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Even if the Buffalo Bills have no interest in AJ McCarron, the ruling Thursday that makes the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback an unrestricted free agent is a favorable development. With McCarron free to test the open market next month, it’s possible a team ahead of the Bills in the draft order will convince themselves he can be their long-term answer at quarterback, thu…

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As NFL teams try to separate the strong group of quarterbacks available in the draft, one consideration is how a college player will adapt to the schemes that he might see in the NFL. One way to approximate that is to look at how the quarterbacks fared against teams that had head coaches or defensive coordinators with experiences as NFL coordinators or with defensive po…

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Draft season in the NFL never really ends, but for the casual fan, it officially begins with the conclusion of the Super Bowl. With all-star games finished, the next major step in the pre-draft process comes at the end of this month, when more than 300 of the top prospects will gather in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. After that, scouts will scatter across t…

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You have Buffalo Bills questions you've submitted to me via Twitter @viccarucci. I've got answers: The lack of continuity with Bills coaching has been a big problem for a long time. After surprising many by making the playoffs and ending the drought, McDermott has replaced Byrd (why?) his OC & may need to replace his DC if Frazier leaves. Continuity?... — Michae…

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Here is The Buffalo News' first look at how the first round of the NFL Draft may unfold in April.

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MINNEAPOLIS – Here are my five takes from the Philadelphia Eagles' stunning, 41-33 upset victory against the New England Patriots Sunday: 1. How the heck does Nick Foles go from Super Bowl MVP to his previous status as the backup to Carson Wentz? In the days leading up to the game, Foles said that going back to being an understudy was something he was fully p…

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Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com It is common knowledge that NFL scouts value the week of practice more than all-star games themselves. Every evaluator in the business, however, is looking for gamers who perform their best with the lights shining brightest. As such, here is a list of prospects who helped their draft stock Saturday with impressive performances in the 2018 Sen…

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It is common knowledge that NFL scouts value the week of practice more than all-star games themselves. Every evaluator in the business, however, is looking for gamers who perform their best with the lights shining brightest.  As such, here is a list of prospects who helped their draft stock Saturday with impressive performances in the 2018 Senior Bowl. Perhaps most interes…

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At the moment, there's nothing that sounds even remotely positive about Friday's news that Eric Wood has been forced into retirement by a neck injury. The Buffalo Bills are losing a pillar of their team, the anchor of their offensive line, a leader. Their fans are losing someone with whom they had a special connection, a familiar face and voice they felt they could alwa…

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Mock drafts at this point in the offseason are equivalent to throwing darts blindfolded. With Senior Bowl practices getting started Tuesday in Mobile, Ala., the process of formulating draft boards is just beginning. The NFL Scouting Combine is still to come, as is free agency, pro days and team visits with prospects. All of those factor into setting a team's draft board…

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It seemed like a bad fit from the start: Rick Dennison's wide-zone-blocking scheme for the run and an offensive line that didn't have the experience or the right kind of athletes to make it succeed. Dennison didn't use the concept exclusively through his one-and-done season as the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator. However, he used it enough to create at leas…

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By hiring Brian Daboll as his new offensive coordinator, Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott was out to get more than someone to help revive the team's stagnant offense. McDermott also wanted a vital coaching component for developing a rookie quarterback the Bills are likely to select in the draft, as well as bringing the best out of any other QB on the roster. …

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Practices began Monday for the East-West Shrine Game in Florida. Here are some players for Bills fans to watch courtesy of Dan Shonka of Ourlads.com who is among the members of the game's selection committee. Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State: Four-time All America selection and winner of the Doris Robinson Award, given to an FCS player who excels in the classroom…

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You have Buffalo Bills questions that you submitted to me via Twitter @viccarucci. I have answers: I think the bills should go all out to sign Cousins and use all the picks on major needs? Concur? — Joe Zanghi (@jvzanghi) January 11, 2018 Vic Carucci: I can't say I necessarily hate the idea. Paying Kirk Cousins top-end quarterback money, easily above $25 millio…

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It's easy to get hung up on the quarterback position, to make it the be-all, end-all of whatever the Buffalo Bills do during the coming months. The Bills, themselves, have done plenty to help create such thinking, even though their public stance is that they're still "evaluating" what to do about Tyrod Taylor and the rest of the roster. Make no mistake, however. The …