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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…

Cornerback Vontae Davis' free agency tour, which kicked off Thursday in Buffalo, has moved down the 90 West to Cleveland. According to a report Friday from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Davis is making a free-agent visit with the Browns. Davis is free to sign before the official start of free agency next month because he was released by the Colts in November. The Bills p…

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For a playoff team, the Buffalo Bills have a long list of needs. General Manager Brandon Beane acknowledged as much last month at the Senior Bowl. “We're a long way from where we need to be,” Beane said in Mobile, Ala. “This year was setting the culture and expectations of what we need to get done.  ... We have a lot of holes to fill. We know that. We're going to do …

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The Buffalo Bills’ 2017 season was barely 20 minutes old, but cornerback Leonard Johnson couldn’t help but think ahead. “I would love, love, love to come back and be a part of this team again,” the veteran cornerback said in the visiting locker room after the Bills’ 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC wild-card game last month. “Obviously, us making the play…

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There is no doubt that it is a new era for the Buffalo Bills. In the month that has passed since the team was eliminated from the postseason, General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott have continued to overhaul the organization, from the training staff to the coaching staff and, even an entire department that was created under the old front office structure…

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The Buffalo Bills’ defense was a different unit when E.J. Gaines was on the field in 2017. The team’s record with and without the veteran cornerback explicitly displays that. The Bills went 8-3 when Gaines played and 1-4 when he didn’t on their way to a 9-7 record. “Eric Wood actually pointed that out,” Gaines said with a laugh last month before the team’s regular-se…

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Bills fans find themselves in a tough spot Sunday. Rooting for the Jacksonville Jaguars or New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game is like choosing between watching a Sabres game or assembling furniture: both options are unpleasant. The Doug Marrone redemption angle this week has been exhausting: Marrone was a bullying micromanager when he was here who quit…

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A year after leading the NFL with 24 unrestricted free agents, the Buffalo Bills are once again a team loaded with expiring contracts. The Bills have 18 players set to hit the open market in March, meaning General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott will continue their radical reshaping of the roster that started last year. Some of that reshaping will be done…

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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…

Tre'Davious White deserves the attention he's currently receiving following a standout rookie season for the Bills at the cornerback position. But his secondary mate, E.J. Gaines, pieced together a fine campaign of his own and put an exclamation mark on it against the Dolphins in Miami. The fourth-year cornerback out of Missouri received an overall Pro Football Focus gr…

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ORLANDO – It wasn't a dream, Bills fans. The 17-year playoff drought is over. Buffalo's 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday improved the team to 9-7, but it wasn't until the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens about 30 minutes later that the Bills' postseason ticket was punched. A crowd numbering in the hundreds greeted the Bills' charter flight when it…

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So it comes down to this for the Buffalo Bills. Beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and get some help around the league, and a 17-year playoff drought will be over. You know the scenarios by now, but once more here they are: A Buffalo win coupled with a loss by Baltimore against Cincinnati gets the Bills in the playoffs. The other path for the Bills includes beating Miami…

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Wide receiver Deonte Thompson did not practice Friday for the Buffalo Bills and is listed as questionable on the final injury report heading into Sunday’s season finale against the Miami Dolphins. Thompson left Thursday’s practice with a shoulder injury. Coach Sean McDermott called it a “game-time decision” about whether the receiver would be able to face Miami. Thompso…

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Long after practice was over for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Charles Clay remained on the field. One by one, an equipment manager fed balls into a JUGS machine for the veteran tight end, who stood a few yards away, making every catch. That type of extra work has become commonplace for Clay as he manages a nagging knee injury that has either prevented or limited him f…

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Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee) was on the field Thursday as the Bills practiced in advance of Sunday's regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins. He did not practice Wednesday and was listed as limited on Thursday. Center Ryan Gory (illness) and cornerback Shareece Weight (concussion protocol) were not on the field and did not practice. Defensive lineman…