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Russell Bodine learned to fall in line and march at a young age. He learned about toughness and following orders and the importance of playing his position, whatever that might be, each cog in the machine critical to the success of the whole. "There's a saying about Fork Union: ‘It's not always a great place to be, but it's a great place to be from,' " Bodine said th…

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Admittedly, the bar is low when it comes to preseason openers, but that was a solid showing from the Bills' offense on Thursday night. For what it's worth, I thought Josh Allen played a better game than social media would have you believe. There are a lot of "analysts" out there who seem to have a big interest in Allen failing to justify their scouting reports of him be…

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The Bills' first preseason home game takes place at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 vs. the Carolina Panthers. Here's what you need to be paying attention to. 1. The quarterbacks. Duh. Through two weeks of training camp, there has not been a noticeable separation between Nathan Peterman, AJ McCarron and Josh Allen. Who gets the call as the starter? Do both McCarron and Peterman play with…

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PITTSFORD -- An injury to John Miller during Monday's practice provided a glimpse into how the Buffalo Bills view their options along the offensive line. Stepping in for Miller at right guard was Ryan Groy, who to this point in training camp has worked exclusively at center, alternating with Russell Bodine between the starters and second unit. Coach Sean McDermott pu…

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PITTSFORD — As Buffalo Bills players cleared the field and workers began to clean up the remains of practice, Adam Redmond was still out there, working with two other players in the corner of the end zone. Sunday's practice was a two-hour affair in 90-degree weather, but Redmond wanted to get extra reps in before calling it a day. This attitude is part of what led to hi…

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The mailbag is loaded this week with questions about the offensive line, tight end Charles Clay, the Sabres' big trade ... and even my slow-pitch softball team that is an absolute juggernaut. Without further ado ... Paul DuBourt asks: Jay, it’s early, but is it concerning that the O-line seems to be getting handled at each practice? Love our defense and I think it will…

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PITTSFORD – If you’re of the belief training camp doesn’t really start until the first fight, it began Sunday for the Buffalo Bills. A brief, heated skirmish broke out at St. John Fisher College after right tackle Jordan Mills and defensive end Jerry Hughes got into it. Players from both the offense and defense quickly converged, and at least a few punches were thrown f…

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PITTSFORD – There are milestones at every training camp. Saturday was one of those days at St. John Fisher College, as the Buffalo Bills practiced in pads for the first time in the 2018 season. “It brings back good memories,” center Ryan Groy said. “Every late July, you bring out the pads and it’s real football. It’s time to go.” Throughout the spring and for the …

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So much for that "quiet time" on the NFL calendar. In the past three weeks alone, the following has occurred: A dead body was found at the home of Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, and the player's brother has been charged with manslaughter. Adam "PacMan" Jones got into a fistfight in the middle of the Atlanta airport (he wasn't arrested and police said he was defendin…

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Welcome to the period of the NFL calendar teams dread most. The six-week break from the end of spring practices to the start of training camp gives players a chance to reconnect with their families and get some much-needed rest. It also provides them the sort of free time that scares teams, because that's when bad decisions can be made. Surely, that was part of Sean McD…

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Coach Sean McDermott and former teammates wished the best for recently released Bills guard Richie Incognito on Thursday as troubling new details of his interaction with police in Florida earlier this week emerged. Incognito had the police called on him at a gym in Florida after allegedly throwing a dumbbell at a man during an altercation. Incognito wasn’t arrested Wedn…

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Each week, Bills writer Jay Skurski answers questions from readers in his Bills Mailbag. You can submit questions via jskurski@buffnews.com or @JaySkurski on Twitter. Here are two additional questions from last week. (You can read the full Mailbag by following the link below.) David asks: Can the change in O-Line scheme actually improve the O-Line play even with the …

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At least on one side of the ball, the Buffalo Bills will have some stability in 2018. Coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will enter Year 2 with their scheme, which is a welcome change after years of players continually being forced to learn new defenses. The story isn't the same on offense, which will have its fourth offensive coordinator in t…

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Remember when Mario Williams made his visit to Buffalo Bills as a free agent and the weather was incredible? I've been thinking about that a lot this week, as the Bills bring some of the draft's top prospects to town for visits. The conditions outside are drastically different than they were in March 2012, when there was a glorious run of 80-degree days during Williams'…

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The signings have slowed to a trickle around the NFL. After a frantic first week of free agency, most of the headline-grabbing moves have been made, but as the Buffalo Bills showed Monday, there is always work to be done. General Manager Brandon Beane added depth to the offensive line with the signings of former Bengals center Russell Bodine and former Raiders right tac…