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Leadership matters as much to Sean McDermott as anything his football team does on the field. The Buffalo Bills' coach has always drawn a direct line between how well players are led by coaches and each other, and the way they perform. "I think it's one of his core values," former Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "It's something that I think he has just embra…

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The key number for Kevin Johnson last year was 16. That’s the number of games played in the regular season by the Buffalo Bills’ cornerback. Add in his start in the playoff loss to Houston, and Johnson played the entire slate for the first time since he was a rookie in 2015 with the Texans. Considering Johnson had played just 19 games in the previous three seasons be…

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This week’s Bills Mailbag naturally highlights Super Bowl LIV, starting with the question: Who should Bills fans root for? It also includes plenty of draft and free agency chatter. Let’s get right to it. Luigi Mike Speranza asks: Everyone I know is rooting for the Chiefs for former Bills players and AFC representation. I say root for the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo for MV…

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A change at coordinator paid off for the Buffalo Bills on special teams in 2019. Under first-year coordinator Heath Farwell, the Bills finished 12th in the annual rankings of the league’s 32 special-teams units. Those rankings have been put together for the last four decades by long-time NFL writer Rick Gosselin. They are accepted as the league standard. The Bills fi…

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This week’s Bills Mailbag leads off with a look at Brandon Beane’s draft-day maneuvering. It also hits on Josh Allen’s season and future, the risk involved with re-signing Shaq Lawson and a final take on the touchdown that wasn’t against the Texans. Let’s get to it … Brett Carruthers asks: Will the Bills package some picks and try to move up for one of the stud wide rec…

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The good news is, Shaq Lawson looked like a first-round draft pick in 2019. The bad news is, it took four years for the Buffalo Bills’ defensive end to get there. That leaves the team with a big decision to make as Lawson approaches unrestricted free agency. Can he continue to produce the way he did in helping the Bills to a 10-6 record and a second playoff berth in …

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Frank Gore’s impact on the Buffalo Bills figures to be felt long after his time on the playing field is finished. The veteran running back’s future is up in the air after the Bills were eliminated Saturday from the AFC playoffs. Gore’s contract expires in March, and he hasn’t decided if he wants to continue playing after a decorated, 15-year career that will surely lead…

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Josh Allen made significant strides in his second professional season, but he’s far from a finished product. That’s a good way to summarize what Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott had to say about their young quarterback Tuesday during the team’s season-ending press conference. “He’s made a tremendous amount of progress, let’s s…

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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane will meet with the media Tuesday for their season-ending press conference, earlier than either of them would have preferred. The Buffalo Bills’ head coach and general manager will recap the 2019 season – one that ended Saturday with a 22-19 overtime loss to the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card playoff game – while surely feeling like t…

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Josh Allen hugged Lorenzo Alexander after the veteran linebacker made it official Saturday: He's retiring after 13 NFL seasons. "I'm done," the Buffalo Bills' linebacker said in the visitors' locker room at NRG Stadium following a 22-19 loss to the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card playoff game. "I made the decision a while ago, and so I'm at peace with it. It's more a…

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The Buffalo Bills ended another long drought Friday. Cornerback Tre’Davious White was named a first-team All-Pro, becoming the first Bills player to do so since defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and defensive end Mario Williams were on the team in 2014. White, in his third season, was selected to the first team along with the New England Patriots' Stephon Gilmore. Gilm…

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When Jerry Hughes looks around the Buffalo Bills’ locker room, he doesn’t see a single teammate who was here when he first arrived in 2013. Back then, every locker stall was occupied by someone else. Back then, he was angry. Not at being shipped to Western New York, traded by the Indianapolis Colts just three seasons after they made him a first-round draft pick, the …

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Kyle Williams saw flimsy construction after flimsy construction that the architects always tried passing off as solid and sound. The structures would look nice on the outside, yet something was constantly missing. There was a lot of flash, plenty of eye-catching elements, but no real foundation. Nothing to serve as bonding to keep it upright for the long haul. And it wo…

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Two playoff appearances in three seasons would have been inconceivable not so long ago for the Buffalo Bills. Just ask the team’s longest-tenured player. “From the top down, everything has changed,” defensive end Jerry Hughes said. “From the message we get from the coaches and the front office to the facility – how the owners have changed that around, investing time …

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Almost nothing about the 2019 Buffalo Bills feels like the 2017 version. Both qualified for the playoffs, but that's where the similarities pretty much end. "This is a little bit different from 2017, where we were limping in with a little bit of luck," safety Micah Hyde said Sunday. He was pulling off his uniform in the Bills' dressing room after having been on th…