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This is the second part of a series looking at 10 questions facing the Bills entering training camp, which begins July 25. Today’s question: Who fills in for Tyler Kroft as the starting tight end? It didn’t take long for the Buffalo Bills’ first major injury of 2019 to occur. When tight end Tyler Kroft broke his foot during the first practice of the spring, it create…

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This is the fourth in a series previewing each position on the Buffalo Bills before the July 25 start of training camp. The Buffalo Bills’ situation at tight end is best described as unsettled heading into the start of training camp. The starter the past four years at the position, Charles Clay, was released at the start of the offseason – a move that was expected af…

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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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Props to you, the readers, for providing some great questions this week in the Bills Mailbag. A programming note: If yours didn't make it this week, I've got it saved for next week. Let's get to it ... Viva Los Bills #PonchoPower asks: What returning starter from last season is the most likely not to make the team in 2019? Jay: First of all, well done on the name.…

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Lee Smith feels back at home. The Buffalo Bills’ new tight end has returned to the team he spent the first four years of his NFL career with, signing Monday as a free agent after four years with the Oakland Raiders. “There's so many great things going on here, from the way the Pegulas have transformed this whole organization and this building,” Smith said Wednesday a…

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Jake Fisher's transition from offensive line to tight end was going to be one of the feel-good stories of training camp. The former second-round pick likely could've made a couple million dollars in free agency as a tackle, but he decided to follow his heart and switch back to being a tight end, which he played in his younger days. He signed with the Bills for the veter…

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The Buffalo Bills added even more competition to their roster at tight end Monday by signing Lee Smith to a three-year contract. The deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, is worth up to $9 million. Smith, 31, returns to the Bills after previously spending four seasons with the team from 2011-14. He most recently was with the Oakland Raiders for four year…

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The Buffalo Bills have nearly their entire draft class under contract, a day before the start of rookie minicamp. The team announced Thursday evening that seven members of their eight-man draft class have been signed, highlighted by first-round pick Ed Oliver, the defensive tackle out of Houston. The others signed Thursday include Oklahoma offensive tackle Cody Ford …

If the Buffalo Bills do have an interest in any of the remaining unrestricted free agents on the open market, they may feel free to act now. That's because May 12 is the date in which any players signed -- or lost -- in free agency no longer factor into the formula for awarding 2016 compensatory draft picks. That's a change from previous years, when the date was June 1. …

Doug Whaley has lived up to his word. The Buffalo Bills' general manager said at the NFL Scouting Combine last month that he wanted to have all of his team's needs filled before heading into the draft. Whaley didn't even wait for the start of free agency to do that, acquiring running back LeSean McCoy and quarterbacks Matt Cassel in trades, giving up linebacker Kiko Alon…

Veteran tight end Lee Smith will leave the Buffalo Bills to sign with the Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, according to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Smith, 27, played the past four seasons with the Bills, appearing in 56 games with 34 starts. Primarily a blocker, he made 20 receptions for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Smith was also…

One deadline was decidedly less exciting than the other Monday when it came to Buffalo's two professional sports teams. While the Sabres were busy trading away anyone with a pulse, the Bills elected not to designate any of their pending unrestricted free agents as franchise or transition players. Most notably, that means defensive end Jerry Hughes -- coming off back-to-b…

PHOENIX -- A smile crossed Josh McDaniels face when I asked him what he thought of new Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman. McDaniels, the successful New England Patriots' offensive coordinator, went to John Carroll University, the same small Cleveland-area college Roman attended. But they weren't there at the same time. So McDaniels knows Roman more for his p…

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When the Chicago Bears retired Mike Ditka’s uniform number last year, they declared he “revolutionized the tight end position.” The Baltimore Sun wrote of John Mackey’s death three years ago that “he will be remembered for revolutionizing his position.” A Cleveland Plain Dealer headline two years ago proclaimed the “NFL’s tight-end revolution began” with Ozzie Newsome a…

Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes is going to get paid this offseason. Hughes, an impending unrestricted free agent, recorded a pair of tackles for loss for the Bills in the first quarter today against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Hughes dropped Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles for a 2-yard loss on the game's second play from scrimmage. That's…