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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…

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Editor's note: News Bills writers Jay Skurski and Vic Carucci have taken opposing views on the Bills' potential draft strategy. Here, Skurski argues that the time is now to sell the farm to get a franchise quarterback. Carucci argues the Bills have too many holes to fill to give up too much for a quarterback. The Buffalo Bills haven’t come this far to turn back now. …

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Here is a roundup of various mock drafts and scenarios for the Bills: Ben Standig, NBC Sports At 12, Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA The Bills are best positioned among the QB-needy teams for a move up with two selections in the first and second round. ... He likely won't get out of the top 5, but seems to have the most potential for a slip based on the NFL's odd obsession w…

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ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit recently said on a conference call with reporters that he ranks Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 quarterback in the draft. But when Herbstreit was asked what types of traits a quarterback needs to have developed by the time he leaves college that are hard to improve on in the pros, he gave a rousing endorsement of Mayf…