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Dan Morgan’s dad was a roofer. His mom was a hairstylist, running a salon out of the basement of their Philadelphia home. So hard work courses through the veins of the Buffalo Bills’ new director of player personnel. "I didn't grow up easy," Morgan said in his first interview with The Buffalo News since being hired last month. “My parents definitely taught me the wor…

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Elizabeth Bova admits her Buffalo Bills fandom waned when she moved away from Western New York to Texas. She’s back home now, though, and after a recent interaction with head coach Sean McDermott, Bova will be rooting for the Bills more than ever this fall. McDermott and his wife, Jamie, paid a visit to John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital earlier this month. It was there…

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I'm leading this week's Mailbag with a weather question that was debated in the Bills' media room: How many days a year is it nicer in Buffalo than Atlanta? Now, if you love hot, humid conditions, the answer would be close to 0. But if you can't stand the heat, what is it? You could look at the average number of days with a room temperature of about 72 to get a prett…

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Here's a great bar conversation to have, courtesy of a tweet from NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah on Friday. "The 2011 NFL Draft class should be a documentary one day," Jeremiah wrote on Twitter. "Seven of the top 11 picks will be Hall of Famers. Cam Newton (1) Von Miller (2) AJ Green (4) Patrick Peterson (5) Julio Jones (6) Tyron Smith (9) JJ Watt (11)." I'm not sold …

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Once the Buffalo Bills finalize contracts with their 12 undrafted free agents, the team will have its 90-man roster set. That's not to say there won't be changes before September. June 1 is a key date for potential cuts around the league, and the Bills will surely have an eye on any players who hit the open market who could help. After figuring in contracts for their dr…

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We won't know if the Buffalo Bills aced the 2018 NFL Draft for a few years. We can safely say now, though, that General Manager Brandon Beane accomplished nearly every one of his goals. The team left the draft with potential franchise cornerstones on both offense and defense in quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. They got a potential nickel cornerbac…

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Brandon Beane thought he had prepared for every possible scenario in last week’s NFL Draft. The Buffalo Bills’ general manager ran through situations where the team made both its first-round draft picks. He mapped out what it would look like to trade away one of those picks. He ran through hypotheticals that saw the Bills trade both second-round picks, keep them both or…

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Maniacal Buffalo Bills fans face hard choices. Ken Johnson, the celebrated "Pinto Ron" of Bills pregame fame, had a chance to be in Dallas for last week's National Football League draft. He was invited by Ezra Castro, best known as "Pancho Billa," who offered Johnson a spot on the floor, near the dais, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Johnson turned it down. To go woul…

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The annual pre-draft press conference held by the Buffalo Bills (and every other NFL team) is one of my favorite days of the year on the beat. Watching how many different ways General Manager Brandon Beane – and before him Doug Whaley – can come up with ways to avoid answering questions is endlessly entertaining. Trying to decipher any clues by what is said, or even by …

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Editor's note: News Bills writers Jay Skurski and Vic Carucci have taken opposing views on the Bills' potential draft strategy. Here, Skurski argues that the time is now to sell the farm to get a franchise quarterback. Carucci argues the Bills have too many holes to fill to give up too much for a quarterback. The Buffalo Bills haven’t come this far to turn back now. …

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On New Year's Day, not even 24 hours removed from the Bills clinching a playoff spot and ending a 17-year playoff drought, Sean McDermott already was prepared to issue a warning. It wasn't directed at Jacksonville, their postseason opponent, but long-suffering Buffalo fans. McDermott helped bring order to a confused and sometime reckless front office along One Bills Dri…

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Remember when Mario Williams made his visit to Buffalo Bills as a free agent and the weather was incredible? I've been thinking about that a lot this week, as the Bills bring some of the draft's top prospects to town for visits. The conditions outside are drastically different than they were in March 2012, when there was a glorious run of 80-degree days during Williams'…

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Bills long snapper Reid Ferguson was among a number of Bills players who joined team chaplain Len Vanden Bos on a recent mission trip inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. Ferguson shared his experiences with The Buffalo News in a guest column. What started as, or what I thought was, a normal mission trip to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, ended up being …

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Consider this my official plea to the NFL: Please, move the draft up at least two weeks on the calendar. Perhaps the pre-draft process just feels like it's dragging more than usual this year because of the buzz around the Buffalo Bills' plans, but I'm ready for the picks to start being made. I've read more mock drafts and scouting reports than I  care to admit. With …

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Sunday is the first day of April, for my money the best month on the sports calendar. It's no joke. How can you beat a month that begins with the NCAA basketball title games (women's Sunday, men's Monday) and ends with the ubiquitous NFL draft? Baseball gets into full swing, which means real box scores for us fantasy geeks. The Masters starts Thursday, with heightened a…