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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…

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The NFL offseason is in full swing. When the scouting combine wraps up early in the week, attention will turn to the start of free agency, which officially gets underway March 13. Not surprisingly, those two topics dominate this week's mailbag. Let's get to it ... Rick McGuire asks: So how exactly is the NFL scouting combine of any real use? Teams have game films and…

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The first dominoes of the Buffalo Bills’ offseason have started to fall. The addition of offensive lineman Spencer Long follows a pattern established last year by General Manager Brandon Beane of pursuing players released by their former team ahead of the official start of free agency. The release of tight end Charles Clay also was an expected move – one that freed u…

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Managing expectations has been at the core of the Buffalo Bills’ message to fans for the better part of the two years since coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane arrived. They’ve been consistent in stressing the importance of building methodically and carefully, with an eye toward succeeding for the long haul, rather than shooting for instant gratificat…

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ATLANTA – Sports dynasties are rarely about a single player or even two or three. You don’t achieve sustained excellence without much broader contributions from players, coaches, talent-evaluators and those who write the checks. Say what you will about the New England Patriots only being as annoyingly dominant as they are because of a certain quarterback who wears No. 12.…

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ATLANTA -- If Super Bowl LIII was Rob Gronkowski’s final NFL game, the Western New York native went out in style Sunday night. As confetti poured down, he waited with most of his New England Patriots teammates forming a human corridor for the relay team of ex-NFL players transporting the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the podium in front of one of the end zones at Mercedes-Benz…

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ATLANTA -- If Super Bowl LIII was Rob Gronkowski’s final NFL game, the Western New York native went out in style Sunday night. A surprisingly dull, defensive-driven contest finally saw its breakthrough moment with just under eight minutes left when the Western New York native caught a 29-yard pass from Tom Brady -- the game’s longest -- to set up the only touchdown in the…

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ATLANTA – I get it. Everybody loves the young guy. He’s new, he’s fresh. He has the dynamic good looks, featuring great hair that stands at attention, to go along with the dynamic personality. The beaming smile and high-energy voice can light up a room. And his team reflects his persona, with an offense that is quick-striking and explosive. At the tender age of 33, Sean …

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ATLANTA -- The conversation starts with Tom Brady’s age, with how incredibly well his body treats him at 41. Sure, the physical aspect matters, because he’s a professional athlete playing a game that has chewed up and spit out countless humans, most before they’re out of their 20s. The fact Brady’s still the starting quarterback for any NFL team, let alone that perpetual …