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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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Marcus Murphy is short-statured, but he’s not playing like the smallest back in the Buffalo Bills running back room this summer. Murphy, 5-foot-8 1-2 and 195 pounds, continued his push to be the Bills’ No. 3 running back with a strong showing against the Carolina Panthers. He rushed seven times for 35 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown. And he caught four passes for…

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Kelvin Benjamin said what he said about Cam Newton, and he's not interested in revisiting it. The Buffalo Bills' star receiver didn't back off his comments last week on the Carolina Panthers' quarterback. He didn't back off before the game, when Newton approached him on the field. He didn't back off with reporters in the locker room after the game. "I'm moving on fro…

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Observations from the Buffalo Bills’ 28-23 exhibition loss to the Carolina Panthers Thursday night: 1. Brian Daboll makes a good first impression. Believe it or not, the first half was a thoroughly entertaining exhibition of offensive football by the Bills’ new offense. The Bills drove 85, 47, 66 and 74 yards with their four first-half possessions in racking up 17…

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PITTSFORD — Thursday's preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers is no ordinary exhibition for Buffalo Bills backup safety Dean Marlowe. It will be the first time he has played an actual game in two years. "I'm extremely juiced," Marlowe said after Tuesday's practice at St. John Fisher College. "I'm healthy and I've got to take advantage of every opportunity I h…

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Here's what we learned on the 11th day of training camp. 1. Bills sticking with the plan to be patient on Josh Allen. Quarterback Josh Allen worked with the third team exclusively for a fourth straight day in Tuesday’s practice at St. John Fisher College. Coach Sean McDermott was asked how he would characterize the approach with the team’s first-round draft choice…

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PITTSFORD – Corey Coleman didn’t want to look in the rear-view mirror after his first practice as a Buffalo Bill Tuesday. After going 1-31 the first two seasons of his pro career with the Cleveland Browns, who can blame him? “I’m excited to be here; it’s a new opportunity, fresh start,” said the Bills’ newest wide receiver. “It feels good to be wanted. I don’t want t…

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PITTSFORD – This is training camp No. 14 for Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. He says he probably wouldn’t be in Pittsford for yet another hot summer on the St. John Fisher College turf if it weren’t for rules approved in 2011 that eased up on the rigors of NFL practice. “If we were under the old rules, it easily would have taken a couple years off my care…

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The Bills opened their practice at New Era Field on Friday by letting a Western New York grammar schooler, Drew Agahiu, take the field and return a turnover 20 yards for a touchdown. Agahiu is in the Oishei Children’s Hospital’s Stone Buddies program, which supports families coping with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. He’s battling sickle cell disease and was ma…

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What we learned: Notes from Day 8 of training camp 1. Rafael Bush likes the culture. The veteran safety signed from New Orleans capped a good week of practices by making some plays with the second-team defensive unit in Friday night's session at New Era Field. Bush put a hit on Ray-Ray McCloud over the middle to force an incompletion during a two-minute drill. On the …

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PITTSFORD – The jury is out at Bills training camp on whether the NFL’s new kickoff return rules will result in more or fewer big returns this season. Will the kickoff returners have more room to sprint because the coverage units are not allowed to get a running start? Or will the coverage teams have an advantage because the return units are required to have more pla…

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PITTSFORD – A crew of NFL officials reviewed the new rules prohibiting lowering the helmet with Buffalo Bills players during a team meeting on Wednesday. Bills safety Micah Hyde wasn’t sold on the new rule, and said there was a lot of skepticism among the players. “Who knows man? It’s up and down, it’s not clear cut,” Hyde said after Thursday’s practice at St. John F…

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PITTSFORD – AJ McCarron gained the first advantage in the Bills' daily quarterback rotation Thursday. McCarron started for a second straight day with the first-team offense, the first time in training camp the Bills have not alternated their signal callers by day. Nathan Peterman worked with the second team for a second-straight day, and Josh Allen worked mostly with…

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What we learned: Notes from Day 6 of training camp: 1. D remains ahead of O. Coach Sean McDermott said before practice that “today will be a challenging practice for us” in terms of the performance of the offense and the quarterbacks, in particular. There was a lot of work on third-down situations, making the session heavy on passing and giving the defense less ru…

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PITTSFORD – Deon Lacey played only three snaps on defense for the Buffalo Bills last season, despite being active for all 16 games. Yet the backup linebacker is a strong bet to make the Bills' roster again this season because he is a core special teamer. He led the Bills in 2017 by playing 285 special-teams snaps, or 65 percent of all the kicking plays. "I'm not big …

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What we learned: Notes from Day 5 of Bills training camp 1. Second O-line shuffles. The second-team offensive line included the same five but the guards and tackles switched sides on Day 5. Most notably, second-year man Conor McDermott moved from right tackle to left tackle. Rookie Wyatt Teller moved from right guard to left guard. Ryan Groy was the center. (Russell Bod…