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Who will the Buffalo Bills select with the ninth pick in the NFL draft? The News' Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski select 10 possibilities and measure the likelihood that he will be the Bills' selection on a scale of 1 to 10. The higher the meter reading, the more likely that will be the selection. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama Carucci: Arguably the best player in the draft, …

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It’s finally here. After months of buildup, the first round of the NFL draft gets started at 8 p.m. Thursday in Nashville. The Buffalo Bills have the ninth overall pick – barring a trade – and several different directions they can go. That means it’s time for a draft edition of the mailbag. Let’s get to it. Joseph Spinelli asks: If the choice was yours, who do you…

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How does some Buffalo Bills football with your turkey sound? The NFL released its 2019 schedule for all 32 teams Wednesday, and the highlight for the Buffalo Bills is a trip to Dallas for a game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. One of the most high-profile spots on the NFL schedule, the Bills have not played on Thanksgiving since 1994 when they visited Detroit. T…

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The safety position enjoyed a resurgence in the NFL this offseason. Big-money deals worth potentially more than $40 million over the life of the contracts were signed by Landon Collins (Washington), Earl Thomas (Baltimore), Tyrann Mathieu (Kansas City) and LaMarcus Joyner (Oakland). Those deals come after a year in which some top free-agent safeties languished on the op…

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With less than two weeks remaining until the NFL Draft, it's as difficult as ever to predict which direction the Buffalo Bills will go with their first-round draft pick. With a roster that doesn't have a lot of crying needs, General Manager Brandon Beane has no shortage of options -- both with his draft position and the players he targets. This week's mailbag thoroughly…

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So much for the idea that free agents don’t want to come to Buffalo. One by one, evidence of the opposite came through One Bills Drive on Thursday. A total of six introductory press conferences were held, part of the team’s class of eight free-agent signings — a flurry of activity that has reshaped the roster and made it clear Western New York can, in fact, be an NFL de…

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So, that was a fun eight-hour ride, wasn’t it? That’s how long the Antonio Brown “Era” lasted with the Buffalo Bills, after the team was reported by NFL Network late Thursday night to be “closing in” on a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the star wide receiver. If a deal was in place, it was officially off at 8 a.m. Friday when Bills General Manager Brandon Beane is…

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With the end of the NFL season, a number of outlets have published early power rankings for the 2019 season. There is not necessarily a ton of optimism that the Bills will rebound from their 6-10 season. On the gambling front, the Bills are among six teams listed as plus-10,000 to win the next Super Bowl by bovada.lv. The only longer odds belong to Washington at plus-15…

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Here is how Buffalo News sports reporters see Super Bowl 53 between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots. The Patriots are favored by 2 1/2 points. Vic Carucci How do you go against the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick Patriots in the Super Bowl? Yes, they’ve proved to be human in the big game, losing in three of the previous eight in which they’ve played. But th…

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As Bills coaches and scouts head to the Senior Bowl this week, here is the projected selection for the Bills for the ninth overall pick in the eyes of 11 mock drafts. Mel Kiper, ESPN: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan. “Could the Bills get their Kyle Williams replacement here? At his peak, the 6-foot-6, 283-pound Gary is a menace who makes offensive linemen look foolish, bu…

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Members of The News' sports staff will be picking games on BNblitz.com. Here is how Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf see the conference championship games (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet): SUNDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Saints -3 Rams Rams* Saints* Saints* at Chiefs -3 Patriots Chiefs Patriots Pa…

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My performance analysis of Josh Allen this past season has led me to contemplate what characteristics define Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks. In an attempt to understand this phenomenon, I conducted a Championship Study, using my quarterback performance grade technique to analyze the quarterback performances in Super Bowls L, LI, LII, to discern the qualities they share. …

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Brandon Beane’s perfect world involves re-signing his own free agents. We live in an imperfect world, though, so it remains to be seen whether the Buffalo Bills’ third-year general manager stands by that between now and March. The Bills have eight pending unrestricted free agents, which is a big change from last year, when Beane had 18 pending unrestricted free agent…

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Members of The News' sports staff will be picking games on BNblitz.com. Here is how Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf see the four games for Wild Card Weekend (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet): SATURDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Texans 1 Colts Colts Colts Texans at Cowboys 2 Seahawks Seahawks Cowboys …