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The Bills hope all of their players improve in 2019. But Jay Skurski selected five returning members of the team who could help the Bills most by taking their game to the next level. No. 1 on the list is obvious: Quarterback Josh Allen, who was tremendously effective on the ground during his rookie season but ranked near the bottom of the league in passing statistics. …

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The Buffalo Bills have something that has eluded them for a long time: Stability. The team is entering the third year under the leadership of coach Sean McDermott. That means the same defensive system for three years in a row. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will return for his second season on the job, so the offense will have continuity that it has long lacked. Las…

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Micah Hyde couldn’t resist a little trash talking as he met with reporters Thursday to promote his first charity softball game in Buffalo. “I feel like we, as a defense, are going to smash the offense,” Hyde said at Sahlen Field, which will be the site of the June 2 clash of Buffalo Bills teammates and other participants. “We know that the defense is a lot more skilled,…

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April is one of the best sports months of the year. The start of baseball, the Masters, the start of the NBA and NHL playoffs (remember those, Sabres fans?) and, of course, the NFL draft. Naturally at this time of year, that topic dominates this week's mailbag. Let's get right to it ... I’Don’tTrustTheProcess asks: What is the likelihood the Bills take a flier in the…

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Bills training camp is a long way away, but you can already put down cornerback on the list of position battles to watch. The Bills signed CB E.J. Gaines on Monday, bringing back a player who started on Sean McDermott's defense in 2017. Gaines is expected to make a push for the second cornerback job opposite Tre'Davious White. Levi Wallace had a strong finish to his …

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The Buffalo Bills have added some competition at cornerback. Cornerback Kevin Johnson, who visited the team last week as a free agent after being released by the Houston Texans, has agreed to contract terms. Length and value of the contract have not yet been revealed. "I feel good about this new opportunity," Johnson told the Houston Chronicle of signing with the Bil…

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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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The NFL offseason is in full swing. When the scouting combine wraps up early in the week, attention will turn to the start of free agency, which officially gets underway March 13. Not surprisingly, those two topics dominate this week's mailbag. Let's get to it ... Rick McGuire asks: So how exactly is the NFL scouting combine of any real use? Teams have game films and…

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This is the next piece in a series analyzing the Bills' most significant questions entering the offseason. Part 7: Is Levi Wallace the answer as the No. 2 cornerback? It’s hard to overstate just how important Levi Wallace’s emergence was for the Buffalo Bills’ defense in 2018. A revolving door at right cornerback saw Phillip Gaines, Vontae Davis and Ryan Lewis walk t…

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Undrafted rookie Levi Wallace exceeded all expectations in 2018, earning one of the highest Pro Football Focus grades among all cornerbacks in the NFL. But did he do enough in his seven starts to lock down a starting role for 2019? That question came up in Jay Skurski's latest Bills mailbag. "Based on what Wallace was able to do, my plan of action would be to sign a …

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A good sign of just how much Josh Allen has won over Buffalo came at Thursday night’s Sabres game. When Allen was shown on the Jumbotron – wearing a Tre White Goalie Academy sweatshirt – the crowd inside KeyBank Center cheered as loud as it did all night. Allen took in the applause with a smile and a wave. He could be on a beach somewhere, so it was somewhat surprising …

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The Bills were put in quite the bind when the player they signed to be a starting cornerback quit in the middle of Week 2. It took some time to find an adequate replacement, but by the end of the season rookie Levi Wallace turned into one of the top-rated corners in the NFL. Pro Football Focus named Wallace the top rookie cornerback in the league with an 83.5 grade. Tha…

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Levi Wallace ended 2018 on a tear. The Buffalo Bills' rookie cornerback didn't become a starter until Week 10, but wasted no time fitting right in. Wallace did not allow more than two catches over any of the final seven games, the longest such active streak in the NFL, according to analytics website Pro Football Focus. In December, Wallace allowed eight catches on 14 ta…

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Sean McDermott was asked Monday during his season-ending press conference if it was fair to grade his team on a curve, given the youth of the roster and the salary cap situation heading into the year. “I understand where you’re coming from with that and I’m more concerned right now with the direction of the organization, the direction of our football team,” the Buffalo …

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If there was any doubt about Charles Clay’s future with the Buffalo Bills, it was eliminated Sunday. By making their starting tight end a healthy inactive against the New England Patriots, the Bills sent a clear message that Clay isn’t long for Buffalo. “Just coach's decision,” coach Sean McDermott said. “Production and looking at young guys. When you have opportunit…