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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A The top-10 rushing attack from the past few seasons emerged Sunday as the Bills rushed a whopping 46 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns. LeSean McCoy finally had room to run, and took advantage with 113 yards on 26 carries. With Chris Ivory out of the lineup because of injury, Marcus Murphy took over as the No. 2 running back and…

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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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By now, the Buffalo Bills are used to life on the road. Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts closes a brutal stretch of five road games in the first seven weeks of the season. While that's great for my Marriott points, it's not so good for a Bills team struggling to score points. The home-heavy portion of the schedule starts next week when the Bills play an AFC …

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: C The Buffalo Bills were balanced, rushing 27 times and passing 29 times. LeSean McCoy had a second straight solid, but not spectacular, game. He finished with 73 yards on 16 carries. Rookie quarterback Josh Allen scrambled four times for 20 yards, including one that went for 11 yards. Backup running back Chris Ivory couldn’t get much …

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Among the more bizarre scenes in the Buffalo Bills' 13-12 victory on Sunday was what appeared to be a fake field goal, although only the holder, Corey Bojorquez thought it was a fake. Kicker Stephen Hauschka and the other nine players on the field all thought it was a field goal attempt. "Just a miscommunication on my part," Bojorquez said. "I misunderstood what the coa…

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“The Buffalo Bills are bringing Paxton Lynch in for a workout! They must want to sign him!” “Breshad Perriman is coming too, they’re adding a wide receiver!” Those reactions were common among fans when it was reported this week that a pair of former first-round draft picks were on their way to Buffalo for a workout. The truth, though, is somewhere in between. It rema…

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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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The Bills' first preseason home game takes place at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 vs. the Carolina Panthers. Here's what you need to be paying attention to. 1. The quarterbacks. Duh. Through two weeks of training camp, there has not been a noticeable separation between Nathan Peterman, AJ McCarron and Josh Allen. Who gets the call as the starter? Do both McCarron and Peterman play with…

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Special Teams Coordinator Danny Crossman Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 Q: So the average starting point after kickoffs league wide was 24.9. Talking to your colleagues in the league, if you had to guess, [there’s] a new kickoff rule, is it going to be more or less? A: I am not a big fan of guessing. I think the biggest thing for me, and you look around the league, it’s g…

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The Buffalo Bills’ special teams took the biggest step forward of any team in the NFL in 2017. The Bills finished tied for seventh overall in Rick Gosselin’s annual rankings of the league’s 32 special-teams units, an increase of 17 spots from their No. 24 finish in 2016. Gosselin’s rankings, which are compiled by assigning points based on a team’s finish in 22 kicking g…

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This week, The Buffalo News will be gauging fan approval ratings for a number of Bills coaches and players. Today, we begin with the coordinators, head coach and general manager. While clearly the Bills are not parting with Sean McDermott or Brandon Beane, consider a vote for stay to be a positive on the approval rating and a vote for go as a negative. Feel free to l…

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Danny Crossman doesn’t take offense to the Buffalo Bills’ special teams being called boring. It’s actually a compliment for the team’s fifth-year coordinator. “The first key to winning games is not beating yourself,” Crossman said Thursday. “With the way we are trying to win games – which is the only thing that matters – I don't care what we're doing in terms of numb…

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1. Buffalo Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin has a torn meniscus in his right knee, the team confirmed Monday. Benjamin, who was acquired from the Carolina Panthers at the trade deadline, was injured in the Bills' Week 11 loss to the Los Angles Chargers. He was originally classified as questionable for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but downgraded to out aft…

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PITTSFORD - Austin Rehkow stands on the sideline at St. John Fisher College, gripping his shoulder pads and holding his helmet in one hand. His hair is drenched with sweat after a two-hour training camp practice. Nearby, a swarm of fans dangle over fences and chant “Shady” as they await autographs from Buffalo Bills star running back LeSean McCoy. The only way any of th…

Now that Kathryn Smith has made history as the first full-time assistant coach in the NFL, it's a good time to explain what her role will be with the Buffalo Bills. Smith’s title – quality control-special teams – is a bit nebulous, as was head coach Rex Ryan’s statement announcing her hiring. “Kathryn has been working in a football administrative role and assisted the ass…