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Props to you, the readers, for providing some great questions this week in the Bills Mailbag. A programming note: If yours didn't make it this week, I've got it saved for next week. Let's get to it ... Viva Los Bills #PonchoPower asks: What returning starter from last season is the most likely not to make the team in 2019? Jay: First of all, well done on the name.…

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Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Ed Oliver was taking some inspiration on the field from team superfan Pancho Billa during the rookie minicamp Friday at One Bills Drive. Oliver was wearing a red-and-blue “#PanchoPower” wristband he got during a visit Tuesday to see Ezra "Pancho Billa" Castro at a Houston hospital. Castro, 39, is in hospice care for cancer that be…

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The Buffalo Bills have nearly their entire draft class under contract, a day before the start of rookie minicamp. The team announced Thursday evening that seven members of their eight-man draft class have been signed, highlighted by first-round pick Ed Oliver, the defensive tackle out of Houston. The others signed Thursday include Oklahoma offensive tackle Cody Ford …

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For those Buffalo Bills fans looking to purchase an Ed Oliver jersey, the team revealed his number officially on a video posted on its social media channels. Oliver had wanted No. 91, and now he has it. Kyle Peko, who previously had the number, posted on his Instagram account that he was changing to No. 94. "Go Bills, shout out to fans," he said and then showed his l…

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Bills' defensive tackle Ed Oliver will always have a tie-in to Pancho Billa, the Bills superfan fighting cancer who helped call in Oliver's name during the draft. But Oliver took things a step further this week, scoring points with Bills fans in the process. Oliver, who played for the University of Houston, decided to pay a visit to the man behind the mask at a Hospice …

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Bills top draft pick Ed Oliver visited super fan Ezra "Pancho Billa" Castro on Tuesday in Houston, according to a video clip posted on Oliver's Instagram account. Castro, 39, is in hospice care for cancer that began with a mass around his spine and spread into other organs, including his liver and lungs. Oliver is a Houston native. Thanks to club officials, Castro…

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The NFL draft, like opening day and the Super Bowl, should be a national holiday. Perhaps three days are too much for the NFL, but we can punt Presidents, Labor and Columbus Day, and I love me some veterans but combine Veterans with Memorial Day, and yes, I know the difference. This is Draft Day, dammit! I hate to even call it "Draft Day" after that awful movie that sho…

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You had to feel for Harrison Phillips, who had the kindness in his heart to FaceTime with Bills superfan Ezra Castro during the first night of the draft. Castro, better known as Pancho Billa, is the fan battling cancer who was granted the opportunity to announce a draft pick during the 2018 draft in his home state of Texas. Phillips was the pick. He was described as "a …

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Grading NFL drafts a day after they finish is silly. The reality is, the true measure of a team's class can't be taken now, but rather in two or three years when those players have had a chance to adapt to the NFL. Nevertheless, that's not going to stop a flood of national analysts from offering their immediate reactions on the draft classes of all 32 NFL teams. Like…

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Ed Oliver took the odd step of announcing more than a year in advance that he would turn pro following his junior season at the University of Houston. Not long after, he delivered a far more surprising message to his coach. This one merited no public interest, but promised a far greater impact on Oliver’s day-to-day life. "You’ve got an All-American defensive lineman…

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Ed Oliver had to repeat the question before answering. "What do I think when I hear I’m Kyle Williams’ replacement?” the Buffalo Bills’ new defensive tackle said Friday. “I think Kyle Williams is a great player. I think Kyle Williams will wear a gold jacket one day. I just want to come in and compete and help the team in any way possible. I don't even think about that. …

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Try as the Buffalo Bills might to temper expectations, there can be no doubting their mission. Be a winner. Now. The “process” was a nice talking point for the first couple of years of the Sean McDermott-Brandon Beane regime. It’s time to set it aside for a real discussion about becoming a real force in the AFC East. In a matter of 10 weeks, the Bills have remade …

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Q: What are your first thoughts on the building and what you’ve seen so far today? A: I’m just so excited to be here. It’s everything that I thought it was going to be, plus more. I’ve met everybody. I’ve met the Pegulas. Great people in this building – defensive coordinator, head coach, defensive line coach, I met everybody today. Again, it’s everything I expected. Q: E…

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The newest member of the Buffalo Bills reported to work Friday. Defensive tackle Ed Oliver, the team's first-round draft pick Thursday night, arrived in Western New York and got the full tour of the team's facilities at One Bills Drive. "I'm just so excited to be here," Oliver said during his introductory news conference. "It's everything that I thought it was going …

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The Bills' selection of Ed Oliver with the No. 9 pick Thursday night was almost universally lauded, with one notable exception. Here are what some national analysts had to say in grading the Bills' pick. Pete Prisco, CBS Sports I thought he was misused at Houston. I think this kid is going to be special at the next level. He is not Aaron Donald, I don't like that…