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Welcome to the mailbag. This week, we're tackling the future of Thomas Davis, comparing the two Duke Williams, debating Shaq Lawson's future and projecting the number of trades the Bills will swing. Let's get to it ... Rick McGuire asks: Any chance the Bills sign former Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis? Seems to me he could be a great teacher/mentor for the younger guys…

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The expected has occurred: Danny Crossman is out as the Buffalo Bills' special teams coordinator. Crossman was fired Thursday by coach Sean McDermott after a disastrous 2018 season for the Bills' special teams. Buffalo finished the year last in rankings compiled by analytics website Football Outsiders. Crossman, who joined the Bills in 2013, amazingly served under th…

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When the Bills run: Buffalo has not been very efficient running the ball, averaging just 3.95 yards per carry, which ranks 27th in the NFL. Things have been better the last two weeks though, as the Bills have been run dominant, carrying 81 times for 379 yards (4.7 yards per carry) in wins against the Jets and Jaguars. Quarterback Josh Allen did the most damage on the groun…

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The Buffalo Bills have their third different punter this season. They signed Matt Darr to a one-year contract Tuesday, making him the second replacement for Colton Schmidt. The Bills had released Schmidt before the start of the season after choosing rookie Corey Bojorquez to replace him. However, after Bojorquez landed on the injured-reserve list, the Bills re-sig…

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The Buffalo Bills have released punter Colton Schmidt for the second time this season. The team announced Tuesday that Schmidt had been released and that it had signed Matt Darr to a one-year contract. Darr, 26, last appeared in the NFL in 2016 with Miami before being waived at the beginning of the 2017 season. He averaged 46 yards on 182 punts in two seasons with th…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B Rookie Josh Allen has wheels. He set a franchise single-game rushing record for quarterbacks, finishing with 99 yards on 13 carries. He had more than 100 yards until a pair of kneel downs at the end of the game. Allen’s 14-yard touchdown run on a designed quarterback draw put the Bills up on the first play of the fourth quarter. He l…

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The Buffalo Bills were on the ropes, but they fought back Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field. A massive brawl erupted late in the third quarter Sunday, with the end result benefiting the home team in a 24-21 win. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette started throwing punches at Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson, who returned the favor. That led to b…

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When the Bills run: The struggles of the running game have come into focus this week. LeSean McCoy has 24 attempts in the last three games. Those have produced 24 yards. Backup Chris Ivory has been the more the effective runner, but he’s dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday. The offensive line shares some of the blame here, because there h…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F The final numbers mask how awful this was. The team gained 97 yards on 28 carries, but 46 of those yards came from quarterback Nathan Peterman, including a 24-yard scramble on the final play of the first half – when he elected to run instead of throwing a Hail Mary to the end zone. LeSean McCoy’s long run on 10 carries was just 4 yards…

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LeSean McCoy has eluded media members much better in the last week than he has defenders. The Buffalo Bills’ running back was a no-show on the field and in the losing locker room after his team’s 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday at New Era Field. McCoy gained just 10 yards on 10 carries in the loss. Over the last three weeks, McCoy has run 24 times … for 24 y…

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The second quarter of the 2018 season looked painfully similar to the first for the Buffalo Bills. The team went 1-3 again in the second quarter of the season, dropping its record to 2-6 halfway through the season. More troubling is the way they are losing. The offense is historically bad, leading to games feeling like they’re over the minute the team falls behind by tw…

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Everything you need to know, plus what I’ll be watching for Sunday when the Buffalo Bills host the Chicago Bears. TV: Fox. Announcers: Chris Myers (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (color analyst). Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.5 FM. Announcers: John Murphy (…

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When the Bills run: It’s still hard to believe LeSean McCoy’s last 11 carries against the Patriots went for just 1 yard. It’s understandable why McCoy was so frustrated after the loss. Chris Ivory is just 13 yards behind McCoy for the Bills’ rushing lead, although McCoy has played two fewer games. Neither player is averaging better than 3.4 yards per carry. The Bears have …

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When the Bills pass: Quarterback Nathan Peterman gets the call as the starter for the season opener after a dynamite preseason, during which he displayed pinpoint accuracy by completing more than 80 percent of his passes. One of Peterman’s strengths is getting the ball out of his hands fast. The analytics website Pro Football Focus tracks the time a quarterback takes from …

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The first question to Sean McDermott on Monday was about a punter. Sure, it might have been made partly in jest, considering the news of the day was a starting quarterback being named. But it still was a relevant topic. The Bills made a somewhat surprising swap Sunday when they released Colton Schmidt, their punter the past four seasons, replacing him with rookie Cor…