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Chad Hall and his wife, Rose, were out to dinner recently to celebrate the 33rd birthday of the Buffalo Bills’ first-year receivers coach. It was supposed to have been just the two of them, but when word of their special night found its way onto a text thread of the players in his position group, the dinner lost its intimacy. “One of them got on it and was like, ‘Coa…

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Welcome to the NFL’s true offseason. The six weeks between the end of spring practices and the start of training camp is the only slow spot on the league’s calendar. With that in mind, a note of thanks to all of you who have produced such good questions week after week for the mailbag. Before I head out on my own summer vacation, here’s one last mailbag to wrap up the s…

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A nugget of wisdom from an all-time great has stuck with Ray-Ray McCloud this offseason. The Buffalo Bills’ second-year receiver distinctly remembers something former Panthers and Ravens star Steve Smith said in an interview. “They asked him, ‘What motivated you so long?’ " McCloud said. "He said, ‘Knowing every day in that building, I could get fired.' ” That ans…

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The Buffalo Bills got an early start on their summer Thursday. Head coach Sean McDermott canceled the team’s final practice of mandatory minicamp and instead hosted a field day inside the ADPRO Sports Training Center. “I’ve been encouraged with the participation, with the attitude, with the work ethic,” McDermott said Monday. “The guys are coming together.” That’s…

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Bills wide receiver Robert Foster suffered a foot injury last week, and the team is evaluating its severity. Coach Sean McDermott told reporters Tuesday on the first day of minicamp that he doesn’t think it’s a long-term injury but it’s “still early in the process.” Wide receivers Zay Jones will not practice and Cole Beasley will be limited, meaning three of the Bill…

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NFL teams usually dread the period between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp. It’s a time when players return home, unwind, and sometimes find themselves in trouble. The Buffalo Bills didn’t have to wait for that period to start next month, though, as trouble found rookie linebacker Tyrel Dodson last weekend. Dodson was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz.,…

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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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The Buffalo Bills' offseason has hit its first bit of adversity. When Sean McDermott started his news conference before the team's second spring practice session, he read an injury report that sounded like it should have come in Week 7 of the regular season. The good news is it's May. There is time for those players to get healthy. The bad news is, those injured play…

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A light bulb seemingly went off for Zay Jones last season. Through the first 11 games of 2018, the Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver was targeted 60 times and made 27 catches for 392 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The “bust” word was even whispered about the 2017 second-round draft pick. The low point came in a Week 11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, when Jones was ta…

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The Buffalo Bills’ injury report Tuesday read more like a particularly tough week in the regular season. Before the team headed out to the practice field, coach Sean McDermott read a lengthy list of players who wouldn’t participate, including three of the team’s big free-agent additions. “Tyler Kroft yesterday sustained a broken foot and will have surgery today,” cam…

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Three of the Bills' free agent additions on offense will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Tyler Kroft, the Bills' expected starter at tight end, broke a foot on the first day of organized team activities Monday, coach Sean McDermott told reporters Tuesday. Kroft will have surgery Tuesday. It is the second time he has broken the same foot within the last six…

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Cole Beasley’s lifelong goal sits on 730 sprawling acres outside Junction, Texas. It’s there that the Buffalo Bills’ new receiver recently had a new ranch built. The four-bedroom home – one room for his parents and one each for Cole, his brother Shayne and sister ShayeLynn – will be a gathering spot as the site of future Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The hunters i…

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Props to you, the readers, for providing some great questions this week in the Bills Mailbag. A programming note: If yours didn't make it this week, I've got it saved for next week. Let's get to it ... Viva Los Bills #PonchoPower asks: What returning starter from last season is the most likely not to make the team in 2019? Jay: First of all, well done on the name.…

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No one was in the house to hear Jason Milne laugh on that Friday night last October, with his wife and three young daughters out of town, and the former college defensive back felt compelled to share his joy. Milne rewound the televised game he was watching, hit play after a few seconds and held his iPhone vertically, pointing its camera toward the bottom right corner o…

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Josh Allen was in his glory through the first few days of last month’s NFL free-agency period. The Buffalo Bills were stocking up on offensive players. Guys who would protect him. Guys who would catch his passes. It was a flurry of activity, all clearly designed to do everything possible to help maximize Allen’s production in his second season as the Bills’ quarterback.…