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E.J. Gaines learned a valuable lesson last year: The grass in Cleveland isn’t necessarily greener than it is in Buffalo. Gaines is back with the Bills after a one-season detour down the 90 westbound with the Browns. The veteran cornerback, who is entering his sixth NFL season, returned to Buffalo on a one-year contract worth up to $2.1 million. That’s just about half…

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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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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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Bills training camp is a long way away, but you can already put down cornerback on the list of position battles to watch. The Bills signed CB E.J. Gaines on Monday, bringing back a player who started on Sean McDermott's defense in 2017. Gaines is expected to make a push for the second cornerback job opposite Tre'Davious White. Levi Wallace had a strong finish to his …

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PHOENIX – The Buffalo Bills have had an exceptionally busy offseason addressing numerous holes, with several new additions likely to be starters. How much better does General Manager Brandon Beane feel his team became after signing 15 unrestricted free agents, 12 for an offense that struggled badly last year? "You feel better that we answered some holes, but my natur…

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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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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…