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The day after minicamp ended last month, Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott sat down for what’s become an annual meeting with beat reporters covering the Buffalo Bills. The idea behind the session, which is organized by Derek Boyko, the team’s vice president of communications, is twofold. No. 1, it gives reporters a chance to get materials together for articles previewing…

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INDIANAPOLIS – Sean McDermott had to stop and compose himself. Seated on stage at the NFL’s Women’s Careers in Football Forum, the Buffalo Bills’ coach watched as a picture of his 10-year-old daughter, Maddie, appeared on the projector. In the photo, Maddie is dressed for her school’s career day. Her chosen occupation? Head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Dressed in a Bi…

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Lorenzo Alexander recognizes he’s nearing the end of his NFL career. His contract with the Buffalo Bills is due to expire after the season. That has prompted the 35-year-old linebacker to wonder whether he’ll be on the team next year, on another club or out of the NFL altogether. “I mean, it's obviously on my mind,” Alexander said. “I’m just talking through a lot of …

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Just 10 players remain on the Buffalo Bills team from the 2016 roster, built by former general manager Doug Whaley and ex-head coach Rex Ryan. Just three players from the years 2010 to 2016 who were "drafted by Whaley" while he was GM or the right-hand man to Buddy Nix are still on the team. They are John Miller, Shaq Lawson and Adolphus Washington. Whaley held the GM t…

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PITTSFORD – John Miller could go a long way toward alleviating one of the biggest concerns for the Buffalo Bills in 2018. After losing veteran center Eric Wood and Pro Bowl left guard Richie Incognito – as well as trading away left tackle Cordy Glenn – there is angst among members of Bills Mafia about how the offensive line will hold up. “Losing those guys hurt, but …

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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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Russ Brandon resigned this week from his position as the president and managing partner of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which oversees the Bills and Sabres, Tim Graham reported Tuesday. Brandon's resignation follows an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate relationships with female employees. Brandon, who began his career with the Bills as executi…

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During a segment on ESPN's NFL Live outside AT&T Stadium in Texas – site of Thursday night's NFL Draft – former Bills coach Rex Ryan was analyzing the quarterbacks expected to be among the top picks. The Bills figure to be a team looking to trade up in order to select one of the highly ranked prospects. Ryan said the Bills need to be aggressive and lauded Bills o…

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The Bills' roster turnover was a spectacle to behold in the first year of the Sean McDermott-Brandon Beane regime. Players who fit Rex Ryan's defense were shed. Big contracts were traded. High draft picks that underperformed were sent packing. As the Bills enter their second post-Rex season, trades and retirements have continued that trend. After scratching Richie…

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Former Bills coach Rex Ryan will be part of the annual NFL-USO trip to visit the troops. The weeklong tour goes through Italy and Germany. In an interview with MMQB.com to talk about the tour, Ryan was asked about former Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and what he thinks the Bills will do with the No. 12 overall pick. You can read the full interview here: The MMQB: Yo…

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Safety James Ihedigbo, who spent part of the 2016 season with the Bills, announced his retirement via an Instagram post. The Bills also announced his retirement because his NFL rights were still owned by the team. He last played in the NFL with the Bills, appearing in four games with three starts. Ihedigbo, 34, signed with the Bills in mid-November in 2016 and then w…

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What's the opposite of robust? A long-running joke about the Buffalo Bills has been about their much-heralded "robust football analytics operation," a phrase used by Russ Brandon in 2013 to indicate grand plans to bring a progressive and aggressive approach to football. Five years later, the Bills have blown it up. The Bills last week dismissed director of analyti…

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The man who followed Doug Marrone as Bills coach is picking Marrone and the Jaguars to win Sunday's AFC Championship Game. At the end of ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown, Rex Ryan was the only member of the panel of five to pick the Jaguars to beat the Patriots. Ryan had a 15-16 record in two seasons with the Bills until he was fired before the last game last season. Marron…

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Time has softened Rex Ryan’s stance on the Buffalo Bills. Back at the Super Bowl, fresh off being fired after less than two full seasons as the Bills’ coach, Ryan told the New York Daily News he “stripped that damn truck the day I got fired,” referring to his famous pickup, adding “(expletive) you” for good measure. It was clear then that the pain of being fired for …

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A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…