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The Buffalo Bills’ defense looked like an entirely different unit in the second half Sunday. After getting smoked to the tune of 284 yards and 28 points in the first half of the home opener at New Era Field, head coach Sean McDermott took over play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. The results were immediate: The Bills held Los Angles to 65 to…

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LeSean McCoy turned down an interview request Sunday, saying a rib injury made it hard to talk. A report early Monday morning would seem to confirm why. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that McCoy suffered fractured ribs in the 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. However, Rapoport issued a correction to that report later Monday morning, saying that McCoy did…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME:  LeSean McCoy rushed nine times for 39 yards. It’s the ninth time in his past 17 games that McCoy has been held to less than 50 yards. McCoy had a long run of 27 yards, which means his other eight carries gained just 12 yards. That’s putting the Bills in obvious passing situations, which is bad news. Backup running backs Chris Ivory an…

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Sean McDermott had seen enough. The Buffalo Bills’ coach took over play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier in the second half of Sunday’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in the home opener at New Era Field. “I just thought we needed a spark and that’s my background,” McDermott said in his postgame press conference. “Coach Frazier does a r…

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When the Bills run: LeSean McCoy got just four touches in the first half of Week 1. That’s not anywhere close to enough. McCoy admitted this week he has a tendency to try and do too much when the offense is struggling. He rushed for 114 yards and accounted for two touchdowns against Los Angeles last year (one rushing, one receiving), providing one of the Bills’ few bright …

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Even the one time the Buffalo Bills did sack Joe Flacco on Sunday was a bit of a disappointment. With the Baltimore Ravens leading 17-0 early in the second quarter, Flacco dropped back to pass. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes came racing into the backfield, and looked to have a free shot on Flacco. Instead of taking down the Ravens’ quarterback, however, Hughes whiffed…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F Get used to that grade. You’re going to be seeing it a lot here. LeSean McCoy carried seven times for 22 yards. He was outgained on the ground by Josh Allen. Marcus Murphy might be making a run at the No. 2 job – he led the team with six carries for 31 yards, while Chris Ivory rushed just three times for 3 yards. Allen showed off som…

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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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When was the last time a preseason game generated this much buzz? I wouldn't be surprised if there are 60,000 people in the stands Sunday when the Buffalo Bills host the Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Field. The highlight, of course, will be rookie quarterback Josh Allen working with the starters – an excellent opportunity for him to win the starting role for the season …

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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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Admittedly, the bar is low when it comes to preseason openers, but that was a solid showing from the Bills' offense on Thursday night. For what it's worth, I thought Josh Allen played a better game than social media would have you believe. There are a lot of "analysts" out there who seem to have a big interest in Allen failing to justify their scouting reports of him be…

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This is the first in a series on 10 key questions facing the Buffalo Bills entering training camp. Read the rest of the questions here.  Buffalo Bills fans weren't impressed with the performance of Mike Tolbert last season as the team's backup running back. Neither was the rest of the NFL, apparently, as Tolbert remains a free agent. To address that, the Bills add…

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Here's a great bar conversation to have, courtesy of a tweet from NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah on Friday. "The 2011 NFL Draft class should be a documentary one day," Jeremiah wrote on Twitter. "Seven of the top 11 picks will be Hall of Famers. Cam Newton (1) Von Miller (2) AJ Green (4) Patrick Peterson (5) Julio Jones (6) Tyron Smith (9) JJ Watt (11)." I'm not sold …

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The Buffalo Bills have a crowded running back room, but that's not stopping them from looking to add to the position. The team is hosting free agent Kenjon Barner on a visit to One Bills Drive, a league source confirmed to The Buffalo News. Barner's visit was first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Bills have been active at running back this offseason.…

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The signings have slowed to a trickle around the NFL. After a frantic first week of free agency, most of the headline-grabbing moves have been made, but as the Buffalo Bills showed Monday, there is always work to be done. General Manager Brandon Beane added depth to the offensive line with the signings of former Bengals center Russell Bodine and former Raiders right tac…