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Vic Carucci

Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The News. With four decades of experience as a pro football writer and broadcaster, he is a co-host on SiriusXM NFL Radio and a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector. Vic has authored 10 books about football (including multiple New York Times best-sellers) and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.


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Despite having spent the past four games watching, Josh Allen won’t be easing his way back into the starting quarterback job he’s expected to reclaim when the Buffalo Bills face the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll made it clear Tuesday he would have no hesitation giving the 22-year-old rookie as full a game plan as he would either of his …

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Burying the New England Patriots before the end of the season is something of an NFL tradition. It has happened, time and again, after their typically slow starts. Tom Brady is losing his magic … His supporting cast is too banged up … Bill Belichick’s wizardry has finally run its course. Of course, the words invariably prove to be little more than the wasted wishful …

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You have Buffalo Bills questions that you've submitted to me via Twitter @viccarucci. I have answers: @mclennon99: You’ve covered the NFL for several years now. In your opinion, from what you’ve seen so far, does Josh Allen look like the franchise quarterback fans are hoping for? You could see Jim Kelly had the “it” factor and so did Doug Flutie for that matter to so…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills at the bye: 1. Josh Allen must show meaningful progress in however many games he plays through the rest of the season. The Bills cannot say with any certainty they know what they have in the rookie quarterback. Their faith in him becoming a long-term answer is still built predominantly on projection rather than solid eviden…

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A day after the Buffalo Bills’ 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears – the team’s fourth in a row and sixth by a lopsided margin – Sean McDermott delivered a message that essentially said: “Don’t worry, we’ve got this.” He didn’t use those exact words. But he did, as he has multiple times since becoming the Bills’ head coach last year, use his resume to make the point he and t…

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The Buffalo Bills announced Tuesday they released veteran wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. The move came less than two weeks after he joined the team. After signing with the Bills on Oct. 31, the 29-year-old Pryor played in two games. He caught two passes, on eight targets, for 17 yards. Additionally, Pryor bobbled a pass that was intercepted in the 41-9 loss against th…

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Who knew that all it would take for the Buffalo Bills to find an offense was make Matt Barkley their starting quarterback? That’s Matt Barkley ... as in the free agent they signed less than two weeks ago after he left the Cincinnati Bengals, his sixth NFL employer, via an injury settlement from a Grade-3 MCL sprain ... as in the guy who hadn’t pl…

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Who knew that all it would take for the Buffalo Bills to find an offense was make Matt Barkley their starting quarterback? That’s Matt Barkley ... as in the free agent they signed less than two weeks ago after he left the Cincinnati Bengals, his sixth NFL employer, via an injury settlement from a Grade-3 MCL sprain ... as in the guy who hadn’t pl…

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LeSean McCoy said frustration with the Buffalo Bills’ 2-7 season and his own poor production prompted him to avoid talking with the media since the Oct. 29 loss against New England. But the running back acknowledged after Friday’s practice — thanks in no small part to a warning from the NFL that not fulfilling his contractual obligation to speak with reporters at least …

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Will it be Matt Barkley time when the Buffalo Bills face the New York Jets Sunday? His extensive work with starters in practice, Josh Allen being listed as questionable with an elbow injury, Derek Anderson being sidelined with a concussion, and coach Sean McDermott not naming a starter for the game Friday raises that as a distinct possibility. Barkley, who the Bills …

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills’ game against the New York Jets Sunday at MetLife Stadium: 1. If the Bills do make Matt Barkley their fourth different starting quarterback, they might have provided one of the only reasons this game could be considered even marginally intriguing. The offense certainly couldn’t get any worse with Barkley, who might be force…

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Ron Jaworski had hoped his 17-year career as an NFL quarterback would begin differently. “I wanted to play for the Buffalo Bills,” he said. Instead, it was the Los Angeles Rams who made Jaworski a second-round draft pick from Youngstown State in 1973. Until that moment, the Lackawanna native believed there was a decent chance he’d fulfill a childhood dream by becomin…

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The XFL Thursday announced it has named former Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley the league's senior vice president of football operations. Whaley continues to serve as director of college recruiting for the NFL Players Association's Collegiate Bowl, and will remain in that role through the end of the year, according to the XFL. The XFL is planning to begin play…

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LeSean McCoy’s decision to avoid speaking with the media is not an issue with this member of the media. You can ask him to fulfill his obligation, per the standard NFL player contract, to make himself available to reporters during the season. You can request the assistance of the team’s public relations staff to try to persuade him to fulfill that obligation. You can al…

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Understand this: Dion Dawkins is not fooling himself about how he's performing in his second season with the Buffalo Bills after such a strong rookie year. The left tackle isn't ignoring the reality of what so far has been the season from hell, especially on his side of the ball. "Last year, I felt like I had a great year," Dawkins said. "This year, it could be a who…