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By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Welcome to the only offseason in the NFL. This six-week stretch between the end of spring practices and the start of training camps in late July is the dead period on the league calendar. In addition to allowing the Ryan brothers time to tandem bicycle through Delaware Park, it also provides a much-needed breather... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, June 5, 2016

One of the under-the-radar questions facing the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2016 season is who will return kicks and punts for the team.Of the eight players who did that more than once last year, six of them are no longer with the team. Percy Harvin retired. Leodis McKelvin was cut, as were Marcus Thigpen, Boobie Dixon,... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, June 5, 2016

One of the under-the-radar questions facing the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2016 season is who will return kicks and punts for the team. Of the eight players who did that more than once last year, six of them are no longer with the team. Percy Harvin retired. Leodis McKelvin was cut, as were Marcus Thigpen, Boobie... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, June 5, 2016

1. Stephon Gilmore's continued absence from spring practices has created a huge opportunity for sixth-round draft pick Kevon Seymour. Based on coach Rex Ryan's comments, the Southern California product is making the most of it. "He has already elevated, kind of like what we saw immediately with Ronald Darby," Ryan said... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, June 4, 2016

1. Since joining the Buffalo Bills in a trade last year, LeSean McCoy has made more headlines for things he's done off the field than what he did during games. McCoy's first season in Buffalo was acceptable – 12 games, 1,192 yards from scrimmage, five touchdowns – but his Pro Bowl selection felt like it was awarded... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Friday, June 3, 2016

Reggie McKenzie had a simple message when speaking on behalf of the 2016 Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame class Thursday.“People often ask me, ‘would you do it again?’ I’m sure each one of these guys ... would say the same thing. I’d go even harder,” McKenzie said. “It was fun! Everybody here did what they... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dan Carpenter has never been one to mince words. So it’s no surprise that the Buffalo Bills’ kicker didn’t have some deep, introspective explanation Wednesday for what was likely the strangest season of his eight-year career in 2015. “It’s black and white. You either make it through the yellow things or you... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ralph Wilson's support for the Pro Football Hall of Fame has continued since the founding owner of the Buffalo Bills died in 2014. The latest example of that will open in mid-July, when "A Game for Life" makes its debut. A theater experience two years in the making, "A Game for Life" is described by the Hall as a... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, June 1, 2016

1. After reading the most recent interview Rex Ryan and his brother, Rob, gave to Sports Illustrated's Jenny Vrentas, it's hard not to come away shaking your head. They are like the real-life versions of Eastbound and Down's Kenny Powers. Understandably, that doesn't sit well with all Bills fans -- some of whom would... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, May 26, 2016

The latest talking point for Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan centers on communication. Namely, how much better it will be in 2016. “I think we are a zillion miles ahead of where we were last year,” Ryan said this week, serving up a healthy dose of hyperbole. “That goes without saying, especially in the... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, May 26, 2016

1. Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan should be applauded for the way he's handling Marquise Goodwin's decision to be away from the team while he pursues a spot on the U.S. Track and Field team for the upcoming Olympic games in Brazil. "My understanding is he has the number one jump in the world, I think, at this point," Ryan... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rex Ryan went into full-spin mode Tuesday in explaining why the Buffalo Bills decided to have first-round draft choice Shaq Lawson undergo shoulder surgery last week.“We knew this was a possibility,” the Buffalo Bills’ coach said. “When we came together, we are like, ‘what is the best thing for this young man and... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It's five down, two to go for the Buffalo Bills in regards to signing draft picks. The team reached an agreement with second-round linebacker Reggie Ragland on Tuesday. The Alabama product was taken with the 41st overall selection, which the Bills traded up for by sending the No. 49 pick and two fourth-round draft... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Buffalo Bills' right tackle competition came into a clearer focus Tuesday during the team's second spring practice. Seantrel Henderson, who started the 2015 season as the starter at that position, was not present. Jordan Mills got first-team reps Tuesday, ahead of 2014 second-round draft pick Cyrus... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Buffalo Bills' unveiled their hilariously restrictive new media policy Tuesday morning. Timing being everything that it is, the team showed its keen sense of the moment – rolling it out just hours before reporters were to attend the second spring practice. In true #OneBuffalo spirit, that rivals the Sabres... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Monday, May 23, 2016

The Buffalo Bills' offseason program kicks into another gear Monday morning when the team holds its first of 10 "organized team activities." Although the sessions are voluntary, attendance at such spring practices is usually very good. The Bills, however, might be without one of their elite defensive players if... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Buffalo Bills have yet to hold even their first "organized team activity" of the spring. But with the draft now completed, the vast majority of players who will make up the 53-man roster are now on the team. The Bills can take 90 players to training camp, and currently have 89 on their roster. It's fairly easy to... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, May 14, 2016

Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito will forever be linked. As the central figures of the 2013 bullying scandal that rocked the Miami Dolphins – Martin the abused and Incognito one of the main abusers – their careers have gone in vastly different directions. Martin has washed out of professional football, retiring... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, May 14, 2016

1. The general feeling I get from Bills fans is that the team succeeded in finding players in the draft who will contribute immediately. In particular, Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland should step right into the starting lineup from Day One. But overall, does that mean the Bills have improved? ESPN's John Clayton does not... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Buffalo Bills started the process of signing their draft picks Wednesday, announcing a deal with cornerback Kevon Seymour. The Southern California product becomes the first of Buffalo's seven draft picks to sign a contract. Seymour, a 6-foot-0, 185-pounder, is a native of Pasadena, Calif. During four seasons with... Read More

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