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If you couldn’t tell by looking at this special section, the Buffalo Bills’ success or failure in 2019 will rest largely on the performance of second-year quarterback Josh Allen. If his game rises to another level, so too should the Bills’ spot in the standings. If Allen regresses, though, serious questions could emerge about the future direction of the team. What ha…

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Derek Anderson informed the NFL of his intention to retire last week. Anderson spent part of last season with the Buffalo Bills, serving as a mentor to rookie Josh Allen and appearing in two games. Anderson, who turns 36 next month, had re-signed with the Bills after the season but indicated recently to the team that he was thinking of retiring. He took to Twitter…

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Tyree Jackson wasn’t going to bite. His ready answer for practically every question reporters asked after Friday’s practice at Buffalo Bills rookie minicamp included some variation of him being “excited” and focused on “getting better each day.” The former University at Buffalo quarterback, whom the Bills signed as an undrafted free agent, wasn’t going to venture any…

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It was a (checks calendar) chilly start to rookie minicamp Friday for The Buffalo News. A total of 54 drafted rookies, undrafted free-agent signings, first-year veterans and tryout players practiced outside on the grass fields at One Bills Drive on a day that felt more like November than May. Enough of my complaining, though, let's get to this week's mailbag ... Nick…

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The Buffalo Bills' quarterback room appeared set in late December when Matt Barkley and Derek Anderson signed contract extensions a week apart. The team was widely praised for locking in mentors Josh Allen appeared comfortable learning from. "I think knowing the job of the quarterback, I kind of respected and appreciated it more watching a guy like Derek [Anderson] and …

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The Buffalo Bills suddenly have an opening on their quarterback depth chart after veteran Derek Anderson informed General Manager Brandon Beane on Thursday that he intends to retire. Anderson, who makes his offseason home in Arizona, had not participated in the team's offseason conditioning program to this point. In an interview with The Buffalo News, Beane confirmed th…

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The Bills are ranked 26th in the quality of their quarterback group, according to Sports Illustrated's Connor Orr. The criteria: "Who has the best quarterback situation in the NFL, taking into consideration not just starting talent but cost, health, backup quality and other contributing factors? Who has the worst? With one more major improvement opportunity about a mont…

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INDIANAPOLIS – Brandon Beane joked Thursday that he’s resting more comfortably now than he was a year ago at this time. That’s because he’s not obsessing over who is going to play quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. That job belongs to Josh Allen, with Matt Barkley and Derek Anderson behind him. “I sleep a little bit better than I was last year at this time,” Beane sa…

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There’s good news and bad news when it comes to injuries for the Buffalo Bills in 2018. The good news is, for the second straight year, the team enjoyed good health. The bad news, of course, is that fact didn’t matter much in a 6-10 season. Bills starters lost a total of 30 games to injuries in 2018. That’s an improvement over the 39 games lost during the 2017 season and…

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ATLANTA -- The Buffalo Bills have filled two big vacancies on coach Sean McDermott's staff. The team announced Saturday afternoon that it has hired Ken Dorsey as quarterbacks coach and Chad Hall as wide receivers coach. Dorsey replaces David Culley, who left the Bills' staff to take a job with the Ravens, while Hall replaces the fired Terry Robiskie. Dorsey, 37, was …

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This is the next in a series analyzing the Buffalo Bills’ most significant questions entering the offseason. Part 10: Are the Bills set at backup quarterback with Matt Barkley? Matt Barkley never doubted himself. The Buffalo Bills’ backup quarterback did, however, wonder why he was out of the NFL for as long as he was. “I’ve been cut. I've been injured. I've been …

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This is the first in a series analyzing the Buffalo Bills' most significant questions entering the offseason. Part 1: What's next in Josh Allen's development? If you listen to Geoff Schwartz, it’s pretty much over before barely having the chance to begin. The former NFL offensive lineman and current analyst of the league doesn’t see any hard facts to support Josh All…

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Sean McDermott was asked Monday during his season-ending press conference if it was fair to grade his team on a curve, given the youth of the roster and the salary cap situation heading into the year. “I understand where you’re coming from with that and I’m more concerned right now with the direction of the organization, the direction of our football team,” the Buffalo …

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On his first Black Monday, the day after the regular season finale when underperforming NFL coaches are often fired, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen took a moment to appreciate his franchise’s stability, a situation not afforded many of his rookie counterparts around the league. It begins with Bills coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane being under…