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Ken Johnson, known far better as “Pinto Ron” around greater Buffalo, vividly remembers meeting Ezra Castro. It is important to read that sentence exactly as written, because Castro is being eulogized throughout the football world as Pancho Billa, the mask-and-sombrero wearing character he made famous in the stands at Buffalo Bills games. They were introduced in the crow…

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The hard news about Ezra Castro had just started moving Tuesday morning around Twitter when Brandon Beane’s phone began to buzz in Orchard Park. He glanced at the number and understood immediately what the call would mean. It was Veronica Borjon, Castro’s longtime partner. She was calling the Bills general manager to tell him about the death of Castro, 39, who with his …

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It was a (checks calendar) chilly start to rookie minicamp Friday for The Buffalo News. A total of 54 drafted rookies, undrafted free-agent signings, first-year veterans and tryout players practiced outside on the grass fields at One Bills Drive on a day that felt more like November than May. Enough of my complaining, though, let's get to this week's mailbag ... Nick…

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You have Buffalo Bills questions that you’ve submitted to me via Twitter @viccarucci. I have answers: IDon’tTrustTheProcess asks: The Bills have said they believe they don’t need to have a true #1 WR. In a passing league, who on the roster is capable of drawing double coverage to get the matchups necessary for the offense to succeed? Do you think they will still add …

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The Buffalo Bills won’t play a football game that counts for another four-plus months. That’s a good thing, because it might take that long to sort out who should be on the final 53-man roster. "I don't know the order how a lot of these positions – whether it's O-line, receiver, tight end, running back – I don't know how it's going to shake out,” General Manager Bran…

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Quarterback defined the Buffalo Bills’ 2018 draft. In many ways, it defined their 2019 draft, too. Last year, the Bills were primarily focused on finding their long-term quarterback answer and traded up twice to make Josh Allen the seventh overall pick. On Thursday night, they watched as two QB-needy clubs with the Nos. 1 and 6 choices, the Arizona Cardinals and N…

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Try as the Buffalo Bills might to temper expectations, there can be no doubting their mission. Be a winner. Now. The “process” was a nice talking point for the first couple of years of the Sean McDermott-Brandon Beane regime. It’s time to set it aside for a real discussion about becoming a real force in the AFC East. In a matter of 10 weeks, the Bills have remade …

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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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Buffalo Bills fans have come to consider it a form of cruel punishment by the NFL. Come December, they're forced to sit in the cold and on snow-covered aluminum seats at New Era Field to watch their favorite team play multiple games. In each of the last three seasons, it happened three times. But this year, the league is giving Bills fans a little bit of a break. …

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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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Josh Allen was in his glory through the first few days of last month’s NFL free-agency period. The Buffalo Bills were stocking up on offensive players. Guys who would protect him. Guys who would catch his passes. It was a flurry of activity, all clearly designed to do everything possible to help maximize Allen’s production in his second season as the Bills’ quarterback.…

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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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There are compliments and then there’s what Rob Chudzinski had to say when asked about Frank Gore the other day. “He’s everything that you would want the NFL to be about,” said Chudzinski, a former offensive coordinator and head coach in the league. Let that sink in for a moment. It’s one thing to say a player is everything you would want your team to be about. Ta…

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So far, the Buffalo Bills' offseason has been dominated by a move they didn't make. The team's reported interest in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers for star receiver Antonio Brown never came to be, but it was a clear sign that General Manager Brandon Beane will be aggressive in trying to build talent around quarterback Josh Allen. Beane gets the chance to do tha…