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This is the fourth part of a series looking at 10 questions facing the Bills entering training camp, which begins July 25. Today's question: Can they get another strong season out of Lorenzo Alexander? Some of it is a gift, an ability Lorenzo Alexander has to "endure a lot of ground and pound." "I've just been blessed to be built that way," he said. The rest of wh…

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This is the seventh in a series previewing each position on the Buffalo Bills before the July 25 start of training camp. Secondary is widely regarded as the Buffalo Bills’ strongest position, but linebacker isn’t far behind — if it trails at all. Three of the Bills’ more talented and productive players can be found in the defense’s primary anchor, middle linebacker T…

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Matt Milano spent the offseason rehabbing his broken left leg and boning up on the playbook. A fifth-round draft pick in 2017, Milano enters his third season in the NFL and second as the Buffalo Bills’ starting weakside linebacker, beside middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, with a couple of long-standing goals in mind and a foundation in place for achieving them. “Ju…

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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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It was only a handful of years ago when Lorenzo Alexander and Heath Farwell were division rivals in the NFC West, Alexander a linebacker and special teams ace for the Arizona Cardinals, Farwell in a similar role with the Seattle Seahawks. While Alexander finished the 2013 season on injured reserve, Farwell finished with a ring, helping Seattle annihilate the Denver Bron…

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Matt Milano doesn’t want to think about the gruesome dislocated ankle and fractured fibula that ended his second season in the NFL. He’d rather forget about that Week 14, fourth-quarter play with 1:38 on the clock, when the New York Jets faced third-and-goal from the 4-yard line and the Buffalo Bills were still clinging to a 23-20 lead, that moment when Sam Darnold was …

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It was a (checks calendar) chilly start to rookie minicamp Friday for The Buffalo News. A total of 54 drafted rookies, undrafted free-agent signings, first-year veterans and tryout players practiced outside on the grass fields at One Bills Drive on a day that felt more like November than May. Enough of my complaining, though, let's get to this week's mailbag ... Nick…

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It's hard not to appreciate what Lorenzo Alexander does for the Buffalo Bills. The 35-year-old plays a mean linebacker and remains effective special teams, but his biggest contribution may be the service he provides as the team's veteran leader. Take, for example, this excerpt from Vic Carucci's story on Dion Dawkins. Dawkins may face competition for his job at left tac…

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Dion Dawkins would like nothing better than to begin his third season with the Buffalo Bills at left tackle, the position he has played since his rookie year in 2017. Dissatisfied with the play of the offensive line during the team’s 6-10 finish in 2018, General Manager Brandon Beane aggressively addressed that area by signing six free agents at tackle and guard. At lea…

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A couple of weeks ago, in his own colorful way, Cole Beasley wanted to set the record straight. When a Twitter user suggest that Beasley might be “starting to realize Buffalo isn’t quite Dallas,” the Bills’ new wide receiver shot down that idea. Comparing things from a player’s perspective, Beasley tweeted back “Buffalo (expletives) on Dallas. Facilities for recovery…

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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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This is the last in a series on the Buffalo Bills’ key needs entering NFL free agency. This installment looks at lower-priority positions on the Bills’ list: Linebacker, cornerback and running back. Once you get past the Bills’ obvious target positions in free agency, there are a few spots worth bolstering. One is outside linebacker, especially with Lorenzo Alexander…

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So, that was a fun eight-hour ride, wasn’t it? That’s how long the Antonio Brown “Era” lasted with the Buffalo Bills, after the team was reported by NFL Network late Thursday night to be “closing in” on a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the star wide receiver. If a deal was in place, it was officially off at 8 a.m. Friday when Bills General Manager Brandon Beane is…

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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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As the Bills entered the 2018 season, just 12 players remained from the 2016 roster, built by former General Manager Doug Whaley and ex-coach Rex Ryan. Just three players from the years 2010 to 2016 who were "drafted by Whaley" while he was GM or the right-hand man to Buddy Nix were still on the team at the start of 2018 – John Miller, Shaq Lawson and Adolphus Washington. …