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Trent Murphy is an excellent fit for the Buffalo Bills' defensive scheme, even though he's coming from the 3-4 defense of the Washington Redskins. Murphy lined up as a defensive end on a four-man line on 76 percent of his snaps for the Redskins in 2016. That's exactly how he will be used in Leslie Frazier's 4-3 Buffalo defense. If Murphy can keep ascending in his car…

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Can we have an honest conversation about the Buffalo Bills' defense? It overachieved by a country mile in 2017. Yes, the defense drove the bus on the Bills' road to the playoffs. But Sean McDermott and defensive chief Leslie Frazier had to squeeze every ounce of production possible out of the unit. The numbers are not pretty. The Bills ranked 26th in yards allowed, 2…

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Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente says Tremaine Edwards is the kind of player who makes coaches look smart and teammates look better. "He made so many plays we just started to call him 'The Eraser,' " Fuente said Friday while traveling home from the NFL Draft in Dallas. "If things were messed up, if guys missed an assignment, he would always find a way to get the g…

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The selection of Josh Allen positions the Buffalo Bills to follow the offensive blueprint the Carolina Panthers have used with Cam Newton. It's a blueprint that the Bills' braintrust, Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott, obviously are comfortable following. Like Newton, Allen gives the Bills a giant, rocket-armed, pocket passer with mobility. Like Newton, Allen is no…

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Below is the data on the top 100 prospects for the NFL Draft, based on a composite of the top 100 rankings from NFL.com's Gil Brandt, ESPN's Jeff Legwold and NFLDraftScout.com, plus the top 50 ranking of the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah. Can't see the PDF above? Click this link: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4444677/ProspectChart18Top100FINALv15.pdf

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The more draft picks you have, the better. It's an NFL truism. The draft is a crapshoot, and more picks increase a team's odds of getting good players. Except it's a truism that is trumped by another: A good quarterback is essential to long-term success. There's the rub at the top of the NFL Draft. Every year, teams mortgage the future for a player in the top 1…

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Here's another log on the fire that is the Buffalo Bills' burning need for more upgrades at wide receiver: The Bills ranked 28th in the NFL last season in missed tackles forced by skill-position players, according to a study by Pro Football Focus. Thank goodness for LeSean McCoy. The Bills' star ranked 10th in the NFL among running backs in missed tackles forced, wit…

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Below is the data on the NFL Draft's top 100 prospects, rated by taking a composite of the top 100 ratings of NFLDraftScout's Dane Brugler and Scout.com, the top 100 picks of ESPN's Todd McShay and the top 50 of the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah. PDF not visible above? Click the link below: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4436571-Top-100-Prospects.html#do…

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Laying the groundwork for continuity on the offensive line will be a key objective for the Buffalo Bills over the next five months. The Bills benefited from excellent continuity last season on the way to a playoff berth but face the big hurdle of replacing retiring center Eric Wood, who has been the key to the front five's continuity throughout his career. The Bills …

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The Buffalo Bills are going to have more of their salary cap eaten up by "dead space" this year than at any point in their last 16 seasons. The good news for the team is they have cleared the decks of a lot of contracts and should have huge room to be free-agent spenders next season. The Bills currently have $35.9 million in dead cap space – money allotted to players…

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AJ McCarron has great intangibles and he knows how to operate the quick, precision passing game. That's the kind of offense McCarron ran in Cincinnati as the backup to Andy Dalton. That's the kind of offense Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll lived in for 11 years as an assistant coach in New England. For those two reasons, McCarron looks like a fine fi…

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If there ever was a time for Buffalo Bills fans to have blind faith in head coach Sean McDermott, the signing of Star Lotulelei is it. Granted, McDermott has built up a heap of faith among fans by virtue of ending the playoff drought. But McDermott's personal connection to Lotulelei gives the signing a high chance of success for the Bills. McDermott knows what good r…

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(This is the third of three stories on the Bills' salary cap.) Players on their first NFL contract who start are like gold. Consider the salary of Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz, a Pro Bowler in just his second season. He will play in 2018 on a contract that averages $6.6 million a year. That's a third of what the 16th-highest paid QB (Miami's …

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(This is the second of a three-part series on the Bills' salary cap heading into the 2018 free-agency season.) One look at the top seven players on the Buffalo Bills' salary table shows why the team still is a ways from title contention. The top two – quarterback Tyrod Taylor and left tackle Cordy Glenn — surely aren't part of the long-term future of the team, regard…