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Lee Smith feels back at home. The Buffalo Bills’ new tight end has returned to the team he spent the first four years of his NFL career with, signing Monday as a free agent after four years with the Oakland Raiders. “There's so many great things going on here, from the way the Pegulas have transformed this whole organization and this building,” Smith said Wednesday a…

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The Buffalo Bills have something that has eluded them for a long time: Stability. The team is entering the third year under the leadership of coach Sean McDermott. That means the same defensive system for three years in a row. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will return for his second season on the job, so the offense will have continuity that it has long lacked. Las…

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Jim Kubiak has been analyzing the play of the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks for BNBlitz.com. Kubiak is the all-time leading passer at Navy, has played in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League, and has been a coach and executive in the AFL. He spent eight years as the radio analyst for the University at Buffalo and runs the Western New York Quarterback Academy to h…

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NASHVILLE – Ed Oliver liked everything about his pre-draft visit to the Buffalo Bills. The former University of Houston standout defensive tackle was overwhelmed by the team’s new, $18 million weight room, and had nothing but positive encounters with players and coaches. In short, Oliver would be more than pleased if the Bills, who own the ninth overall pick, were to…

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NASHVILLE – They were only together for one season, 2017, but it was a year Alabama’s football team won a national championship. Jonah Williams was a sophomore offensive tackle. Brian Daboll was in his only year as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator. The experience went so well that Williams would relish the idea of the Buffalo Bills drafting him Thursday night…

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Unpredictable is a good word to describe the 2019 draft. That starts at the top, with the Arizona Cardinals still not saying who they plan to pick first overall on Thursday night, and continues through the ninth selection, which the Buffalo Bills currently hold. Defensive end? Tight end? Defensive tackle? Offensive tackle? Wide receiver? General Manager Brandon Beane…

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The Gronk persona is that of a goofy, fun-loving, care-free character who took almost nothing seriously. That isn't the person Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll remembers during the three seasons he worked with Rob Gronkowski as the New England Patriots' tight ends coach from 2014 to 2016. "He was a really good guy to coach," Daboll told The Buffalo Ne…

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The Bills have added former New England Patriots center Ryan Wendell as an offensive assistant, a team spokesman confirmed. The addition was first reported by ESPN. Wendell, who turns 33 Monday, is making his coaching debut and is reunited with Bills offensive coordinator and former Patriots assistant Brian Daboll. Wendell played eight seasons in the NFL, retiring af…

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A warm meal is always welcome on a cold, blustery Buffalo winter day. For about 100 Western New Yorkers who visit the Buffalo City Mission, that meal happened to be served up Wednesday by several members of the Buffalo Bills' coaching staff. For the second consecutive year, 14 members of the team's coaching staff, along with cornerback Levi Wallace, assisted the miss…

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The Buffalo Bills don’t have a hole at their starting tight end position – yet. Charles Clay and his $9 million salary still occupies that spot, but that’s not expected to be the case for long. If Clay is released, the Bills would save $4.5 million against the 2019 salary cap, a move that looks like a no-brainer after the veteran finished with just 21 catches for 184 ya…

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When Josh Allen heard Wednesday that Lorenzo Alexander is returning for another season with the Buffalo Bills, the young quarterback promptly sent a text to the veteran linebacker. “As soon as it got done, I said, ‘Congratulations, captain, it’s time to get back to work,’” Allen said by phone Thursday. “He responded with a pretty nice little thing, but that’s what he is…

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This is the next in a series analyzing the Buffalo Bills' most significant questions entering the offseason. Part 8: What's next for offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier? Another round of NFL head-coaching changes is all but officially over. For the Buffalo Bills, not only does that mean Sean McDermott becomes their first head coach…

Analysis

My performance analysis of Josh Allen this past season has led me to contemplate what characteristics define Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks. In an attempt to understand this phenomenon, I conducted a Championship Study, using my quarterback performance grade technique to analyze the quarterback performances in Super Bowls L, LI, LII, to discern the qualities they share. …

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A good sign of just how much Josh Allen has won over Buffalo came at Thursday night’s Sabres game. When Allen was shown on the Jumbotron – wearing a Tre White Goalie Academy sweatshirt – the crowd inside KeyBank Center cheered as loud as it did all night. Allen took in the applause with a smile and a wave. He could be on a beach somewhere, so it was somewhat surprising …

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This week, The Buffalo News will be gauging fan approval ratings for a number of Bills coaches and players. We began with the coordinators, head coach and general manager before moving to players on offense and defense. Consider a vote for stay to be a positive on the approval rating and a vote for go as a negative.