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It’s finally here. After months of buildup, the first round of the NFL draft gets started at 8 p.m. Thursday in Nashville. The Buffalo Bills have the ninth overall pick – barring a trade – and several different directions they can go. That means it’s time for a draft edition of the mailbag. Let’s get to it. Joseph Spinelli asks: If the choice was yours, who do you…

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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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The safety position enjoyed a resurgence in the NFL this offseason. Big-money deals worth potentially more than $40 million over the life of the contracts were signed by Landon Collins (Washington), Earl Thomas (Baltimore), Tyrann Mathieu (Kansas City) and LaMarcus Joyner (Oakland). Those deals come after a year in which some top free-agent safeties languished on the op…

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With less than two weeks remaining until the NFL Draft, it's as difficult as ever to predict which direction the Buffalo Bills will go with their first-round draft pick. With a roster that doesn't have a lot of crying needs, General Manager Brandon Beane has no shortage of options -- both with his draft position and the players he targets. This week's mailbag thoroughly…

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Andre Roberts wasn’t expecting to make it to the open market. The Buffalo Bills didn't think he would either, but when that happened, General Manager Brandon Beane acted quickly to sign Roberts away from the New York Jets. In the process, Beane solved a problem the Bills never figured out in 2018. Roberts made the Pro Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro kick returner last…

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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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When Micah Hyde looks back on the Buffalo Bills’ 2018 season, he sees a core reason the team took such a significant backward step after reaching the playoffs the year before. “Last year, we didn’t know our identity, we really didn’t,” Hyde said. He was speaking by phone this week from San Diego, where he and his wife recently moved into a new home. The move has pres…

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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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There’s good news and bad news when it comes to injuries for the Buffalo Bills in 2018. The good news is, for the second straight year, the team enjoyed good health. The bad news, of course, is that fact didn’t matter much in a 6-10 season. Bills starters lost a total of 30 games to injuries in 2018. That’s an improvement over the 39 games lost during the 2017 season and…

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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 you’re looking for something promising, something to provide hope for the Buffalo Bills in 2019 and beyond, you got it Sunday. Josh Allen provided a ton of it with his passing and running in the Buffalo Bills’ 42-17 victory against the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field. Perhaps the rookie still has more to prove about whether he’ll be the long-term franchise quarterback…

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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…

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If I ever make it big one day, Josh Allen thought to himself, I’m not going to act like that guy. Growing up in Firebaugh, Calif., the Buffalo Bills’ rookie quarterback was a big San Francisco Giants fan. He recalled this week a moment that has shaped his approach ever since. “I won't mention his name, but there was a pitcher for the Giants. He had a fantastic game a…

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Lorenzo Alexander is 35 years old. That fact continues to blow the minds of his teammates on the Buffalo Bills’ defense. “Zo's a beast. Everything he does for us, especially at his age, man, this dude is a beast,” safety Micah Hyde said. On Sunday, that included stepping into a new role. With Matt Milano out for the season because of a broken fibula, Alexander played…

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The proud Buffalo Bills’ defense wasn’t going to let it happen again. A week after blowing a late fourth-quarter lead against rookie Sam Darnold and the New York Jets, the Bills’ defense protected the slimmest of margins with a big stop, holding the Detroit Lions to a three-and-out on their final possession to help deliver a 14-13 victory Sunday at New Era Field. “It…