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Trent Murphy isn’t a patient man. The Buffalo Bills’ veteran defensive end drove five hours, in the dark, through a snowstorm one night in March 2018, rather than flying to Buffalo the next morning, because he couldn’t wait to sign his contract. He couldn’t wait to get back on the field. Just seven months earlier, Murphy blew out his left knee during a preseason g…

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This is the sixth in a series previewing each position on the Buffalo Bills before the July 25 start of training camp. The Buffalo Bills lost one of the franchise’s all-time great leaders with the retirement of defensive tackle Kyle Williams. But with the addition of first-round draft pick Ed Oliver, selected with the No. 9 overall pick out of Houston, the defensive …

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In 2013, when Star Lotulelei was a rookie defensive tackle who had joined the Carolina Panthers as a first-round draft pick, he found guidance from a veteran at the same position, Dwan Edwards. Edwards was in the 10th season of an NFL career that included a brief stop with the Buffalo Bills, from 2010 to 2011. Edwards wasn't much of a talker, but he provided Lotulelei w…

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With less than two weeks remaining until the NFL Draft, it's as difficult as ever to predict which direction the Buffalo Bills will go with their first-round draft pick. With a roster that doesn't have a lot of crying needs, General Manager Brandon Beane has no shortage of options -- both with his draft position and the players he targets. This week's mailbag thoroughly…

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The NFL's legal tampering window officially opened at noon. That means the Buffalo Bills and 31 other teams can enter into contract negotiations with the agents of players set to become unrestricted free agents at 4 p.m. Wednesday. While terms can be agreed to, those deals can't become official until that time. It didn't take long for the first big deal to take form …

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A critical offseason is about to start for the Buffalo Bills. Year No. 2 of the Brandon Beane-Sean McDermott pairing produced a step back with a 6-10 record. That was not entirely unexpected, though, after the team moved on from starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, replacing him with rookie Josh Allen. Perhaps more importantly, the front office also made the calculated de…

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Jordan Phillips could have chased a longer contract somewhere else. The Buffalo Bills’ defensive tackle simply never felt that need. “Buffalo kind of resurrected my career and I feel like they should reap the benefits from it,” Phillips said Tuesday, speaking on a conference call shortly after his one-year contract extension with the Bills was announced. “I really wa…

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This is the second of a three-part series analyzing the Bills' salary-cap situation entering the free-agency signing period. Read the first and third parts here and here. The Buffalo Bills enter the 2019 free-agency season without many high-priced players by NFL standards. They are one of only two teams with just one player earning an average of $10 million a year or…

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This week's Mailbag leads with an attempt at answering a popular question among Bills fans: How many ex-Panthers are too many? It also touches on free agency, the potential throw-off between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes and the idea of pursuing Kareem Hunt. Let's get to it ... Valar Morghulis asks: Do you think it’s a concern that the Bills go after so many Panthers p…

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Star Lotulelei was a well-rounded force for the Bills down the stretch after spending the first two and a half months as a block-devouring nose tackle who had immense troubles rushing the passer. The former first-round pick had two quarterback pressures on 13 pass-rush snaps in the victory against the Dolphins in the season finale. It marked the first time in a game tha…

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Topics hit this week in the Bills Mailbag include the likelihood of trading down, what happened to the run defense last week, and of course, Kyle Williams' retirement announcement. Let's get right to it ... Doug Pagano asks: The Bills have the 31st-ranked scoring offense, averaging only 15 points a game. What are the chances that coach Sean McDermott looks to make a cha…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Detroit Lions Sunday at New Era Field: 1. The Bills’ pass rush needs to show some teeth. Failing to register a single hit on Sam Darnold last Sunday was inexcusable and went a long way toward the inability to protect a 14-3 first-quarter lead on the way to a 27-23 loss against the New York Jets. As a rookie, D…

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Detroit Lions-Buffalo Bills in late December was always going to be a tough sell. That's played out this week, as tickets were available on the secondary market for as little as $6 as of Thursday. Even though there are no playoff implications, there is plenty for Bills fans to watch for Sunday. That starts with Josh Allen and the continued development of the offense.…

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Buffalo's quartet of newcomers on the defensive line had problems – once again – getting after the opposing quarterback in Week 14's loss to the Jets at home. While members of the Bills' pass rush who've been in Western New York for years – like Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, Lorenzo Alexander and Shaq Lawson – have done a terrific job consistently creating pressure, Star…

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After missing the previous three games because of injury, Bills defensive end Trent Murphy returned in Week 12 and had a somewhat quiet afternoon in Buffalo's win against Jacksonville. He registered two pressures of Blake Bortles on 22 pass-rushing attempts and missed a tackle on a run play. It might have been because of his injury, but Murphy did not start the game. Sh…