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The last raindrops fell just before the home run derby that served as the opening act for Micah Hyde's first charity softball game Sunday at Sahlen Field. The Buffalo Bills' safety had checked his phone about every 15 minutes in the morning for weather updates. "For the last week, honestly," Hyde said. "It said thunderstorms, lightning early in the week. And now it’s…

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There’s usually no tackling for the Buffalo Bills in the spring. That NFL rule got broken more than a few times Monday, though. In conjunction with the league’s Inspire Change Initiative, six members of the team visited Bornhava, an Amherst-based early childhood center for children with developmental disabilities. The kids there had huge smiles on their faces as they to…

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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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With less than two weeks remaining until the NFL Draft, it's as difficult as ever to predict which direction the Buffalo Bills will go with their first-round draft pick. With a roster that doesn't have a lot of crying needs, General Manager Brandon Beane has no shortage of options -- both with his draft position and the players he targets. This week's mailbag thoroughly…

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A critical offseason is about to start for the Buffalo Bills. Year No. 2 of the Brandon Beane-Sean McDermott pairing produced a step back with a 6-10 record. That was not entirely unexpected, though, after the team moved on from starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, replacing him with rookie Josh Allen. Perhaps more importantly, the front office also made the calculated de…

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Jordan Phillips could have chased a longer contract somewhere else. The Buffalo Bills’ defensive tackle simply never felt that need. “Buffalo kind of resurrected my career and I feel like they should reap the benefits from it,” Phillips said Tuesday, speaking on a conference call shortly after his one-year contract extension with the Bills was announced. “I really wa…

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INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Buffalo Bills’ defense had every right to be enraged. Their superb effort last October against the Houston Texans was wasted when quarterback Nathan Peterman threw a back-breaking pick-six in the fourth quarter. It was the type of loss that can send a season spiraling down the drain, with resentment setting in. Only Kyle Williams wouldn’…

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MOBILE, Ala. — More than anything, the recent changes Sean McDermott made to his coaching staff came down to a gut feeling about where the Buffalo Bills were headed after his second season as their head coach. It was the kind of thing, as he explained Tuesday, that literally poked him awake. McDermott concluded a shakeup was needed with the offensive line and special tea…

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Star Lotulelei was a well-rounded force for the Bills down the stretch after spending the first two and a half months as a block-devouring nose tackle who had immense troubles rushing the passer. The former first-round pick had two quarterback pressures on 13 pass-rush snaps in the victory against the Dolphins in the season finale. It marked the first time in a game tha…

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An understandably large crowd of media formed Friday as Kyle Williams held his retirement news conference. Standing behind the row of reporters and TV tripods were three of Williams’ teammates with the Buffalo Bills – veteran safety Micah Hyde, veteran tight end Charles Clay and one rookie: defensive tackle Harrison Phillips. It’s not a surprise that Phillips was the…

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Detroit Lions-Buffalo Bills in late December was always going to be a tough sell. That's played out this week, as tickets were available on the secondary market for as little as $6 as of Thursday. Even though there are no playoff implications, there is plenty for Bills fans to watch for Sunday. That starts with Josh Allen and the continued development of the offense.…

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Harrison Phillips was always first. The Buffalo Bills’ rookie defensive tackle won three state championships as a high school wrestler. He was named the 2013 Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year in football. He led Stanford in tackles from the interior as a junior, graduated early with a double major, then bench-pressed 225 pounds 42 times at the Combine, the most by an…

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Buffalo's quartet of newcomers on the defensive line had problems – once again – getting after the opposing quarterback in Week 14's loss to the Jets at home. While members of the Bills' pass rush who've been in Western New York for years – like Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, Lorenzo Alexander and Shaq Lawson – have done a terrific job consistently creating pressure, Star…

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The Buffalo Bills’ season took a turn in Week 9. A 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears at New Era Field dropped the team to 2-7 and made it abundantly clear that a second straight trip to the postseason was highly unlikely. In the days that followed, the team’s focus shifted. The plug was mercifully pulled on the Nathan Peterman Project. More than that, though, a youth mo…

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You’re aware of “The Process,” Sean McDermott’s oft-mentioned label for all the Buffalo Bills do to try to build lasting success. You’re probably not as familiar with a method that McDermott borrowed from the business world and also began implementing soon after he became the Bills’ coach in early 2017. That’s because, unlike “The Process,” the coach doesn’t make referen…