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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Talent was never the question with Sammy Watkins. The former Buffalo Bills’ first-round draft pick has game-changing ability. Always has. Injuries – and admitted immaturity – during his time in Buffalo prevented the receiver from always showing that. The Kansas City Chiefs believed in him, though, which is why they signed him as an unrestricted fre…

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This week’s Bills Mailbag naturally highlights Super Bowl LIV, starting with the question: Who should Bills fans root for? It also includes plenty of draft and free agency chatter. Let’s get right to it. Luigi Mike Speranza asks: Everyone I know is rooting for the Chiefs for former Bills players and AFC representation. I say root for the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo for MV…

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When the 49ers run: Few teams in the NFL do it better. The 49ers were one of only two teams in the league to run the ball more than they threw it this past season, with 587 rushing attempts against 544 pass plays. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk is a big part of the league’s second-ranked rushing attack (144.1 yards per game) as a lead blocker. The 49ers have three capable running …

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MIAMI – Buffalo broke Sammy Watkins. A former first-round draft pick of the Bills in 2014, Watkins was fed up with losing, fed up with being hurt, fed up with it all. So much so, Watkins said this week, that he was ready to retire. “At that point in my life, I didn’t want to be there,” Watkins told The Buffalo News on Thursday. “Somehow, miraculously, I got traded…

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MIAMI – Western New York is not typically thought of as a hotbed for NFL talent. A pair of Kansas City Chiefs, however, hope to one day see that reputation change. Kansas City linebacker Demone Harris and wide receiver Jody Fortson are both representing the Chiefs at Super Bowl LIV. Harris is a member of the 53-man roster, while Fortson has spent the season on the Chief…

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Field Level Media LeSean McCoy had 10 carries for a team-high 81 yards in his Kansas City Chiefs debut, but it was another former Buffalo Bills player who stole the show. Sammy Watkins caught nine passes for a career-high 198 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs downed the host Jacksonville Jaguars, 40-26, Sunday. Watkins enabled Kansas City to overcome the lo…

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Losing Kyle Williams is going to hurt the leadership of any locker room. The Buffalo Bills, though, look as if they should be able to withstand it. Veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander figures to immediately step into that role, but he’s already announced the 2019 season will be his last. That means the Bills will be looking for another defensive player to emerge. As…

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The 2011 collective bargaining agreement gave teams the option of adding a fifth year onto the standard four-year rookie contract for their first-round draft picks. The decision comes in the offseason after the player's third year. The Bills have had an astonishingly low rate of success getting their first-round picks to the fifth-year option. The Bills declined to pick…

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By nature, Brandon Beane loves any opportunity to make a deal. “I think I’ve always had that in me,” the Buffalo Bills’ general manager said in a recent conversation with The Buffalo News. How far back does this trait go? We’re not talking about someone who, as a kid, would work the cafeteria in search of someone who wanted to swap lunches. Beane will tell you he can…

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"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" Bills fans likely were saying that to themselves last week watching their team's 27-6 demolition of the Minnesota Vikings. One thing is certain after that result: The next few weeks have gotten a lot more interesting. On to this week's mailbag ... @atv3 asks: Watching the success of Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin…

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It's hard to believe, but we're only five days away from football. The annual Hall of Fame game takes place Thursday between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio. Aside from being the first game of the new season, Bills fans may be interested to tune in and see the Ravens, Buffalo's Week 1 opponent. Like the Bills, the Ravens have a first-round rookie …

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Former Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins' trademark dreadlocks were gone when he reported to Kansas City Chiefs training camp. “Kind of just wanted to be different this season and just be about business,” Watkins told the Kansas City Star. “I’ve had them for 12, 13 years. I’m 25 now. I don’t want to be 40 with dreads. I just decided to cut it.” Watkins also was the artis…

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A lot of questions this week, so no room for an introduction. Let's get to the mailbag ... Jeff F. asks: Which under-the-radar player is your early guess for the surprise of camp? Jay: Rookie undrafted receiver Robert Foster. The Alabama product played last year for new Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll with the Crimson Tide. He has the size and speed NFL teams…

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The Buffalo Bills got robbed. Members of the Pro Football Writers of America voted recently for its yearly awards, one of which is the Pete Rozelle Award, which is given to an “NFL club public relations staff that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media.” This year’s winner was the Minnesota Vikings. The Bills were one of …

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If you see Brandon Beane on Wednesday, wish him a happy anniversary. The Buffalo Bills’ general manager has been on the job for exactly a year. Plenty has changed in the last 365 days with Beane in charge. Just 27 players (not including injured center Eric Wood) on the team's current roster were with the team a year ago. Beane has swung 11 trades since taking over as ge…