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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 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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Dan Merkel was walking toward his minivan early Tuesday, preparing to leave for work from his Orchard Park home, when he noticed a frightened young dog trying to scramble across Milestrip Road. Fearing the dog would get hit in busy traffic, Merkel paused to call to the animal, a young female who immediately ran to him. He brought her into his home, where his wife, Kim, …

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Losing Kyle Williams is going to hurt the leadership of any locker room. The Buffalo Bills, though, look as if they should be able to withstand it. Veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander figures to immediately step into that role, but he’s already announced the 2019 season will be his last. That means the Bills will be looking for another defensive player to emerge. As…

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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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It's hard not to appreciate what Lorenzo Alexander does for the Buffalo Bills. The 35-year-old plays a mean linebacker and remains effective special teams, but his biggest contribution may be the service he provides as the team's veteran leader. Take, for example, this excerpt from Vic Carucci's story on Dion Dawkins. Dawkins may face competition for his job at left tac…

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Dion Dawkins would like nothing better than to begin his third season with the Buffalo Bills at left tackle, the position he has played since his rookie year in 2017. Dissatisfied with the play of the offensive line during the team’s 6-10 finish in 2018, General Manager Brandon Beane aggressively addressed that area by signing six free agents at tackle and guard. At lea…

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The Buffalo Bills turned their attention to the other side of the ball Friday night during the second round of the NFL Draft. The team traded up two spots to the 38th overall pick to select Oklahoma offensive tackle Cody Ford. To make the deal, Buffalo sent the 40th pick in the second round and No. 158 overall in the fifth round to the Oakland Raiders -- a pick that act…

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It’s finally here. After months of buildup, the first round of the NFL draft gets started at 8 p.m. Thursday in Nashville. The Buffalo Bills have the ninth overall pick – barring a trade – and several different directions they can go. That means it’s time for a draft edition of the mailbag. Let’s get to it. Joseph Spinelli asks: If the choice was yours, who do you…

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Unpredictable is a good word to describe the 2019 draft. That starts at the top, with the Arizona Cardinals still not saying who they plan to pick first overall on Thursday night, and continues through the ninth selection, which the Buffalo Bills currently hold. Defensive end? Tight end? Defensive tackle? Offensive tackle? Wide receiver? General Manager Brandon Beane…

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Micah Hyde couldn’t resist a little trash talking as he met with reporters Thursday to promote his first charity softball game in Buffalo. “I feel like we, as a defense, are going to smash the offense,” Hyde said at Sahlen Field, which will be the site of the June 2 clash of Buffalo Bills teammates and other participants. “We know that the defense is a lot more skilled,…

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April is one of the best sports months of the year. The start of baseball, the Masters, the start of the NBA and NHL playoffs (remember those, Sabres fans?) and, of course, the NFL draft. Naturally at this time of year, that topic dominates this week's mailbag. Let's get right to it ... I’Don’tTrustTheProcess asks: What is the likelihood the Bills take a flier in the…

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This week’s Mailbag has a heavy emphasis on how the Bills should go about rebuilding on the offensive side. Let’s get right to your questions … Greg Tompsett asks: Do you think it makes sense to view the offensive line rebuild as a two-year project: a few free-agent signings and multiple draft picks, then further investment in free agency and the draft in 2020, viewing …

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Welcome to the first celebrity Bills Mailbag. Check out the first question to see what I mean. Topics this week include the possibility of adding Antonio Brown in a trade, what the team might do with all of its cap space and what’s in store for Duke Williams. Let’s get to it … Luke Russert asks: Do you think there’s a mindset within One Bills Drive that the clock rea…

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This is the next in a series analyzing the Buffalo Bills’ most significant questions entering the offseason. Part 9: Is Dion Dawkins a legitimate starter at left tackle? Dion Dawkins doesn’t need anyone to tell him he didn’t perform nearly as well in his second season with the Bills as he did in his first. He’s more than willing to rip his own performance to shreds. …