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You can call it a luxury, although it seems much more like a necessity. A 14-year quarterback whose primary role is to serve as an extra coach? How in the world can the Buffalo Bills — or almost any NFL team — afford that when there are so many other priorities that require players who actually play? Here’s how: Their need for someone like Derek Anderson, who they si…

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I first met Marcus Mariota in the Titans’ locker room after his first preseason game in Nashville, only months after he was drafted second overall in 2015, and as the team’s beat reporter spent the next three years chronicling his NFL career for The Tennessean. It’s a run that included a last-place finish his rookie season, when the Titans tied the Browns for the worst …

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Our hot-and-cold, topsy-turvy Buffalo Bills got embarrassed Sunday at historic Lambeau Field and were unceremoniously stuffed in the cooler by the Green Bay Meat Packers. After an almost flawless performance on the road against the Minnesota Vikings the previous week, this one turned out to be lawless. What has happened to our faithful is seemingly fraudulent, and we…

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There was a noticeable edge in Sean McDermott’s voice Monday. The Buffalo Bills’ coach was pointed in his critique of Sunday’s effort in a 22-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers, particularly when it came to the offense. “Overall, offense wasn’t good enough at all,” McDermott said. “Bottom line. Not good enough. Running game, passing game, hits on the quarterback. … It’s…

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Nate Orchard's struggle was broadcast for all to see. The new Buffalo Bills' defensive end had a starring role in this season of the HBO series "Hard Knocks," which followed the Cleveland Browns through training camp. Orchard, a former second-round pick of the Browns, was a main focus of the reality show as he struggled to earn a roster spot. That struggle, and what it …

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One of my pet peeves is people from Buffalo asking in July, “Is it October yet?” We get maybe four months of summer, tops. Let's not rush them along, OK? To all those people, it looks like your time has arrived. Count me among those who will miss the 80-degree days. Onto this week's mailbag ... Rick McGuire asks: I interpret Sean McDermott’s takeover of the defensive…

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As you might imagine, Nathan Peterman's meltdown in Week 1 inspired plenty of questions for this week's mailbag. Let's get to them ... Brendan Sweet asks: What are the chances the Bills bring in a veteran quarterback and release Nathan Peterman? If so, who would it be? Any chance they'd sign Colin Kaepernick? Brian Vattimo asks: Don’t you think the Bills should add a…

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For the time being, the Buffalo Bills appear to be taking a methodical approach to the use of analytics in their football operation. General Manager Brandon Beane said the team's coaching and player-personnel staffs are steadily enhancing their day-to-day work interaction with Luis Güílamo, whom the Bills hired in January as their director of analytics and application d…

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BALTIMORE – Where is the Buffalo Bills’ secondary that was supposed to challenge for the unofficial crown of “best in the NFL?” It certainly was nowhere to be found inside M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, where the Baltimore Ravens blew the doors off the Bills, 47-3, in the season opener. “They beat the hell out of us today,” safety Jordan Poyer said of the Ravens. …

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“The Buffalo Bills are bringing Paxton Lynch in for a workout! They must want to sign him!” “Breshad Perriman is coming too, they’re adding a wide receiver!” Those reactions were common among fans when it was reported this week that a pair of former first-round draft picks were on their way to Buffalo for a workout. The truth, though, is somewhere in between. It rema…

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No room for any extended introductions to the mailbag this week. With the season opener on tap, we're loaded with questions. Let's get to them ... Jimmy Zolnowski asks: Other than Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmonds, who are the young guys the Bills want to build around? Jay: We shouldn’t limit this to only rookies, although the two Jimmy mentioned are at the top of the …

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Just 10 players remain on the Buffalo Bills team from the 2016 roster, built by former general manager Doug Whaley and ex-head coach Rex Ryan. Just three players from the years 2010 to 2016 who were "drafted by Whaley" while he was GM or the right-hand man to Buddy Nix are still on the team. They are John Miller, Shaq Lawson and Adolphus Washington. Whaley held the GM t…

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Sean McDermott gets a little uneasy when asked about those notebooks he has been filling, season after season, for most of his NFL coaching life. “People are going to think I’m anal,” he said with a sheepish grin. Still, no conversation about the start of McDermott’s second year as a head coach is complete without bringing up the notebooks. As with McDermott, himself, t…

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The Buffalo Bills aren't getting much respect heading into the 2018 season. Breaking a 17-year playoff drought last year in dramatic fashion has done little to change the dim projections for the team this season. After Nathan Peterman was announced as the starting quarterback Monday, ESPN's "Football Power Index" was updated. The Bills ranked 32nd — dead last in the NFL…