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Running game: C+ Even with Buffalo Bills rookie Devin Singletary back in the lineup, it was veteran Frank Gore who continued to handle the bulk of the rushing duties. Gore gained 55 yards on 11 carries against his former team. He has 388 yards on the season and is on pace for 1,034. For a 36-year-old, that’s impressive. Quarterback Josh Allen, who ran wild against the M…

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This week's Bills Mailbag deals with Sean McDermott's struggles on challenges, Zay Jones' future, passing on Patrick Mahomes and the future at tight end, among much more. Let's dive in ... Sam Ruggiero asks: McDermott is a wonderful coach. He has built a powerful defense that is gaining increased recognition nationally. He seems to understand the game well. So, why is h…

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When the Buffalo Bills run: There’s a good chance rookie running back Devin Singletary will return following a two-game absence because of a hamstring injury. Singletary was “close” to playing last week against the New England Patriots, according to coach Sean McDermott. In his absence, Frank Gore continued to spit in the face of Father Time, rushing 17 times for 109 yards…

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A new year has so far not brought new results for the Buffalo Bills’ special teams. The “third phase of the game” was one of the main reasons the team lost to New England on Sunday. The Bills gave up a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown and missed a 49-yard field goal at the end of the first half, plays that proved pivotal in a 16-10 loss at New Era Field…

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When the Bills run: So long, LeSean McCoy. The Bills opted to go with Frank Gore, Devin Singletary and T.J. Yeldon. Here’s a hunch: Gore is the starter, perhaps for the entire season, but Singletary ends up with the most carries. Sending a message to the rookie that just because McCoy was released doesn’t make the job yours just seems like a Sean McDermott thing to do. Sin…

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It was one punt return ... in a preseason game. When viewed in the context of Andre Roberts' long and distinguished NFL career, there isn't a whole lot about those 37 yards the Buffalo Bills' new returner generated last Friday night against the Carolina Panthers worth noting. That is, unless you dive into all of the thinking that went into the play. That's what ca…

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Here is transcript of new Buffalo Bills special teams coordinator Heath Farwell's session with reporters Thursday at training camp: Q: Everybody wants to know about the punting competition. That’s the hot topic here at camp. What’s going on there? A: They are both doing a really good job. We have two young, talented punters. We are growing every day, getting better 6…

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This is the ninth part of a series looking at 10 questions facing the Bills entering training camp, which begins Thursday. Today's question: Who will win out at punter? In 2018, punting was a problem for the Buffalo Bills. A big problem. Between poor performance and poor health, the Bills never managed to fix one of the major flaws in a special teams unit filled with…

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This is the eighth part of a series looking at 10 questions facing the Buffalo Bills entering training camp, which begins July 25. Today’s question: How will the coaching staff incorporate so many new players? The Buffalo Bills’ roster churn is basically complete. Just five players on the team’s 90-man roster predate the arrival of coach Sean McDermott in January 201…

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Andre Roberts understands why the Buffalo Bills made him one of their priority signings in free agency early in the offseason. Could he help them at wide receiver, one of their primary positions of need? Sure, although probably not to the same extent as fellow newcomers John Brown and Cole Beasley. The Bills signed Roberts to a reported two-year contract that include…

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This is the last in a series previewing each position on the Buffalo Bills before the July 25 start of training camp. The problems were many for the Buffalo Bills' special teams last season. That's why the unit has a new coach in Heath Farwell, who replaced long-time special teams coordinator Danny Crossman. That's also why the Bills were willing to give the NFL's…

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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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It was only a handful of years ago when Lorenzo Alexander and Heath Farwell were division rivals in the NFC West, Alexander a linebacker and special teams ace for the Arizona Cardinals, Farwell in a similar role with the Seattle Seahawks. While Alexander finished the 2013 season on injured reserve, Farwell finished with a ring, helping Seattle annihilate the Denver Bron…

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Andre Roberts wasn’t expecting to make it to the open market. The Buffalo Bills didn't think he would either, but when that happened, General Manager Brandon Beane acted quickly to sign Roberts away from the New York Jets. In the process, Beane solved a problem the Bills never figured out in 2018. Roberts made the Pro Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro kick returner last…

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This week's Mailbag leads with an attempt at answering a popular question among Bills fans: How many ex-Panthers are too many? It also touches on free agency, the potential throw-off between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes and the idea of pursuing Kareem Hunt. Let's get to it ... Valar Morghulis asks: Do you think it’s a concern that the Bills go after so many Panthers p…