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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 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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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…

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Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane can satisfy two major objectives in this week’s NFL draft – adhere to his philosophy to select the best player available, and address one of the team’s biggest needs – by using a first-round pick on a defensive end. “It’s nice when you still fill a need,” Beane said. The Bills have 10 draft picks, including the No. 9 overal…

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The Buffalo Bills added some competition to their roster at defensive end Wednesday ahead of the NFL draft. The team announced a one-year contract with former Detroit Lion Eli Harold. A 6-foot-3-inch, 243-pounder, Harold spent the first three seasons of his pro career with the San Francisco 49ers before spending last season with the Lions. He entered the NFL as a third-…

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If you want to drive yourself crazy, here’s an exercise: Try to sort out which NFL draft prospects should be classified as defensive ends and which should be classified as linebackers. In many cases, it’s dependent on the type of defense a team uses as its base scheme – 3-4 or 4-3. As such, the classification of “EDGE” defenders has come in vogue. Simply, it’s those player…

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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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The first dominoes of the Buffalo Bills’ offseason have started to fall. The addition of offensive lineman Spencer Long follows a pattern established last year by General Manager Brandon Beane of pursuing players released by their former team ahead of the official start of free agency. The release of tight end Charles Clay also was an expected move – one that freed u…

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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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This is the next piece in a series analyzing the Bills' most significant questions entering the offseason. Part 3: What will the team do about Shaq Lawson's fifth-year option? Shaq Lawson gave Bills General Manager Brandon Beane something to think about in the Buffalo Bills’ season finale. Lawson, a former first-round draft pick, had his first career two-sack game. T…

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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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LeSean McCoy’s not ready to pack it in. Even though the playoffs are no longer a possibility, the Buffalo Bills’ running back is still eager to get on the field in the final two weeks, starting Sunday in New England. “I want to. I want to get out there and get it going a little bit,” McCoy said Thursday after practice. “I need some more yards. But no, it'll be fun to…

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As Derek Anderson’s stay in the NFL’s concussion protocol dragged on, concern grew. The Buffalo Bills’ veteran quarterback was hurt against the New England Patriots on Oct. 29, but didn’t receive medical clearance until last Friday. As days turned into weeks, it became less about Anderson being able to play again and more about him having a healthy life outside of footb…