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Talk about a shotgun wedding. Sorry, we couldn’t resist. As part of its 100th-year celebration, the NFL challenged each of its 32 teams to come up with a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans. The Buffalo Bills’ idea involved a wedding at New Era Field … during halftime of a game. Seriously. That wedding will take place Sunday, when Rochester couple Mackenzie …

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The wise guys might not believe in the Buffalo Bills, but the general public does. According to data released Tuesday from sportsbetting.ag and betonline.ag, the Bills have received the most bets to win the AFC East and the most bets to surpass their over/under win total of seven. Of course, the odds factor into that – a bet on the Bills to win the AFC East will pay way…

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PITTSFORD – Here are my top takeaways from Day 7 of Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College. 1. Dialing it back. The Bills practiced in shorts and shells Thursday after four consecutive workouts in pads. As such, the intensity level was down a couple of notches. With a night practice looming Friday at New Era Field, coach Sean McDermott went heavy on veteran rest…

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PITTSFORD – The milestones will arrive often for Ed Oliver in the next couple of months. On Thursday, it was his first training-camp practice as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Soon, it will be his first padded practice, then his first preseason game, and finally the regular-season and home openers. Oliver, though, said he approached Thursday’s practice the same way h…

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Two of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive leaders agree on what they see ahead for Tremaine Edmunds. “He’s going to be one of the best in the league,” safety Micah Hyde said of the second-year middle linebacker. “He'll be one of the top linebackers (in the NFL) in the next year or so, I believe,” veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. That might seem like a lot of p…

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This is the fifth part of a series looking at 10 questions facing the Bills entering training camp, which begins July 25. Today's question: Can first-round draft pick Ed Oliver adjust quickly to the NFL?   Bills rookie defensive tackle Ed Oliver is shrugging off the lofty expectations of others as he prepares for his first NFL training camp. “I’m a new guy that don’t…

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Josh Allen’s nickname in high school wasn’t exactly flattering. His old baseball coach called him “Tortuga,” based on his slow, plodding running style. So how did the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback go from being known by the Spanish word for turtle to shocking the NFL with his rushing ability? The answer can be found in the training methods of Ryan Flaherty. Nike’s se…

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Losing Kyle Williams is going to hurt the leadership of any locker room. The Buffalo Bills, though, look as if they should be able to withstand it. Veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander figures to immediately step into that role, but he’s already announced the 2019 season will be his last. That means the Bills will be looking for another defensive player to emerge. As…

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In 2013, when Star Lotulelei was a rookie defensive tackle who had joined the Carolina Panthers as a first-round draft pick, he found guidance from a veteran at the same position, Dwan Edwards. Edwards was in the 10th season of an NFL career that included a brief stop with the Buffalo Bills, from 2010 to 2011. Edwards wasn't much of a talker, but he provided Lotulelei w…

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Leslie Frazier’s reaction wasn’t much different than that of Buffalo Bills fans when the team drafted Ed Oliver last month. “A lot of high fives in the defensive meeting room when he was there at No. 9,” the Bills’ defensive coordinator said Monday with a wide smile. “It was great for us.” Like everyone else, Frazier wasn’t sure Oliver, the Houston defensive tackle, …

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Ed Oliver had to repeat the question before answering. "What do I think when I hear I’m Kyle Williams’ replacement?” the Buffalo Bills’ new defensive tackle said Friday. “I think Kyle Williams is a great player. I think Kyle Williams will wear a gold jacket one day. I just want to come in and compete and help the team in any way possible. I don't even think about that. …

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1. A native of Westfield, Texas, Oliver was one of the first five-star recruits to sign with Houston coming out of high school. The Cougars had signed his brother Marcus, who started for two years at right guard, so Ed picked Houston over a host of other suitors, including Alabama. He was a first-team All-American as a true freshman, finishing second in the country with 23…

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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 significance was unmistakable. On the first day of the Buffalo Bills’ offseason conditioning program, two players were chosen to address the assembled horde of Western New York media members: Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds. Last year’s first-round draft picks, Allen and Edmunds are being pushed into bigger leadership roles in 2019. Yes, that comes with their res…

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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…