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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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Jordan Poyer had a message for Josh Allen on Wednesday. After the Buffalo Bills’ safety knocked down a pass in the end zone from the team’s second-year quarterback, Poyer yelled “don’t do that, Josh.” It wasn’t exactly clear whether Poyer meant don't attempt that throw against him, or in general. What was clear, though, is that the competition level for a June min…

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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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The Buffalo Bills' offseason has hit its first bit of adversity. When Sean McDermott started his news conference before the team's second spring practice session, he read an injury report that sounded like it should have come in Week 7 of the regular season. The good news is it's May. There is time for those players to get healthy. The bad news is, those injured play…

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It’s finally here. After months of buildup, the first round of the NFL draft gets started at 8 p.m. Thursday in Nashville. The Buffalo Bills have the ninth overall pick – barring a trade – and several different directions they can go. That means it’s time for a draft edition of the mailbag. Let’s get to it. Joseph Spinelli asks: If the choice was yours, who do you…

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The safety position enjoyed a resurgence in the NFL this offseason. Big-money deals worth potentially more than $40 million over the life of the contracts were signed by Landon Collins (Washington), Earl Thomas (Baltimore), Tyrann Mathieu (Kansas City) and LaMarcus Joyner (Oakland). Those deals come after a year in which some top free-agent safeties languished on the op…

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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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When Micah Hyde looks back on the Buffalo Bills’ 2018 season, he sees a core reason the team took such a significant backward step after reaching the playoffs the year before. “Last year, we didn’t know our identity, we really didn’t,” Hyde said. He was speaking by phone this week from San Diego, where he and his wife recently moved into a new home. The move has pres…

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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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Sean McDermott was asked Monday during his season-ending press conference if it was fair to grade his team on a curve, given the youth of the roster and the salary cap situation heading into the year. “I understand where you’re coming from with that and I’m more concerned right now with the direction of the organization, the direction of our football team,” the Buffalo …

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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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If there was any doubt about Charles Clay’s future with the Buffalo Bills, it was eliminated Sunday. By making their starting tight end a healthy inactive against the New England Patriots, the Bills sent a clear message that Clay isn’t long for Buffalo. “Just coach's decision,” coach Sean McDermott said. “Production and looking at young guys. When you have opportunit…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F A non-factor all game. LeSean McCoy had six carries for 9 yards. His future with the Bills is looking cloudier with each passing week. McCoy rarely had room to run, which starts with his offensive line. Still, he doesn’t look like the same dominant player he’s long been. It says something when McCoy has a game like he did and undraft…

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After Josh Allen had just run over, around and under the previous three Bills opponents for historic quarterback rushing yardage, the Detroit Lions decided to tinker with their base defense — tailor it to stop Josh from running — make him be a sharpshooter and attack through the air with his rifle arm instead — all by using a spy (or spies) to contain rather than stop him.…