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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…

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The Buffalo Bills will host one of the draft's premier talents next week on a visit. According to a report Friday from ESPN's Josina Anderson, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams will make a pre-draft trip to Orchard Park. If the Bills want to get Williams on draft night, they might have to move up in the first round to do so. He's thought to be a top-fi…

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One of the remaining marquee free agents in the NFL remains on the Buffalo Bills' radar. During an appearance Thursday morning on WGR 550, Bills General Manager Brandon Beane provided an update on the team's interest in Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who made a free-agent visit to Orchard Park last week, but remains unsigned. "We had a great visit with Zigg…

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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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Former Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams takes his golf game very seriously. Williams and partner Greg Berthelot won medalist honors at the USGA U.S. Amateur Qualifier Monday at the Country Club of Louisiana to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, May 24-29 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. Williams and Berthelot combined for an 8-under 6…

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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…