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Brandon Beane did his best to be as convincing as possible. The Buffalo Bills’ general manager wanted anyone who listened to his news conference to believe that his team is going to select the “best player available” when its turn comes up ninth overall in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday in Nashville. “Guys, I’m serious. We’re taking the best player,” Be…

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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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Brandon Beane accomplished one of his primary goals last week. By rebuilding his offense through free agency, the Buffalo Bills’ general manager was able to put himself in an enviable position for next month’s NFL draft. Beane doesn’t have to chase a particular position in the first round, meaning he can focus on truly drafting the “best player available.” That’s a line a…

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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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UPDATED: The Bills have confirmed that Jordan Phillips signed a one-year contract. NFL Media reported the deal is for $4.5 million.  Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips posted a message on his Twitter account Monday that seemingly indicated he has reached an agreement to remain with the Buffalo Bills. "Done deal... LETS GO BILLS MAFIA!!!!!" Phillips tweeted. https://…

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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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Brandon Beane’s perfect world involves re-signing his own free agents. We live in an imperfect world, though, so it remains to be seen whether the Buffalo Bills’ third-year general manager stands by that between now and March. The Bills have eight pending unrestricted free agents, which is a big change from last year, when Beane had 18 pending unrestricted free agent…

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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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Grading the Buffalo Bills RUNNING GAME: B+ Once again it was rookie quarterback Josh Allen leading the way. He finished with nine carries for 95 yards. That might not be a long-term strategy for success, but it worked Sunday. Allen is something to watch when he gets in the open field. His 30-yard touchdown run looked easy. LeSean McCoy got a huge hole – a rarity this…

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Everything you need to know, plus what I’ll be watching for Sunday when the Buffalo Bills close out the 2018 season against the Miami Dolphins. TV: CBS. Announcers: Beth Mowins (play by play), Steve Beuerlein (color analyst). Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.…

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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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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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A jam-packed Bills Mailbag this week, so without further ado ... Rick McGuire asks: It looks like the Jets will have about $106 million and the Bills $92 million available for free agency in 2019. I know money talks, but could you see players signing with Buffalo over New York for less because of the direction the team is headed, or will the “Big Apple” city life be mor…

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Grading the Buffalo Bills RUNNING GAME: A- Quarterback Josh Allen’s running ability continues to impress. He broke the franchise record he set last week with 135 yards on just nine attempts. Allen showed good judgement, too, in knowing when to slide or duck out of bounds. Running back LeSean McCoy had 52 yards, but needed 15 carries to get that total – an average of …