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Positional flexibility is what led the Buffalo Bills to making Vontae Davis inactive on Sunday. Or perhaps, a lack of positional flexibility. “There's a lot that went into that decision,” coach Sean McDermott said Monday. “No. 1 is getting the right guys on the field, who we feel are the right guys. … With respect to Vontae as it relates to the DB numbers you can hav…

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Head Coach Sean McDermott Monday, September 10, 2018 Opening Statement: Okay we’re going to get started. Update on the injuries, Ray-Ray McCloud is still out with a knee [injury]. As you saw Shaq [Lawson] had a hamstring [injury] yesterday, and Taron Johnson had a shoulder [injury]. Out of all of those, in particular Shaq and Taron are still being evaluated. As far a…

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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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LeSean McCoy was in the middle of an answer Wednesday about how the Buffalo Bills’ offense will run through him when he offered up a strong take on offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. After saying he expected big years out of Kelvin Benjamin, Charles Clay, Marcus Murphy and Chris Ivory, McCoy added  “I’m for sure, I think, the main focus for the defense, but we have a l…

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Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll Thursday, September 6, 2018 Q: Now that we’re entering the regular season, how difficult for you is it to balance giving Josh [Allen] the amount of reps that he needs for him to be able to develop while still game planning for the actual week as well? A: Yeah, Nate [Peterman]’s taking the ones, Josh is taking the [scout] team, so he’…

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Buffalo Bills fullback Patrick DiMarco says offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has a pet phrase he likes to repeat to players. "You've got to stick to what you're good at and give the best look to be effective," DiMarco says. "Coach Daboll says you don't want to try to pound a nail into a cement wall." Translation: Don't keep hammering at the defense's strength. 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…

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Buffalo Bills running back Marcus Murphy’s contributions this preseason have been well documented. The third-year pro leads the team with 11 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown through the first two exhibition games. He’s also the leading punt returner, with 44 yards on just two returns. It was a play Murphy made that didn’t show up in the box score against Cleveland, …

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Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll Thursday, August 23, 2018 Q: Brian, what is it about Marcus Murphy that has made him so successful this preseason? A: Yeah, Marcus, he came here somewhere between week eight and nine last year. [He’s] done everything right; this guy is a young player, but he practices the right way, he prepares the right way. Obviously, he’s had a go…

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Quarterbacks, as you might have predicted, are a popular topic in this week’s Bills Mailbag. Here, for example, are four questions generated after Buffalo’s 19-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. Joey D. asks: Gotta be Josh Allen with the start next game. Gotta see him with the ‘ones.’ Thoughts? Brad Hesch asks: Is Josh Allen…

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PITTSFORD — Brian Daboll demands a lot from his tight ends. The Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator previously coached the position, and expects his players to be able to perform as blockers and pass catchers. "Those guys have to understand all of it," Daboll said Monday. "It never seems like there's enough meeting time for tight ends, because you're pulling half th…

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PITTSFORD – For the second straight day, tensions boiled over at practice for the Buffalo Bills. Safety Micah Hyde and wide receiver Zay Jones tussled during a 7-on-7 drill at St. John Fisher College on Monday. That comes after right tackle Jordan Mills and defensive lineman Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes got into a heated altercation Sunday. Jones and Hyde went helm…

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Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 Q: We haven't talked to you since the game [against Carolina]. Since you've had a couple days to look back at it and have a practice or two in there, just review what the quarterbacks did for us? A: Yeah, [it was a] typical preseason game. There's a lot of good things to learn from, overall as an offense op…

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Quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman will be back on the practice field Monday at St. John Fisher College, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said. "They will be out here ready to go," Daboll said. McCarron had his right leg stepped on during one drill and Peterman had his right (throwing) shoulder checked after falling on it awkwardly. Several m…

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PITTSFORD – It was not a memorable practice for any of the Buffalo Bills’ three quarterbacks Sunday. AJ McCarron, Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen all had at least one pass intercepted on a day the passing attack was stagnant. McCarron was with the first team. Most of his passes were near the line of scrimmage. He made a nice throw to Kelvin Benjamin on a slant route d…