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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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Ezra Castro was on the phone Thursday with a co-worker in Dallas when a call came in from a number he did not recognize. Some instinct told him he had better take it, and he apologized to his friend and switched to the new call. A man asked for Pancho Billa. He identified himself as Sean McDermott, head coach of the Buffalo Bills. “I was like, man, you sound like him…

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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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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A The top-10 rushing attack from the past few seasons emerged Sunday as the Bills rushed a whopping 46 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns. LeSean McCoy finally had room to run, and took advantage with 113 yards on 26 carries. With Chris Ivory out of the lineup because of injury, Marcus Murphy took over as the No. 2 running back and…

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Bills. Jets. Barkley (maybe). McCown. Feel the excitement. Let's get to this week's mailbag ... Jim Eimer asks: Has Bills management ever explained why they neglected offense (quarterback depth, wide receiver, offensive line)? They’ve become the Cleveland Browns of the NFL — a laughingstock. Jay: Here’s what I think happened: The team made the decision to move on …

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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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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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If you haven’t already been poring through information on 2019 NFL draft prospects, now would be a good time. The hot mess that is the Buffalo Bills’ 2018 season managed to get even messier with Sunday’s 41-9 loss against the Chicago Bears at New Era Field. Here’s a bulletin: At 2-7, the Bills’ season is effectively over. With little hope of fielding a credible offen…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F The final numbers mask how awful this was. The team gained 97 yards on 28 carries, but 46 of those yards came from quarterback Nathan Peterman, including a 24-yard scramble on the final play of the first half – when he elected to run instead of throwing a Hail Mary to the end zone. LeSean McCoy’s long run on 10 carries was just 4 yards…

Bills

If you haven’t already been poring through information on 2019 NFL draft prospects, now would be a good time. The hot mess that is the Buffalo Bills’ 2018 season managed to get even messier with Sunday’s 41-9 loss against the Chicago Bears at New Era Field. Here’s a bulletin: At 2-7, the Bills’ season is effectively over. With little hope of fielding a credible offen…

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The second quarter of the 2018 season looked painfully similar to the first for the Buffalo Bills. The team went 1-3 again in the second quarter of the season, dropping its record to 2-6 halfway through the season. More troubling is the way they are losing. The offense is historically bad, leading to games feeling like they’re over the minute the team falls behind by tw…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Chicago Bears Sunday at New Era Field: 1. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s Nathan Peterman time again. The man responsible for some of the most atrocious moments in Bills history is expected to get his fourth career start. On Friday, Sean McDermott seemed to want to avoid saying that publicly so much, he actual…