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[BN] Blitz newsletter: What to know for Thursday, Aug. 31

[BN] Blitz newsletter: What to know for Thursday, Aug. 31

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Guard John Miller said some of his family members are evacuating South Florida as Hurricane Irma approaches. ( News file photo)

The Bills are in action tonight, hosting the Detroit Lions at 7 p.m. in the preseason finale.

It could be an ugly one.

The Bills are resting the majority of their starters and are handing most of the quarterbacking duties to Keith Wenning, who was just signed Monday. The Lions plan to rest most of their starters, too; expect to see a lot of rookie Brad Kaaya under center.

The most interesting thing to watch for Bills fans could be the battle at right guard between John Miller and newcomer Vlad Ducasse. "That is still an open competition," coach Sean McDermott said this week.

Wenning scrambling to get ready for Bills' preseason-finale

What else is interesting about the game? What other positions are up for grabs? Kimberley A. Martin breaks it down in her Five Things to Know about the game.

Lookie, Lookie: The Bills named '60s era fullback Cookie Gilchrist as the 31st member of the team's Wall of Fame. He will be posthumously honored at halftime of the Oct. 29 game against Oakland.

"The two long-standing oversights on the Bills' Wall of Fame now have been corrected," Mark Gaughan wrote in a column. The other correction was honoring Lou Saban.

Gilchrist still owns the Bills record for most rushing touchdowns in a game, with five.

Quote of the day: In Gaughan's column, he recalls that Jack Kemp once told him Gilchrist was a better all-around football player than the legendary Jim Brown.

"Jim Brown is a good friend of mine, but Cookie in my opinion was better all around. He could block. He could catch passes. He could tackle. He could kick field goals. He was really one of the greatest all-around football players. Jim Brown was the greatest runner."

Mark Gaughan: Cookie Gilchrist's Wall-of-Fame honor rights oversight

Finally! Former Bill Mario Williams found a buyer for his $2.5 million mansion. It had been on the market since the spring of 2016.

It's a beautiful home, though. Take a look inside in this photo gallery.

What to do with Marcell Dareus? After his latest misstep, cutting Dareus would be better late than never, Bucky Gleason wrote in a column. But, Vic Carucci added, Dareus' bloated contract means that even if the Bills wanted to get rid of him, they are probably stuck with him.

The latest on Jordan Matthews: The Bills top receiver says he's expecting to play in the season opener after suffering a chip fracture in his sternum during trailing camp, although he'll need to wear a special padded shirt, Vic Carucci writes.

Did anyone get cut yet? NFL teams used to be required to cut as many as 15 players following their third preseason game. But that changed this year – there is only one official round of cuts, taking place after every team completes its preseason schedule. That means general manager Brandon Beane and assistant GM Joe Schoen are in for one heck of a Saturday. Jay Skurski spoke to both of them about what a crazy day that is expected to be in his Inside The Bills column.

However ... the Bills did cut six players already, including safety Bacarri Rambo.

Around the AFC East: Even with Julian Edelman out for the year, the Patriots are still heavily favored to win the division, Kimberley A. Martin writes.

Podcast: Looking for Bills talk on your morning commute? Check out Daily Drive podcast, with Paul Peck and Kevin Sylvester:

Daily Drive Podcast: Looking at the Bills' draft mistakes

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