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The crop of prospects for the 2020 NFL draft came into clearer focus Tuesday. The NFL announced the list of 99 players who have been granted special eligibility for April’s draft. In addition, 16 more players who have completed their college degree were granted eligibility. The 99 players marks the third straight season underclassmen entries into the draft have decre…

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A change at coordinator paid off for the Buffalo Bills on special teams in 2019. Under first-year coordinator Heath Farwell, the Bills finished 12th in the annual rankings of the league’s 32 special-teams units. Those rankings have been put together for the last four decades by long-time NFL writer Rick Gosselin. They are accepted as the league standard. The Bills fi…

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A look at the playing time for the Buffalo Bills in their playoff loss to the Houston Texans provides a reason to believe the team’s future is bright. The team’s first four drafted rookies from 2019 all played key roles. That was true not only against the Texans, but throughout the regular season. “I think this rookie class overall probably progressed quicker than th…

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This week’s Bills Mailbag leads off with a look at Brandon Beane’s draft-day maneuvering. It also hits on Josh Allen’s season and future, the risk involved with re-signing Shaq Lawson and a final take on the touchdown that wasn’t against the Texans. Let’s get to it … Brett Carruthers asks: Will the Bills package some picks and try to move up for one of the stud wide rec…

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Tre'Davious White will have some company next week. The Buffalo Bills' cornerback will be joined by teammate Tremaine Edmunds on the AFC squad for the Pro Bowl. Edmunds, who was a first alternate, was named to the game Thursday as an injury replacement for New England's Dont'a Hightower. Edmunds led the Bills with 115 tackles in 2019. He also had nine passes defensed…

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It didn’t rise to the level of Wade Phillips benching Doug Flutie for Rob Johnson, but Sean McDermott was still willing to make a rather significant change to his game-day roster heading into the postseason. McDermott played wide receiver Duke Williams against the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card game earlier this month. Williams had been a healthy inactive for eight …

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The good news is, Shaq Lawson looked like a first-round draft pick in 2019. The bad news is, it took four years for the Buffalo Bills’ defensive end to get there. That leaves the team with a big decision to make as Lawson approaches unrestricted free agency. Can he continue to produce the way he did in helping the Bills to a 10-6 record and a second playoff berth in …

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The Bills Mafia traveled well in 2019. The Bills ranked third in the NFL this past season in road attendance, with an average of 71,579 fans at their eight games away from New Era Field. That’s something that the team’s front office – and especially players – noticed. “You go back to Nashville, Miami and Houston. Nashville, that game, that was like a bowl game,” G…

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Watching the Sabres on Thursday night, I was left with one thought: The Sabres are wasting Jack Eichel's prime. Eichel is an MVP candidate this year, and it's not going to mean a thing. Maybe his best years are still to come, which is a scary thought for the league, but do you have confidence in the Sabres getting it together any time soon? Eichel turns 24 next year.…

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Brandon Beane needed a minute to compose himself. The Buffalo Bills’ general manager doesn’t speak publicly very much during the season, so when it was his turn during the team’s end-of-year press conference, Beane had a lengthy list of thank-you's. He started with coach Sean McDermott and his staff for the job they did in leading the team to a 10-6 record and a seco…

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Frank Gore’s impact on the Buffalo Bills figures to be felt long after his time on the playing field is finished. The veteran running back’s future is up in the air after the Bills were eliminated Saturday from the AFC playoffs. Gore’s contract expires in March, and he hasn’t decided if he wants to continue playing after a decorated, 15-year career that will surely lead…

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Josh Allen made significant strides in his second professional season, but he’s far from a finished product. That’s a good way to summarize what Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott had to say about their young quarterback Tuesday during the team’s season-ending press conference. “He’s made a tremendous amount of progress, let’s s…

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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane will meet with the media Tuesday for their season-ending press conference, earlier than either of them would have preferred. The Buffalo Bills’ head coach and general manager will recap the 2019 season – one that ended Saturday with a 22-19 overtime loss to the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card playoff game – while surely feeling like t…

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Former Bills coach Wade Phillips was informed Monday that he will not be retained as the Los Angeles Rams' defensive coordinator. Phillips met with coach Sean McVay Monday as the Rams began evaluating the 2019 season, which ended with a 9-7 record and the Rams' missing the playoffs a season after playing in the Super Bowl. Phillips oversaw a unit that ranked 13th in …

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The Buffalo Bills have started to turn the page to the 2020 season. The team signed 10 players from its practice squad to reserve/future contracts Monday. They were: quarterback Davis Webb, cornerback Cam Lewis, running back Christian Wade, tight end Nate Becker, wide receiver Nick Easley, linebacker Tyrel Dodson, wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, linebacker Del'Shawn Phil…