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Here's a great bar conversation to have, courtesy of a tweet from NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah on Friday. "The 2011 NFL Draft class should be a documentary one day," Jeremiah wrote on Twitter. "Seven of the top 11 picks will be Hall of Famers. Cam Newton (1) Von Miller (2) AJ Green (4) Patrick Peterson (5) Julio Jones (6) Tyron Smith (9) JJ Watt (11)." I'm not sold …

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The Bills began free agency with 18 unrestricted free agents. As the calendar hits April, nine of the 18 remain on the market. The Bills have re-signed four – Kyle Williams, Travaris Cadet, Ramon Humber and Taiwan Jones. The five who have signed elsewhere are Preston Brown (Bengals), E.J. Gaines (Browns), Seantrel Henderson (Texans), Deonte Thompson (Cowboys) and Sha…

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The Buffalo Bills have one less need before next week's start of free agency. The team announced Tuesday that it has signed former Jaguars running back Chris Ivory. He figures to replace Mike Tolbert as the primary backup to LeSean McCoy in 2018. “I’m just here to work hard and when my number’s called, be ready to perform,” Ivory said on a conference call with the We…

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INDIANAPOLIS – The only need for the Buffalo Bills at running back is behind starter LeSean McCoy. That was the message Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine from both General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. “I expect him back and he’ll be a big part of what we’re doing in 2018,” Beane said. McCoy, who will be 30 at the start of the 2018 season, ha…

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There’s Le’Veon Bell, then there’s everyone else when it comes to free-agent running backs in the NFL. The Steelers’ star is one of the best playmakers in the entire league, which is why he got the franchise tag last season. The same situation could present itself again in the coming days, as the Pittsburgh front office weighs whether to use the tag on him for a second …

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For a playoff team, the Buffalo Bills have a long list of needs. General Manager Brandon Beane acknowledged as much last month at the Senior Bowl. “We're a long way from where we need to be,” Beane said in Mobile, Ala. “This year was setting the culture and expectations of what we need to get done.  ... We have a lot of holes to fill. We know that. We're going to do …

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A year after leading the NFL with 24 unrestricted free agents, the Buffalo Bills are once again a team loaded with expiring contracts. The Bills have 18 players set to hit the open market in March, meaning General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott will continue their radical reshaping of the roster that started last year. Some of that reshaping will be done…

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Running back Mike Tolbert is a free agent after one season with the Bills. With the hiring of Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, speculation has begun that Tolbert could return to the Panthers. Tolbert spent five years with the Panthers after beginning his career with the Chargers when Turner was their head coach. Tolbert lives in Char…

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The drought is dead. The Buffalo Bills finally ended a 17-year postseason dry spell, leading to mass celebrations, six-figure charitable donations and hope that, finally, the team is on the right path under the leadership of General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Before attention turns squarely to planning for 2018, though, here is one final look bac…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — LeSean McCoy was in no mood to talk about the future Sunday. "I live now, in the moment," he said after the Buffalo Bills were eliminated from the playoffs with a 10-3 loss to the Jaguars at EverBank Stadium. "The moment is we could have won this game." McCoy did his part, rushing 19 times for 75 yards and catching six passes for 44 yards while p…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The wait is almost over. A day short of the 18-year anniversary of the Music City Miracle, the Buffalo Bills make their long-awaited return to the postseason Sunday when they visit the Jaguars at EverBank Field. Here's all you need to know for the game, plus five things we'll be watching for: • TV: CBS. Announcers: Jim Nantz (play by play), To…

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The architects are different, but the blueprints they’re working off remain the same for the Buffalo Bills. A strong running game and a defense that depends on taking the ball away will be the keys to an upset victory Sunday for the Bills in their first playoff game in 18 years. That’s a vision that was laid out on March 10, 2015, the day the team officially acquired ru…

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There is no replacing LeSean McCoy. Buffalo Bills running back Marcus Murphy knows that, even if he’s asked to try Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I know I have a role in this offense, just like everyone else,” Murphy said Wednesday after practice. “I can't be Shady. You know, Shady is Shady. I just try to do what I can to take care of my role. When I get t…

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When the Bills run: No LeSean McCoy is a scary thought for the Bills. If the Jaguars have a weakness defensively (Buffalo coach Sean McDermott says they don’t), it would be stopping the run. Jacksonville allowed 116.3 rushing yards per game in the regular season, which tied for 21st in the NFL. Stopping the combination of Marcus Murphy and Mike Tolbert is obviously prefera…

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A Buffalo Bills victory wasn't enough. Not only did they have to beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, but the Bills also needed help from at least one other team, maybe two, to end the longest active playoff skid in North American big-league sports. In addition, the Baltimore Ravens had to lose. If not that, then the Los Angeles Chargers and the Tennessee Titans had to…