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The expected has occurred: Danny Crossman is out as the Buffalo Bills' special teams coordinator. Crossman was fired Thursday by coach Sean McDermott after a disastrous 2018 season for the Bills' special teams. Buffalo finished the year last in rankings compiled by analytics website Football Outsiders. Crossman, who joined the Bills in 2013, amazingly served under th…

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The Buffalo Bills will have continuity in one key special-teams role in 2019. Long snapper Reid Ferguson, who has appeared in all 32 games over the past two seasons, tweeted Thursday that he’ll be back next year. Ferguson was scheduled to be an exclusive-rights free agent. Ferguson worked with three different punters during the 2018 season, which was not a good o…

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Grading the Buffalo Bills RUNNING GAME: B+ Once again it was rookie quarterback Josh Allen leading the way. He finished with nine carries for 95 yards. That might not be a long-term strategy for success, but it worked Sunday. Allen is something to watch when he gets in the open field. His 30-yard touchdown run looked easy. LeSean McCoy got a huge hole – a rarity this…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F A non-factor all game. LeSean McCoy had six carries for 9 yards. His future with the Bills is looking cloudier with each passing week. McCoy rarely had room to run, which starts with his offensive line. Still, he doesn’t look like the same dominant player he’s long been. It says something when McCoy has a game like he did and undraft…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: C- Without LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory, it figured to be a long day on the ground. It played out that way, as the Buffalo Bills averaged just 3.2 yards per carry. They stuck with the run, though, rushing 37 times. Marcus Murphy had 35 yards on 11 carries before leaving with an arm injury. Rookie undrafted free agent Keith Ford came in…

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When the Bills throw: Josh Allen nearly led a fourth-quarter comeback last week, but tight end Charles Clay couldn’t haul in what would have been the go-ahead score. Here’s my take on the play: It was an incredible effort by Allen to get into position to even make the throw. Could that have been better? Of course. But Clay had a chance. That’s a play he needs to make. Alle…

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Grading the Buffalo Bills RUNNING GAME: A- Quarterback Josh Allen’s running ability continues to impress. He broke the franchise record he set last week with 135 yards on just nine attempts. Allen showed good judgement, too, in knowing when to slide or duck out of bounds. Running back LeSean McCoy had 52 yards, but needed 15 carries to get that total – an average of …

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When the Bills run: Buffalo has not been very efficient running the ball, averaging just 3.95 yards per carry, which ranks 27th in the NFL. Things have been better the last two weeks though, as the Bills have been run dominant, carrying 81 times for 379 yards (4.7 yards per carry) in wins against the Jets and Jaguars. Quarterback Josh Allen did the most damage on the groun…

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The Buffalo Bills have their third different punter this season. They signed Matt Darr to a one-year contract Tuesday, making him the second replacement for Colton Schmidt. The Bills had released Schmidt before the start of the season after choosing rookie Corey Bojorquez to replace him. However, after Bojorquez landed on the injured-reserve list, the Bills re-sig…

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The Buffalo Bills have released punter Colton Schmidt for the second time this season. The team announced Tuesday that Schmidt had been released and that it had signed Matt Darr to a one-year contract. Darr, 26, last appeared in the NFL in 2016 with Miami before being waived at the beginning of the 2017 season. He averaged 46 yards on 182 punts in two seasons with th…