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The dizzying number of changes implemented by the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2017 season have been well-documented. Just 22 players who appeared in a game for the team at any point last year are back this year. A total of 21 offensive players who accounted for 3,752 snaps and 20 defensive players who took 7,089 snaps in 2016 are either playing elsewhere or out of th…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. There was no time to think. Only time to act. One phone call had changed everything. And now, Lindsey and Stephen Hauschka were in a race against time — and their baby’s expected due date. With bags packed, the young couple arrived at the airport eager…

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As a rookie head coach for the New York Jets, while his dazed city and a nation recovered from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Herm Edwards would stand at the 50-yard line for "The Star-Spangled Banner" and remember his late father. Master Sgt. Herm Edwards Sr. spent 27 years in the Army, fought in World War II and the Korean War and raised his children for a whi…

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NFL sideline protests had been a fading issue. A few players still kneel or raise a fist during "The Star-Spangled Banner," but the regular season began three weeks ago. Fans are watching the games, tracking their fantasy players, betting the point spreads. While Colin Kaepernick's continued unemployment after kneeling out national anthems last season remains a debate, p…

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Reporters flocked to his locker. The TV cameras went three rows deep. Jordan Poyer is suddenly living the life of an NFL superstar. Three weeks ago, that was unimaginable. At that time, Poyer was just another new face in a completely rebuilt Buffalo Bills secondary. When he said, “I don’t know if any of you knew who any of us were,” in front of all those TV cameras, …

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brandon Beane's parents knew it was pointless to say goodbye before the Buffalo Bills' charter buses pulled away from Bank of America Stadium. Bob and Cindy Beane rose glumly from their seats, the season tickets they've had for 18 years in Section 340, while a song they've always relished hearing, "Sweet Caroline," played Panthers fans out the aisle…

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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were given funzo questionnaires for the Buffalo Bills' 2017 media guide. Favorite movie, best concert attended, biggest pet peeve, last book read and so forth. The Q&A's were conducted separately, but they produced a striking parallel. In response to "biggest obstacle overcome," they gave the same answer. "Breaking into the NFL…

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Poor Brandon Beane. Such terrible timing. Off he went to the Buffalo Bills, an NFL outpost enduring the longest playoff slump in North American professional sports. Back home, the Carolina Panthers – the team he helped construct – made a move that would have allowed him to become their general manager. Two months after Beane left his position as Panthers assistant ge…

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Not all of the interviews and research about Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott made it into my feature about him. Here are my favorite surplus items from "the process." Bills crew, assemble Through a long interview in June at the end of Bills minicamp, McDermott seemed to get most animated when I asked him what it was like, after years of imagining about it, what…

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Sean McDermott was a coaching prospect, strolling the Philadelphia Eagles' practice facility with two wise assistants who owned whistles older than he was. He walked alongside defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and offensive coordinator Rod Dowhower, seven decades of NFL and college coaching experience between them. McDermott, known for continuously sopping every ounc…

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LAS VEGAS – Whether or not you bought into the NCAA's spook stories that Jerry Tarkanian was shady, it's a fact the legendary basketball coach relied on one particular trick to keep his UNLV recruits in the dark. The school was called Tumbleweed Tech back then. It was the early 1970s, and the glitzy Runnin' Rebels were barely a glimmer in Tarkanian's eye. So to lure …

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WILLIAMS, Ariz. – Mary Lois Nittmo’s closest confidants were worried. She was on an interstate quest to locate the ex-husband who abandoned their four little children 12 years ago. One friend dreaded the journey would be a waste of time, that Mary Lois would drive 30 hours round trip without making contact. Another was afraid that she would find him, and the encounte…

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In a blink, detailed storylines can project through the mind. We might experience a lifetime in our dreams although asleep just 30 minutes. They say when you're about to die, your entire life flashes before your eyes. An NFL punt takes about two seconds from the ball being snapped until it's kicked. That's how long it took Walt Patulski to visualize the career he …

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Natalie Perez-Smith didn't know what to make of the digital message she saw on an Elmwood Avenue parking meter. "dEAd." The 20-year Buffalo cop never had seen that before. So she snapped a picture to dispute the possible ticket for parking at a conked out meter. Then Perez-Smith headed into the restaurant for a spirited chat about how inoperable the NFL looks these d…

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On the surface, Colin Kaepernick's protest is startling and indecent. When the national anthem is performed before San Francisco 49ers games, Kaepernick will not stand. He takes a knee, a gesture that has generated headlines and torn at the fabric of American patriotism. He's considered by many a thankless American millionaire. His jerseys have been immolated. But…