lose his swagger. Consider the case of Eli Harold, who’s trying to revive his career as a situational pass rusher with the Buffalo Bills this year. Harold entered the NFL in 2015 at age 21 as a third-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers. He was an edge rusher at the University of Virginia, and the 49ers wer…

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Rookie tight end Dawson Knox looked like he took advantage of some prime snaps with the starting unit Tuesday in the wake of injuries at his position. Knox caught three sharp throws from quarterback Josh Allen in 11-on-11 work during the Buffalo Bills’ voluntary practice on the grass fields behind the team’s ADPRO Training Center. Projected starting tight end Tyler K…

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You knew it was coming. Andy Dalton received a standing ovation from the Buffalo crowd last summer when he took the field for a preseason game, for gosh sakes. Yet when the capacity crowd of 750 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo stood to give Dalton a standing ovation Saturday morning, you could feel the emotion in the room, an outpouring of gratitude for the unique role …

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Juwan Foggie fully understood the gamble he was taking with his college football career. After three years as a receiver at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte – two as a backup on the field and one as a redshirt – he was strongly considering asking to move to defense. Even though he had only two years of eligibility left. And even though he never had played a…

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Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Ed Oliver was taking some inspiration on the field from team superfan Pancho Billa during the rookie minicamp Friday at One Bills Drive. Oliver was wearing a red-and-blue “#PanchoPower” wristband he got during a visit Tuesday to see Ezra "Pancho Billa" Castro at a Houston hospital. Castro, 39, is in hospice care for cancer that be…

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LeSean McCoy’s yards-per-carry average has gone from 5.4 to 4.0 to 3.2 over the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills. If the decline continues at that pace, Shady will average 2.7 a carry in 2019. Yes, this is meant in jest. The Bills have 39 million good reasons to expect McCoy to rebound from his career-worst 2018 season. That’s the amount of guaranteed dol…

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Here’s a reason to hope Josh Allen is bound for improvement in his second year as the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback: Maybe his receiving corps will drop fewer passes. The Bills had too many drops in 2018. In fact, Allen had the second highest rate of dropped passes of any quarterback in the NFL last season, according to a recent study by Pro Football Focus. Allen saw…

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Jake Fisher is betting on his athleticism. His contract was up this year after four seasons as a backup tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals. He could have pursued an opportunity to win a job as a No. 3, swing tackle with another team in 2019. There’s no doubt numerous teams would have signed him for backup money. After all, he was a second-round draft choice out of Or…