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By Jay Skurski » 10:40 AM

With Deflategate over, the NFL world can now turn to the next chapter of suspension drama. That involves Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who has vowed to fight a four-game suspension handed down by the league for reportedly missing "multiple" drug tests. "I'm not going to miss games, trust me," he... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It's not quite the 16 years the Buffalo Bills have suffered through, but the Oakland Raiders are working on a lengthy postseason drought of their own. The Silver and Black haven't made the playoffs since 2002 – a 13-year stretch surpassed only by the Bills. But there is optimism in Oakland, even after a 7-9 season.... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Monday, July 25, 2016

It never made much financial sense for Stephon Gilmore to hold out of training camp. And now, it appears, the Buffalo Bills' cornerback won't do that. According to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson, Gilmore is planning to be at camp when the Bills report to St. John Fisher College in Pittsford on Friday. The... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Monday, July 25, 2016

Two of the Buffalo Bills' most important players are entering the final year of their respective contracts. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor and cornerback Stephon Gilmore will be unrestricted free agents after the 2016 season, barring a contract extension between now and then or the use of the franchise tag by the... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Monday, July 25, 2016

The clock is ticking for David Caldwell and Gus Bradley in Jacksonville. Entering their fourth year together, the Jaguars' general manager – a St. Francis High School product – and coach have a combined record of 12-36. "Any pressure we feel is really internally," Caldwell told USA Today earlier this offseason.... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Monday, July 25, 2016

The Buffalo Bills entered the offseason with a salary-cap crisis on their hands.That meant saying goodbye to veterans like Mario Williams, Leodis McKelvin, Boobie Dixon and Kraig Urbik. Those moves freed up enough cap space to re-sign offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito.-----RELATED: Filling Mario’s shoes... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, July 23, 2016

The News will examine 10 questions facing the Buffalo Bills leading up to the start of training camp. By Jay Skurski News Sports Reporter It’s easy to come up with reasons why the Buffalo Bills moved on from Mario Williams this season. His bloated salary was an anchor on the team’s salary cap, and his... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, July 23, 2016

It’s a coaching cliché to say that every job is up for grabs when an NFL team goes to training camp. The reality is, you could name about 40 members of the Buffalo Bills’ 53-man roster right now without much problem. That means about 50 players are going after about 13 jobs when the Bills convene at St. John Fisher... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, July 23, 2016

There’s a reason it feels like the Buffalo Bills never can catch a break when it comes to injuries.That’s because over the last seven years, they rarely have.According to research compiled by the website mangameslost.com, the Bills have had players miss 1,154 games from 2009 through 2015, the 11th-highest total in the... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, July 23, 2016

A capsule look at the Buffalo Bills’ newcomers heading into the 2016 season: Bryson Albright Position: Linebacker College: Miami Ohio Ht./wt.: 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. Experience: Rookie. College statistics: 48 games (35 starts), 180 tackles (33.5 for losses), 19 sacks. Where he came from: Undrafted... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Friday, July 22, 2016

Reason No. 1,000 to put the Pro Bowl out of its misery is what happened to Tyler Eifert. The Cincinnati Bengals' breakout star at tight end was hurt in last year's game – suffering an ankle injury that required surgery and may keep him out of this year's season opener. That would be a huge blow to a Cincinnati... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, July 21, 2016

The News will examine 10 questions facing the Buffalo Bills leading up to the start of training camp. *** The Buffalo Bills can only hope the receivers competing for jobs on their roster get as wide open as the competition among them promises to be at training camp. With the departures of Chris Hogan and Percy... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Buffalo Bills could have a need at running back. Safety Aaron Williams knows who they should call. Williams took to Twitter on Thursday, advocating for the team to re-sign veteran Fred Jackson. #BillsMafia RT if you think we should be signing @Fred22Jackson back. Fav. if it's ridiculous that it hasn't happened... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Seattle Seahawks are a team that is going to reinvent itself in 2016. With Marshawn Lynch on the roster the past few years, the Seahawks built a run-first offense that reached consecutive Super Bowls. Had they actually given Lynch the ball in the second one, they probably would have two rings to show for it. But... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Buffalo News will examine 10 questions facing the Buffalo Bills leading up to the start of training camp. The moment of truth is near for Aaron Williams. The Buffalo Bills’ safety will soon get the answer to a question that’s hovered over him for nine months. That’s about how long it’s been since Williams... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Shaq Lawson has fired back at a report that he could miss at least half of his rookie season. Appearing on WGR 550 on Wednesday morning, ESPN NFL Insider Louis Riddick was asked by host Howard Simon about the biggest questions he sees on the Bills' roster. "Well I think right off the bat on the defensive side of the... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rex Ryan infamously said last month he feels like his Buffalo Bills "won the offseason." That's a mythical crown often possessed by the Miami Dolphins. Making a big splash has been a trademark of the Dolphins, and this year has been no different. Interim coach Dan Campbell wasn't retained and Miami replaced him with... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, July 19, 2016

All In” is not exactly an accurate motto for the Buffalo Bills’ offseason. “Some In,” would be better. In the case of cornerback Stephon Gilmore, it could be “Not In.” Speaking to the media during mandatory minicamp last month, Gilmore left open the possibility of missing at least some of training camp... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sammy Watkins spent Tuesday morning on the football field, but instead of going through drills, he was overseeing them. The Buffalo Bills' receiver led the instruction of more than 200 youth football players during his third-annual camp, which is taking place Tuesday and Wednesday at Erie Community College's Jim Ball... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fortunes can change in a hurry in the NFL. With Jim Harbaugh as coach, the San Francisco 49ers returned to their lofty status as one of the league's premier teams. In his four years with the team, including playoffs, San Francisco went 49-22-1. But when Harbaugh left following the 2014 season, things went south... Read More

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