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For the most part, the Buffalo Bills have received positive reviews for their accomplishments through the first wave of free agency. They focused their energy, along with a whole lot of cash, on upgrading the pieces around Josh Allen. The Bills bolstered their receiving corps with the additions of John Brown from the Baltimore Ravens, and Cole Beasley from the Dallas…

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When Phil Simms thinks of Buffalo and its all-consuming relationship with the Bills, he isn’t reminded of a typical NFL market. “Playing there is more like a college atmosphere,” said Simms, who spent 15 seasons quarterbacking the New York Giants and has had a lengthy career as a football analyst, mostly with CBS Sports. “In other words, everybody is just so, so passionat…

Analysis

Jim Kubiak will be analyzing the play of the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks throughout the season for BNBlitz.com. Kubiak is the all-time leading passer at Navy, has played in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League, and has been a coach and executive in the AFL. He spent eight years as the radio analyst for the University at Buffalo and runs the Western New York Qua…

Sports

The first match-up that featured Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen and New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold led to the Bills’ highest-rated Sunday afternoon game of the season. The Bills’ 27-23 loss to the Jets had a 38.5 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. The rating peaked at game’s end at a 44.2 rating. Before Sunday, the Bill…

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The first chance to see Josh Allen against comparable NFL competition didn’t go so well for the Buffalo Bills’ rookie quarterback, and it showed on his face after Sunday’s 27-23 loss against the New York Jets. He seemed particularly crushed by this defeat, reflected by the distant look in his eyes and somber tone as he answered reporters’ questions. “Usual football feeli…

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With both players injured for the previous meeting between the teams on Nov. 11 at MetLife Stadium, the much-anticipated Josh Allen-Sam Darnold showdown of AFC East premium picks from the Quarterback Class of 2018 draft had to wait until Sunday at New Era Field. Round One went to Darnold, who led a winning touchdown drive that ended with Elijah McGuire’s 1-yard touchdown …

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills’ game against the New York Jets Sunday at New Era Field: 1. Josh Allen should take another significant step forward with his play against the third bad team in a row the Bills will face. The rookie had his best game to date in last Sunday’s loss against the Miami Dolphins. He showed superb command and did a mostly strong job of…

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Burying the New England Patriots before the end of the season is something of an NFL tradition. It has happened, time and again, after their typically slow starts. Tom Brady is losing his magic … His supporting cast is too banged up … Bill Belichick’s wizardry has finally run its course. Of course, the words invariably prove to be little more than the wasted wishful …

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New Bills quarterback Josh Allen has said he wants to learn. In early March, he got the opportunity to spend three hours with Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells in Jupiter, Fla. Allen was joined by Sam Darnold who was drafted by the Jets. Parcells' former agent, Jimmy Sexton, is part of Creative Arts Agency, which also represents Darnold, and Allen and Sexton made the req…

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The three-day extravaganza known as the NFL Draft will engulf and devour our TV screens this week. Fox TV and the NFL Network for the first time are partnering for a simulcast of the first round on Thursday, and for rounds 2 and 3 on Friday. ESPN will have its own broadcast each day of the draft, with alternate coverage on ESPN2. On Saturday, when rounds 4 through 7 are…

Analysis

What will the Bills do Thursday night with the 12th overall pick? Bills beat writers Jay Skurski and Vic Carucci read the Draft Meter on the likelihood of these players landing in Buffalo. The meter reading goes from 1 (least likely) to 10 (most likely). Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California Jay: He’s a personality match to Bills coach Sean McDermott, but more than th…

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[BN] Blitz's Path to the Passer series explored potential quarterbacks for the Bills and how quarterbacks are evaluated. How much does a strong arm matter?  At times, it’s as if no other trait matters. Find a big arm and your passing prayers are answered. Find a big arm and expect big success. The Browns, who own the first and fourth overall picks in the draft that be…

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The 1983 quarterback draft class is the gold standard. This year's group probably won't pan out so well, but silver sure can shimmer. The Comstock Lode, the massive silver vein in Nevada's western mountains, made many men rich and established much of America's Pacific infrastructure. There was so much silver, the U.S. Mint opened a branch in nearby Carson City. …

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The more draft picks you have, the better. It's an NFL truism. The draft is a crapshoot, and more picks increase a team's odds of getting good players. Except it's a truism that is trumped by another: A good quarterback is essential to long-term success. There's the rub at the top of the NFL Draft. Every year, teams mortgage the future for a player in the top 1…

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1. Sam Darnold*, USC. 6-3, 221. At the top largely because of improvisational playmaking and strong leadership, but turnovers can't be ignored. 2. Josh Rosen*, UCLA. 6-4, 226. True pocket passer with a strong, accurate arm, and anticipates well. Questions linger about how much he loves football. 3. Josh Allen*, Wyoming. 6-4, 237. Big, strong, tough and the ability to…