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Only one player in the NFL took more snaps as a slot cornerback in 2017 than Leonard Johnson did for the Buffalo Bills. Johnson was on the field for 423 snaps in the slot, according to analytics website Pro Football Focus. That ranked behind only the 430 of Washington’s Kendall Fuller. So even though the position may not be classified as a starter, it’s still a vital…

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This is the sixth installment of a position-by-position preview of the 2018 NFL Draft. Check out previous installments: running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive tackles and interior offensive linemen. Overview: There were 34 cornerbacks drafted in 2017, the most players at any position. That’s not a surprise given how much teams are throwing the ball. Forme…

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Quarterback gets most of the attention, but the Buffalo Bills are also spending a good deal of time taking a long look at the top cornerback prospects for the upcoming NFL Draft. According to Mike Jones of USA Today, Louisville's Jaire Alexander is the latest to visit the Bills. The Bills have also hosted (or will host) Iowa's Josh Jackson, Ohio State's Denzel Wa…

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The Buffalo Bills might have found their nickel cornerback. The team announced Thursday that it has signed former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines. A 6-foot, 193-pounder, Gaines is entering his fifth NFL season. He has spent the previous four years as a reserve with the Chiefs, appearing in 41 games (16 starts) with 100 tackles, 14 passes defensed, two force…

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Maybe it's just the endless winter, but it feels like the NFL Draft is taking even longer to get here this year than usual. Or it could be the endless hype/speculation over what the Buffalo Bills will do when it arrives. The possibility of adding a franchise quarterback has been analyzed in every conceivable way, but that won't stop us from debating it over another mont…

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A week ago, the Buffalo Bills had 18 players set to become unrestricted free agents. Now, five days after the market opened, just under a dozen of those players still do not have teams for the 2018 season. The Bills re-signed veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams to a one-year, $6 million contract, while also re-signing running backs Travaris Cadet and Taiwan Jones …

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As the legal tampering period begins, representatives for the Bills' 18 unrestricted free agents can begin talking to other teams. No contracts can be signed with other teams until the start of the league year at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The players can re-sign with the Bills at any point. Of the players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, I’m saying goodbye to 12 of…

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Year One of the Brandon Beane-Sean McDermott pairing in Buffalo was a leap in the right direction. The Buffalo Bills ended an embarrassing 17-year playoff drought under the leadership of their general manager and head coach. If nothing else, that bought them a longer rope among the team’s passionate fan base. Their work is far from done, though. The end goal, of cour…

Cornerback Vontae Davis' free agency tour, which kicked off Thursday in Buffalo, has moved down the 90 West to Cleveland. According to a report Friday from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Davis is making a free-agent visit with the Browns. Davis is free to sign before the official start of free agency next month because he was released by the Colts in November. The Bills p…

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For a playoff team, the Buffalo Bills have a long list of needs. General Manager Brandon Beane acknowledged as much last month at the Senior Bowl. “We're a long way from where we need to be,” Beane said in Mobile, Ala. “This year was setting the culture and expectations of what we need to get done.  ... We have a lot of holes to fill. We know that. We're going to do …

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The Buffalo Bills’ 2017 season was barely 20 minutes old, but cornerback Leonard Johnson couldn’t help but think ahead. “I would love, love, love to come back and be a part of this team again,” the veteran cornerback said in the visiting locker room after the Bills’ 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC wild-card game last month. “Obviously, us making the play…

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A year after leading the NFL with 24 unrestricted free agents, the Buffalo Bills are once again a team loaded with expiring contracts. The Bills have 18 players set to hit the open market in March, meaning General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott will continue their radical reshaping of the roster that started last year. Some of that reshaping will be done…

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This week, The Buffalo News will be gauging fan approval ratings for a number of Bills coaches and players. On Monday, we began with the coordinators, head coach and general manager. Tuesday, we asked your opinion on five players on offense. Wednesday, it's the players on the defense. Consider a vote for stay to be a positive on the approval rating and a vote for go as …

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Despite the Buffalo Bills' season coming to an anticlimactic end Sunday in Jacksonville, there was still an air of optimism as players cleaned out their lockers at New Era Field Monday morning. Buffalo center Eric Wood said he's taken time to reflect, stepping back to appreciate the team's accomplishments. "To end the drought is special," Wood said. "It's great to ge…

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Say this for the Buffalo Bills: While the result against the New England Patriots is predictable, the way it's achieved is always interesting. Buffalo's 37-16 loss on Christmas Eve had a bit of everything: Terrible officiating, painfully conservative coaching and a classic defensive collapse. Here's a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after Week 16: …