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PITTSFORD – There are milestones at every training camp. Saturday was one of those days at St. John Fisher College, as the Buffalo Bills practiced in pads for the first time in the 2018 season. “It brings back good memories,” center Ryan Groy said. “Every late July, you bring out the pads and it’s real football. It’s time to go.” Throughout the spring and for the …

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A lot of questions this week, so no room for an introduction. Let's get to the mailbag ... Jeff F. asks: Which under-the-radar player is your early guess for the surprise of camp? Jay: Rookie undrafted receiver Robert Foster. The Alabama product played last year for new Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll with the Crimson Tide. He has the size and speed NFL teams…

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So much for that "quiet time" on the NFL calendar. In the past three weeks alone, the following has occurred: A dead body was found at the home of Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, and the player's brother has been charged with manslaughter. Adam "PacMan" Jones got into a fistfight in the middle of the Atlanta airport (he wasn't arrested and police said he was defendin…

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Welcome to the period of the NFL calendar teams dread most. The six-week break from the end of spring practices to the start of training camp gives players a chance to reconnect with their families and get some much-needed rest. It also provides them the sort of free time that scares teams, because that's when bad decisions can be made. Surely, that was part of Sean McD…

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Former Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito has returned to his Arizona home, two weeks after being admitted for an involuntary mental health evaluation by police in Florida. "I'm training my (expletive) off at EXOS back home in Phoenix," Incognito wrote in a text message first sent to the Associated Press and then later The Buffalo News. "So thankful to have so many gr…

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Each week, Bills writer Jay Skurski answers questions from readers in his Bills Mailbag. You can submit questions via jskurski@buffnews.com or @JaySkurski on Twitter. Here are two additional questions from last week. (You can read the full Mailbag by following the link below.) David asks: Can the change in O-Line scheme actually improve the O-Line play even with the …

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The signings have slowed to a trickle around the NFL. After a frantic first week of free agency, most of the headline-grabbing moves have been made, but as the Buffalo Bills showed Monday, there is always work to be done. General Manager Brandon Beane added depth to the offensive line with the signings of former Bengals center Russell Bodine and former Raiders right tac…

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Despite the immediate grading of each's team draft class, the real grades are determined over time when potential meets productivity. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. re-graded the 2017 draft after he gave the Bills a B+. Only the New Orleans Saints, with an A, did better. The Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francis…

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The Buffalo Bills gave Dion Dawkins one heck of a vote of confidence Monday afternoon. By agreeing to trade former franchise left tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals when the NFL's new league year opens Wednesday, the message to Dawkins is simple: It's your job now. "I actually feel great that the coaches are trusting me this early in my career," Dawkins sai…

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With the Bills' expected trade of left tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals, the starting job figures to belong to Dion Dawkins. Dawkins, a second-round draft pick out of Temple, started 11 games at left tackle, while injuries plagued Glenn. The trade cannot be made official until the start of the new league year at 4 p.m. Wednesday, so neither team can comme…

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Year One of the Brandon Beane-Sean McDermott pairing in Buffalo was a leap in the right direction. The Buffalo Bills ended an embarrassing 17-year playoff drought under the leadership of their general manager and head coach. If nothing else, that bought them a longer rope among the team’s passionate fan base. Their work is far from done, though. The end goal, of cour…

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NFL.com is doing a breakdown of each team's rookie class by division. The site gave the Bills an overall grade of B for a group that includes Tre'Davious White, Zay Jones, Dion Dawkins, Matt Milano, Nathan Peterman and Tanner Vellajo. Here is the breakdown: "Buffalo found a pair of immediate contributors in White and Jones, with the former playing so well that he bui…

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The drought is dead. The Buffalo Bills finally ended a 17-year postseason dry spell, leading to mass celebrations, six-figure charitable donations and hope that, finally, the team is on the right path under the leadership of General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Before attention turns squarely to planning for 2018, though, here is one final look bac…

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Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander Q: Are you trying to pick up where you left off next year? A: I mean, that’s the plan for me. Obviously, the organization has to make a decision on whether or not they want to keep me and then once that happens, I have to earn my right back on this team. Until, obviously, March, the league year is not over so I’ll still be coming up here,…

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It’s a good thing Kyle Williams didn’t hear Zay Jones this week. If he did, the Buffalo Bills’ veteran defensive tackle’s red beard probably would have turned gray. “Yeah, man, I've never missed the playoffs!” Jones, the Bills’ rookie receiver, said with a smile at his locker. His comment wasn’t meant to minimize the 17-year playoff drought that fans have endured …