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PITTSFORD – There are milestones at every training camp. Saturday was one of those days at St. John Fisher College, as the Buffalo Bills practiced in pads for the first time in the 2018 season. “It brings back good memories,” center Ryan Groy said. “Every late July, you bring out the pads and it’s real football. It’s time to go.” Throughout the spring and for the …

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Had the Buffalo Bills been shut out of the quarterback shuffle in the first round of the NFL Draft, Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds figured to be a consideration with the 12th overall pick. Instead, the Bills got both – taking Wyoming’s Josh Allen at No. 7 and then moving up again in the first round to select Edmunds 16th overall. Just like that, the team had …

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Once the Buffalo Bills finalize contracts with their 12 undrafted free agents, the team will have its 90-man roster set. That's not to say there won't be changes before September. June 1 is a key date for potential cuts around the league, and the Bills will surely have an eye on any players who hit the open market who could help. After figuring in contracts for their dr…

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The Bills' six-member rookie class has been lauded for the contributions the group made to the Bills' season, but the numbers show just how involved they were. The Bills were fifth in the NFL in snaps taken by rookies with 3,448, according to Pro Football Focus. Three of the top five were playoff teams – the Bills, Jaguars and Saints. The other two were among the league…

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It’s a good thing Kyle Williams didn’t hear Zay Jones this week. If he did, the Buffalo Bills’ veteran defensive tackle’s red beard probably would have turned gray. “Yeah, man, I've never missed the playoffs!” Jones, the Bills’ rookie receiver, said with a smile at his locker. His comment wasn’t meant to minimize the 17-year playoff drought that fans have endured …

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 11 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. • After Kelvin Benjamin got hurt on the fourth play of the game, Brandon Tate saw a big increase at wide receiver. Tate played a season-high 47 snaps, accounting for more than half of his season total (99) to date. • Fullback Patrick…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. • It didn't take wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin long to get up to speed on the Bills' offense. He led his position group with 41 snaps. Deonte Thompson getting more snaps than Jordan Matthews (39 to 36) was interesting, while Andre Holmes …

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 9 loss to the New York Jets. • With wide receiver Zay Jones hobbled by a knee injury that limited him to 40 snaps, veteran Jordan Matthews was the workhorse at the position, taking 71 of 75 snaps. • LeSean McCoy played 55 snaps, but got just 12 touches as the Bills fell…

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Jordan Matthews found himself getting anxious. The Buffalo Bills' No. 1 receiver sat out the entire preseason with a chip fracture in his sternum. Then the first half of Sunday's season opener against the New York Jets came and went at New Era Field with Matthews making just one catch for 14 yards. "It definitely took me a while just to be able to get back into it," …

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The Buffalo Bills’ playoff drought has nothing to do with new General Manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott. They have not been a part of 17 straight years of failure. Don’t tell that to McDermott, though. “I’m a part of that. When I signed my name to the dotted line, I became a part of that 17-year time period,” he said this summer. “I’m invested.” …

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John Miller and Jordan Mills have each withstood challenges this summer to remain the Buffalo Bills' starters at right guard and right tackle, respectively. Coach Sean McDermott said Monday that both would be in the starting lineup for Sunday's regular-season opener against the New York Jets. Miller, who had been the No. 1 right guard since the Bills made him a third…

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Cordy Glenn and Jordan Matthews are getting closer, but they're not there yet. Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said the team will bring Glenn and Matthews along for their trip to Baltimore on Saturday for the third preseason game, but neither is expected to play against the Ravens. "Jordan Matthews as well as Cordy Glenn, both of which are progressing well, they w…

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"Slow your roll," some readers said. "Way too early," others claimed. "Give 'em time, for cryin' outs," I heard. My takeaway from the Buffalo Bills' preseason opener last week was their disconcerting penalty total. They committed 13 penalties. The Minnesota Vikings accepted 10 of them for 106 yards. All those flags irked Bills coach Sean McDermott, but many fan…