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This is the third of a three-part series reviewing what the rest of the AFC East did during the offseason. The Miami Dolphins are widely projected to be the worst team in the NFL this season, with an unsettled situation at quarterback and a dearth of playmakers on defense. Josh Rosen, acquired in a trade from Arizona, becomes the third quarterback in the AFC East who…

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When Phil Simms thinks of Buffalo and its all-consuming relationship with the Bills, he isn’t reminded of a typical NFL market. “Playing there is more like a college atmosphere,” said Simms, who spent 15 seasons quarterbacking the New York Giants and has had a lengthy career as a football analyst, mostly with CBS Sports. “In other words, everybody is just so, so passionat…

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The mailbag is loaded this week with questions about the offensive line, tight end Charles Clay, the Sabres' big trade ... and even my slow-pitch softball team that is an absolute juggernaut. Without further ado ... Paul DuBourt asks: Jay, it’s early, but is it concerning that the O-line seems to be getting handled at each practice? Love our defense and I think it will…

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Here's another chance to curse common first names. An innocent ESPN interview Friday night with the station's Buffalo Bills beat reporter Mike Rodak has sparked social media theatrics, with a modest side of humor. Arizona Cardinals' senior vice president of media relations, Mark Dalton, spotted an error in an ESPN lower-third that claimed quarterback Josh Rosen had p…

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Josh Allen posed for the first time with his No. 17 jersey as Friday's sun dipped below New Era Field's upper deck. He posed with his father, his girlfriend and fellow first-round draft choice Tremaine Edmunds. Then the Buffalo Bills front office arrived. Allen stood alongside Terry and Kim Pegula, General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Allen beamed …

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What will the Bills do Thursday night with the 12th overall pick? Bills beat writers Jay Skurski and Vic Carucci read the Draft Meter on the likelihood of these players landing in Buffalo. The meter reading goes from 1 (least likely) to 10 (most likely). Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California Jay: He’s a personality match to Bills coach Sean McDermott, but more than th…

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It won’t be hard to find the Buffalo Bills on TV this fall. Tune in at 1 p.m. Sunday from September through December, and there they’ll be for 15 of their 16 games. Outside of one appearance on Monday Night Football, the Bills are scheduled during the early games every other weekend – of which five of the first seven are on the road. It’s the type of schedule that’s ref…

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If you believe the popular pre-draft literature, the Buffalo Bills ought to draft the quarterback with the biggest arm so he can throw the ball through our miserable weather. "Because the Bills’ QB will need to navigate Western New York winters, they roll the dice on (Josh) Allen’s cannon versus the touch and accuracy of Josh Rosen," Yahoo! Sports wrote. Allen is "bu…

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[BN] Blitz's Path to the Passer series explored potential quarterbacks for the Bills and how quarterbacks are evaluated. How much does a strong arm matter?  At times, it’s as if no other trait matters. Find a big arm and your passing prayers are answered. Find a big arm and expect big success. The Browns, who own the first and fourth overall picks in the draft that be…

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The 1983 quarterback draft class is the gold standard. This year's group probably won't pan out so well, but silver sure can shimmer. The Comstock Lode, the massive silver vein in Nevada's western mountains, made many men rich and established much of America's Pacific infrastructure. There was so much silver, the U.S. Mint opened a branch in nearby Carson City. …

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UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen isn't one to hold his tongue. Two weeks after proclaiming himself as "the best QB in the (upcoming) draft," Rosen told NFL.com that there's a price for his unabashed honesty. "Everyone hates me," the confident 21-year-old Rosen told Michael Silver of NFL.com. "I don't know, everyone kind of likes to be liked. I don't really care as much…

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The more draft picks you have, the better. It's an NFL truism. The draft is a crapshoot, and more picks increase a team's odds of getting good players. Except it's a truism that is trumped by another: A good quarterback is essential to long-term success. There's the rub at the top of the NFL Draft. Every year, teams mortgage the future for a player in the top 1…

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Like any player trapped in the lengthy cycle of pre-draft analysis and overanalysis, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has had his game dissected, his traits as a teammate evaluated, his political views and family background picked through. With the NFL Draft days away, the noise is intensifying that Rosen is "falling" and might not be selected as highly as initially figured.…

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1. Sam Darnold*, USC. 6-3, 221. At the top largely because of improvisational playmaking and strong leadership, but turnovers can't be ignored. 2. Josh Rosen*, UCLA. 6-4, 226. True pocket passer with a strong, accurate arm, and anticipates well. Questions linger about how much he loves football. 3. Josh Allen*, Wyoming. 6-4, 237. Big, strong, tough and the ability to…

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The last time five quarterbacks were chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft was 1999. The only time six were chosen was 1983, with three of those choices going on to become Hall of Famers. So where does this quarterback class rank? “I know since last summer, I felt like there was going to be a lot of depth to this quarterback class,” said Phil Savage, former g…