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Dirty work is a frequent description of the duties a fullback has in the NFL. Zach Olstad can’t help but laugh when he hears that. After all, taking on a 300-pound defensive lineman is practically a walk in the park compared to what the Buffalo Bills’ rookie is doing this summer. Just as he has for the past seven years, Olstad is lending a hand at Harmony Transportat…

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Bills fullback Patrick DiMarco and wife Kirstin welcomed a daughter, Sutton Wynne DiMarco, on Friday. DiMarco posted a photo on Instagram of son Weston holding the baby.  

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For those of you keeping track of the Bills' salary situation, a number of players had their salaries formally guaranteed Sunday along with some bonuses being issued. Sunday was the fifth day of the league year and terms often are written into contracts based on that benchmark. Here are the updates: On Sunday ... Defensive end Jerry Hughes received a $1 million …

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Bill fullback Patrick DiMarco is getting in his work during the offseason in the classroom, too, with an eye toward the future. DiMarco was among 25 former and current NFL players at Michigan's Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor for the annual NFL Business Academy — a four-day intensive program designed to educate and inform attendees on best practices for business ma…

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ORLANDO – It wasn't a dream, Bills fans. The 17-year playoff drought is over. Buffalo's 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday improved the team to 9-7, but it wasn't until the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens about 30 minutes later that the Bills' postseason ticket was punched. A crowd numbering in the hundreds greeted the Bills' charter flight when it…

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Buffalo Bills are finally headed back to the playoffs, but they might be going there without their best offensive player. Running back LeSean McCoy left Sunday’s 22-16 victory over the Dolphins in the third quarter with a right ankle injury. McCoy was hurt at the end of a 3-yard carry as he was tackled by Dolphins linebacker Chase Allen. Bil…

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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…

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The Buffalo Bills' offense has been good at keeping drives alive this season and great at converting third-and-manageable situations. The Bills rank seventh in third-down offense overall, converting 42 percent of their chances. The Bills are second in the league in third-and-5 or less, converting 65 percent. Only Dallas, at 66 percent, is better on third and 1 to 5. …

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Bills' fullback lead zone run Miami's defensive tackles are stout but the linebackers can be attacked in the run game. This was a fullback lead zone run the Bills hit for 14 yards in the win two weeks ago. Center Eric Wood (70) got a piece of defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (97) then got to the second level and bulled linebacker Kiko Alonso (47). Fullback Patric…

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Fullback may be a position of decreasing importance in today's NFL, but it's not so obscure that it explains what happened in the AFC Pro Bowl results. Mike Tolbert has not played fullback for the Bills all season. But that didn't stop him from being named as a Pro Bowl alternate at the position — even ahead of Patrick DiMarco, who actually plays fullback for the Bills.…

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What drives LeSean McCoy? If you thought you knew, think again. McCoy’s original goal, back in 2009, was to survive eight years in the NFL. That sounded good for a running back drafted in the second round. But when he blew past that mark last season still going as strong as ever, McCoy upped his sights to 10 years and 10,000 rushing yards. He refers to that as his “1…

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Sometimes, a small gesture can have a big impact. That’s true of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign, which is now in its second year. By relaxing its draconian dress-code rules for a week, the league has not only allowed players to express themselves, but also has given them an opportunity to raise awareness for the causes that are closest to their hearts. “Thi…

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The flight home from Los Angeles provided Sean McDermott and Lorenzo Alexander time for a heart-to-heart talk. The Buffalo Bills’ veteran coach wanted to know from his veteran linebacker how he could be best utilized. “Obviously playing on the edge is one of the things that I've done in the past and I've done the most,” Alexander said Thursday. “Being able to rush th…

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Add fullback Patrick DiMarco to the list of Bills players not practicing. DiMarco was listed as a full participant Wednesday despite an ankle injury, but did not take part Thursday. DiMarco has been used somewhat sparingly in recent games. He joined Mike Tolbert, Cordy Glenn, John Miller, Kelvin Benjamin and Nick O'Leary among those who were sidelined. https://…

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Faith and football have long been intertwined. From players pointing toward the sky or taking a knee to pray after scoring a touchdown to the postgame prayer circle at midfield, examples are easy to find. In times of adversity, which the Buffalo Bills most certainly are going through now, players and coaches turn to their faith for answers and strength. “Sometimes yo…