Share this article

print logo

Nick Veronica

Nick Veronica joined The News in 2013 and began covering the Bills in 2016. He is a Buffalo native and a graduate of Canisius College. You can follow him on Twitter @NickVeronica and on Facebook at fb.com/ByNickVeronica.


Bills

The Bills' free-agent frenzy should have them poised to win more games in 2019. Widespread improvement was what stuck out when Vic Carucci went through the roster and gave position-by-position grades on the offseason. No position group on the team graded as worse than last season – nearly every unit is improved, and two graded as the same. Quarterbacks earned a plus …

Bills

A reader in this week's Bills mailbag asked Jay Skurski what he thought about the betting lines for the Bills' 2019 season win total. The reader saw the over/under placed at 6 wins, though many sportsbooks have their line set slightly higher. Skurksi was optimistic about the Bills hitting the over. "I think the over-six wins is a slam dunk," he wrote. "In fact, it be…

Bills

Lee Smith is a solid pro who has established himself as a quality blocker during his eight-year career. But when the Bills added him last week, it felt a little strange that they would commit roughly $3 million a year for a blocking tight end when they already added Tyler Kroft, who performed well in that role in Cincinnati. That was the first hunch that maybe the Bills…

Bills

The Bills hope all of their players improve in 2019. But Jay Skurski selected five returning members of the team who could help the Bills most by taking their game to the next level. No. 1 on the list is obvious: Quarterback Josh Allen, who was tremendously effective on the ground during his rookie season but ranked near the bottom of the league in passing statistics. …

Bills

A Bills fan named Ezra Castro died Tuesday. You knew him as Pancho Billa, the man in the luchador mask who endured a long battle with cancer. He was 39. Castro's fight was well chronicled. He garnered nearly as many headlines this year as the Buffalo Beauts or Bandits. Heartfelt messages poured in from fans, media, and even the team owner after the news broke. Castro's …

Bills

Jake Fisher's transition from offensive line to tight end was going to be one of the feel-good stories of training camp. The former second-round pick likely could've made a couple million dollars in free agency as a tackle, but he decided to follow his heart and switch back to being a tight end, which he played in his younger days. He signed with the Bills for the veter…

Bills

A reader in this week's Bills mailbag asked Jay Skurski, "Where do you rank Josh Allen 1-32 among starting quarterbacks?" What a great question. I bet if you went around Western New York asking people that, you'd get answers everywhere from the late 20s all the way up to the low teens, and maybe even a few fans who'd put him in the single digits. If you have some time t…

Bills

The Buffalo Bills' quarterback room appeared set in late December when Matt Barkley and Derek Anderson signed contract extensions a week apart. The team was widely praised for locking in mentors Josh Allen appeared comfortable learning from. "I think knowing the job of the quarterback, I kind of respected and appreciated it more watching a guy like Derek [Anderson] and …

Bills

As former University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson continued to go unselected in the draft, an ESPN camera crew found him asking aloud, “Did I kill somebody or something? Like, what did I do recently?” The Buffalo Bills didn't mind his slide, though, and quickly scooped up the local product as an undrafted free agent. Vic Carucci detailed Jackson's draft-weekend …

Bills

Bills' defensive tackle Ed Oliver will always have a tie-in to Pancho Billa, the Bills superfan fighting cancer who helped call in Oliver's name during the draft. But Oliver took things a step further this week, scoring points with Bills fans in the process. Oliver, who played for the University of Houston, decided to pay a visit to the man behind the mask at a Hospice …

Bills

Much of the analysis done on the Bills this offseason has centered around the ways quarterback Josh Allen can and/or must improve in Year 2. First on most lists is improving his completion percentage. Allen's 52.81 completion rate ranked 33rd out of 33 qualifying quarterbacks last season and was the lowest for a rookie since Blaine Gabbert's 2011 season. Despite having …

Bills

Buffalo Bills safety Siran Neal wore No. 29 during his rookie season. But he posted on Instagram this week that he switched to 33 as a way to pay homage to his brother. "I wear this number with pride and full of pain," Neal wrote. "I changed my number because last year right before I got drafted I lost my brother due to a car accident. He wore number 33 in high school. …

Bills

You had to feel for Harrison Phillips, who had the kindness in his heart to FaceTime with Bills superfan Ezra Castro during the first night of the draft. Castro, better known as Pancho Billa, is the fan battling cancer who was granted the opportunity to announce a draft pick during the 2018 draft in his home state of Texas. Phillips was the pick. He was described as "a …

Bills

For at least the next three years, the Bills will go as far as Josh Allen can take them. The sophomore signal-caller showed promise as a rookie, but has plenty to improve upon in Year 2. QB analyst Jim Kubiak broke down Allen's opportunities for growth in an article on Friday. One part that stood out was the section on Allen becoming more than just a thrower with a rock…

Bills

On Thursday, the Bills released a 7-minute video showing scenes from inside their draft room. One of the biggest takeaways was how excited the front office was to land Oklahoma tackle/guard Cody Ford. GM Brandon Beane said on draft weekend that the team considered trading back into the first round to select Ford, but couldn't agree on compensation. Around the 2:30 mark …