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This is the ninth part of a series looking at 10 questions facing the Bills entering training camp, which begins Thursday. Today's question: Who will win out at punter? In 2018, punting was a problem for the Buffalo Bills. A big problem. Between poor performance and poor health, the Bills never managed to fix one of the major flaws in a special teams unit filled with…

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This week's Bills Mailbag focuses on LeSean McCoy's future, the biggest remaining position of need … and my son's golf game. Let's get right to it: Jim Eimer asks: Who will be the biggest surprise cut? If you were general manager, what is a blockbuster trade you would consider — either trading away or a position of upgrade? Jay: Both answers involve LeSean McCoy. The…

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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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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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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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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F The ugliest effort of the year. LeSean McCoy gained 12 yards out of the wildcat formation on the first play of the game. He gained 1 yard on his next 11 carries. Seriously. The question might not be should the Bills move McCoy by Tuesday’s trade deadline, but rather, would another team want him? The blocking and the play calling dese…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B This isn’t the reason the Buffalo Bills lost. Despite LeSean McCoy contributing just 1 yard, the Bills finished with 135 as a team. Chris Ivory ran hard in gaining 81 yards on 16 carries, while Marcus Murphy showed good burst in gaining 53 yards on just four carries. The team’s average of 6.1 yards per rush was a full two yards bette…

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When the Bills run: Brian Daboll heard the cat calls. The Bills’ offensive coordinator called a season-high 43 rushing attempts in Week 5 – a game plan designed to get the run game going, which in turn would take pressure off rookie quarterback Josh Allen. The team averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on those 43 attempts, but it was enough to get a win. LeSean McCoy, the sub…

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The Buffalo Bills spent big this offseason on their front seven with the idea that investing there would greatly improve the run defense. Through five games in 2018, the numbers say that has happened. The Bills currently rank 12th in the NFL against the rush, allowing 96.2 yards per game. Last year, they finished 29th in the NFL, allowing 124.6 yards per game. “We ju…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A- Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll listened to the fans, and head coach Sean McDermott, as the Bills ran the ball 43 times, a season high. Although the team’s yards per carry was not dynamic – 3.3. – the offense stuck with it, and grinded out the needed yards at the end to get in position for the game-winning field goal. LeSean McCo…

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When the Bills run: Coach Sean McDermott made it clear this week that the Bills’ offense absolutely has to get the running game going. That, of course, means giving LeSean McCoy more than the five carries he got in Week 4. That’s an inexcusably low number. The middle of the Bills’ offensive line has to get more of a push. On runs behind left guard or right guard, the Bills…