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The Bengals reportedly worked out a trio of free agent quarterbacks Thursday, including T.J. Yates, who spent all of training camp with the Bills. Yates opened the summer as the Bills' No. 2 quarterback before being supplanted by rookie Nathan Peterman. Yates suffered a concussion late in the preseason and was later released with an injury settlement so he could try to …

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Over the past 10 days, Bills coach Sean McDermott has used the word “protocol” as often as “process.” That trend may not continue. Tyrod Taylor has reportedly been cleared through the NFL’s concussion protocol to start at quarterback in Sunday’s opener against the Jets. T.J. Yates, on the other hand, has been placed on injured reserve. Yates, like Taylor, had been in…

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The Buffalo Bills said goodbye to one quarterback Tuesday and are reportedly set to welcome back another. Veteran T.J. Yates was placed on injured reserve as a part of two roster moves announced by the team. Yates suffered a concussion in the third preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 26. He participated in the individual portion of practice Monday, but i…

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A year ago, Keith Wenning lost his status as the Cincinnati Bengals' third-string quarterback. The guy who surpassed him Aug. 28, 2016, in Jacksonville? University at Buffalo grad Joe Licata took over after starter Andy Dalton and backup A.J. McCarron. Things didn't work out for Licata that night. A solid performance might've given Cincy reason to add him to the prac…

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Tyrod Taylor is in the NFL's concussion protocol, having slammed the back of his head off the M&T Bank Stadium turf Saturday night. That happened eight plays into the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. We don't yet know when he'll be back, let alone if he's a sure thing for the regular-season opener in two weeks. Taylor's injury gave rookie N…

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What we see in the preseason easily could be rationalized and justified and washed away by the mere fact these exhibitions don't count in the standings. The real games are a month away. There's time to make strategic corrections, to coach up those players. Sean McDermott isn't willing to make excuses when it comes to penalties, even in the preseason. There were far too m…

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Tyrod Taylor played well. So, too, did Sammy Watkins. As nice as that was to see over the three series the Buffalo Bills' starters played Thursday night, preseason games tell us more about the backups. We begin to learn how the coaches truly view their depth chart. We get a glimpse of who can be counted on if there's an injury. In that case, the two Bills who stoo…

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PITTSFORD - We've reached double digits in days here at St. John Fisher College, with the Buffalo Bills' preseason opener only three days away. Sean McDermott makes his in-game head-coaching debut Thursday at 7 p.m. when his team hosts the Minnesota Vikings at New Era Field. Until then, the Bills trudge away in the heat, working through offensive kinks and defensive inj…

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PITTSFORD - There are inevitable adjustments in the works from Buffalo's offensive cornerstones, Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins, each adjusting to a new offensive scheme under first-year offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and new head coach Sean McDermott. Each has their own individual challenges as well, starting with Taylor, who has vowed to make smarte…