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This week’s Bills Mailbag leads with the phenomenon that Christian Wade is becoming. It also hits on the crowded competition at wide receiver, Tyree Jackson’s chances of making the practice squad, whether it's time to start worrying about Stephen Hauschka and plenty more. Let’s get right to it … @BigD50786709 asks: Why does everyone say Christian Wade can’t make the tea…

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For as long as he can remember, Darryl Johnson Jr. has gone by “Bam.” The Buffalo Bills’ rookie defensive end earned the nickname from his parents, Marsha and Darryl Sr., after "The Flintstones" character Bamm-Bamm Rubble, because he had a tendency to slam his toys on the ground. Two decades later, the nickname still fits, but for a different reason. Bamm-Bamm was fa…

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PITTSFORD – Few players have more fun on the football field than Shaq Lawson. The Buffalo Bills’ defensive end is seemingly always in the middle of whatever conversation is going on, either on the sideline or in the locker room. On Sunday, Lawson joined some of his defensive linemates in showing off some dance moves while Lakeside’s “Fantastic Voyage” blared over the sp…

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PITTSFORD – Here are my top takeaways from Day 7 of Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College. 1. Dialing it back. The Bills practiced in shorts and shells Thursday after four consecutive workouts in pads. As such, the intensity level was down a couple of notches. With a night practice looming Friday at New Era Field, coach Sean McDermott went heavy on veteran rest…

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PITTSFORD – Here are my top takeaways from Day 6 of Buffalo Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College. 1. Injuries starting to take their toll. Coach Sean McDermott started his press conference Wednesday by announcing that center Mitch Morse is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Morse was given a veteran rest day Sunday, followed by a day off Monday. It raised some …

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Jadeveon Clowney’s holdout from training camp with the Houston Texans has entered its second week. A former No. 1 overall draft pick, Clowney has yet to sign his one-year contract with the Texans, who used the franchise tag on him. That means he can’t be fined for skipping camp, as he did all of spring practices, and thus isn’t expected to report until closer to the sta…

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The Buffalo Bills couldn't have asked for two better days to start training camp. The team practiced under perfect conditions at St. John Fisher College at 9:45 a.m. Thursday and Friday, and will do so again both days this weekend. The return of football brings with it my regular duty handling the Bills Mailbag. Let's get to your questions ... Brendan Sweet asks: …

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If the Bills hoped to motivate Shaq Lawson by declining to extend his rookie contract, it worked. "No, I ain't concerned. It's motivation. I know what time it is. It's do or die," Lawson said Tuesday. "I've been through a situation like this before. It's just a small step. Me, I'm just gonna go out there and ball this year and see where everything falls." The Bills h…

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The Buffalo Bills' offseason has hit its first bit of adversity. When Sean McDermott started his news conference before the team's second spring practice session, he read an injury report that sounded like it should have come in Week 7 of the regular season. The good news is it's May. There is time for those players to get healthy. The bad news is, those injured play…

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Props to you, the readers, for providing some great questions this week in the Bills Mailbag. A programming note: If yours didn't make it this week, I've got it saved for next week. Let's get to it ... Viva Los Bills #PonchoPower asks: What returning starter from last season is the most likely not to make the team in 2019? Jay: First of all, well done on the name.…

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The Buffalo Bills have something that has eluded them for a long time: Stability. The team is entering the third year under the leadership of coach Sean McDermott. That means the same defensive system for three years in a row. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will return for his second season on the job, so the offense will have continuity that it has long lacked. Las…

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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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Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said the team and defensive end Shaq Lawson are "on the same page" following the Bills' decision not to pick up his fifth-year option. "The critical piece is we've had communications with Shaq and we're on the same page," McDermott said Friday on the first day of rookie minicamp. "Doesn't necessarily mean after this year we will go our…

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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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It’s finally here. After months of buildup, the first round of the NFL draft gets started at 8 p.m. Thursday in Nashville. The Buffalo Bills have the ninth overall pick – barring a trade – and several different directions they can go. That means it’s time for a draft edition of the mailbag. Let’s get to it. Joseph Spinelli asks: If the choice was yours, who do you…