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NFL teams are fond of looking at the schedule in quarters. When the Buffalo Bills do so, they’ll come away feeling awfully good about the first one of the 2019 season – even if it ended on a sour note. The Bills went 3-1 in the first quarter of this season, a record that has them in a postseason spot if the season ended today. The one loss came Sunday against the New…

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The Buffalo Bills are about as close to full health as they can be heading into the season opener. The only player on the 53-man roster to miss Monday’s practice was tight end Tyler Kroft. That has been the case for him since the first practice of the spring, when he suffered a broken foot. The difference is, throughout training camp and the preseason, Kroft was on t…

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Welcome to the NFL’s true offseason. The six weeks between the end of spring practices and the start of training camp is the only slow spot on the league’s calendar. With that in mind, a note of thanks to all of you who have produced such good questions week after week for the mailbag. Before I head out on my own summer vacation, here’s one last mailbag to wrap up the s…

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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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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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The Buffalo Bills’ season took a turn in Week 9. A 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears at New Era Field dropped the team to 2-7 and made it abundantly clear that a second straight trip to the postseason was highly unlikely. In the days that followed, the team’s focus shifted. The plug was mercifully pulled on the Nathan Peterman Project. More than that, though, a youth mo…

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What a change from a year ago at this time. The 2017 Buffalo Bills season got off to a surprising 3-1 start, capturing the attention and imagination of the team’s long-suffering fans. That hot start went a long way toward the Bills ending a 17-year playoff drought. Fast forward to today, though, and it’s a different story. The Bills have started 2018 with a 1-3 recor…

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Sean McDermott had seen enough. The Buffalo Bills’ coach took over play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier in the second half of Sunday’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in the home opener at New Era Field. “I just thought we needed a spark and that’s my background,” McDermott said in his postgame press conference. “Coach Frazier does a r…

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The first question to Sean McDermott on Monday was about a punter. Sure, it might have been made partly in jest, considering the news of the day was a starting quarterback being named. But it still was a relevant topic. The Bills made a somewhat surprising swap Sunday when they released Colton Schmidt, their punter the past four seasons, replacing him with rookie Cor…

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Bills long snapper Reid Ferguson is going viral for a trick shot video that he posted on Twitter that has been viewed nearly 50,000 times. Ferguson knocks a can off a picnic table in the first portion, then he hits a flying disc that's midair before smacking the can off a friend's head. The bold move belongs to Ferguson's friend, Eric – the one with the can on his head.…

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Bills long snapper Reid Ferguson was among a number of Bills players who joined team chaplain Len Vanden Bos on a recent mission trip inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. Ferguson shared his experiences with The Buffalo News in a guest column. What started as, or what I thought was, a normal mission trip to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, ended up being …

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Bills long snapper Reid Ferguson has long been an advocate for diabetes prevention and research because of his younger brother, Blake. Blake, a three-year starter at long snapper for LSU, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2011 at age 13. At the time, he was among the older patients in the hospital and he used his optimism and energy to inspire the younger patients, …

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The Buffalo Bills’ special teams took the biggest step forward of any team in the NFL in 2017. The Bills finished tied for seventh overall in Rick Gosselin’s annual rankings of the league’s 32 special-teams units, an increase of 17 spots from their No. 24 finish in 2016. Gosselin’s rankings, which are compiled by assigning points based on a team’s finish in 22 kicking g…

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As an only child, Tyrod Taylor was fortunate around Christmas time. “My family wasn't rich or anything, but my mom and my dad tried to make sure I had everything I asked for,” the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback said Thursday. When Taylor reached the NFL, he was determined to make the holiday special for others the way his parents did for him. He did so by “adopting” fami…

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When the Bills run: LeSean McCoy sits just 39 yards from a huge career milestone of 10,000 yards. McCoy’s running ability in the snow is out of this world — it looks like he’s playing on a different surface than everybody else. The Bills have quietly improved to sixth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 130.1 yards per game. That's almost all McCoy. If he doesn’t get the mile…