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Former Bishop Timon and University at Buffalo linebacker Demone Harris has signed with the Baltimore Ravens's practice squad. Harris announced his signing on Instagram. Harris could possibly move to the active roster as the Ravens deal with a torn triceps injury to Pernell McPhee suffered Sunday. McPhee is likely going to miss the rest of the season. Harris worked ou…

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CANTON, Ohio — Ed Reed has sour memories from the one season he spent as an assistant coach in the NFL, when he helped guide the Buffalo Bills' defensive backs in 2016. What Reed disliked the most from the experience was what he said was the incompetence of the staff Rex Ryan assembled in his second and final year as head coach. Reed gave his frank assessment Friday, a …

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Only days before the start of training camp, the Buffalo Bills are kicking the tires on a pair of free-agent linebackers. Josh Bynes, an eight-year NFL veteran who has played for three teams, and Stephone Anthony, a four-year pro who has played for two clubs in the league, visited the Bills Monday, The Buffalo News confirmed. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the visi…

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The small photo inside a circular diamond-studded, gold medallion stares at you from the middle of John Brown's chest. When you stand in front of the Buffalo Bills wide receiver, you look at James Walker as well. Walker's death nine years ago might have separated them physically, but the bond lives on. Besides the medallion, Brown wears three tattoos honoring Walker's m…

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Every year, there’s a discussion about the gamble NFL teams take with their September-through-January fortunes by putting players on the field April through June. With each so-called low-intensity, non-contact offseason practice, players chance blowing out a knee or breaking a bone or tearing a muscle, injuries that threaten seasons and even careers. The subject has hit…

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John Urschel needs little introduction around Buffalo. The Canisius High School graduate, a former Penn State and Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, continues to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT. And he’s written a book, “Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football,” which went on sale Tuesday. The memoir was co-written with his wife, journalist Louisa Thomas, …

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Balitmore Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon was fined $10,026 for his unnecessary roughness penalty on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Athletic Baltimore. Judon hit Allen at the end of a scramble that gained three yards on a second-and-8 play at the Ravens' 19-yard line midway through the third quarter. Bills offensive tac…

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The opening script was masterful. The personnel groupings and formations were constantly shifting. The play-action run fakes were creating gaps in the defense. The matchups were being exploited. All the things Buffalo Bills fans were hoping to see from their team’s offense were on display Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Unfortunately for the Bills, it was Ra…

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Here are predictions from members of The Buffalo News' sports staff on Sunday's Bills-Ravens season opener: VIC CARUCCI Nathan Peterman might have been steady enough to beat an unsteady rookie for the Bills' starting quarterback job. Getting the better of a Ravens defense that's bound to generate a great deal of pressure against a rebuilt offensive line looks to be a…

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Nathan Peterman will have to watch out for unaccounted for blitzers off the edge against the Ravens. Baltimore blitzed defensive backs on 14 percent of pass plays last year, fourth most in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders. The Ravens allowed only 3.5 yards per pass on those DB-blitzing plays. Here was a Week 5 play from last season on which the Ravens blitzed bo…

Nathan Peterman was named the Bills’ starting quarterback to the chagrin of some fans. Nonetheless, the Bills were obviously not satisfied with a 300-yard offense when they jettisoned Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland and then traded up to land QB Josh Allen in the first round. Allen appears to be a work in progress, though, and with projected starting QB A.J.McCarron going dow…

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Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season, which includes the Sept. 9 season opener against the Bills. The league said Smith was suspended for violating the personal conduct policy. He is eligible to return on Oct. 1 following the Ravens' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The suspension stems from …

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Along with the release of the NFL schedule, the way-too-early odds for Week 1 were posted Thursday night. The Bills visit the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 9 in the season opener. According to LVSuperBook, the Ravens are a 3.5 point favorite. VegasInsider.com has the Ravens favored by 3. This is the second time the Bills will open the season in Baltimore in the past t…

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Wide receiver Anquan Boldin was removed from the Bills' retired/reserve list, but says he has not decided whether to resume his playing career. He claimed that he had not given it much thought, but said he still works out every day and knows he could play. “Definitely,” Boldin said Saturday at Torrey Smith's charity basketball game, according to the Baltimore Sun. “I…

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The Buffalo Bills have tiebreakers to thank for ending their postseason drought. And the last time their obscure tiebreaker was needed to determine a playoff berth, the team it benefited won the Super Bowl. The Bills finished 9-7 on two other occasions since the turn of the millennium, but neither instance was good enough to get the Bills into the playoffs. This s…