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By Tim Graham » Saturday, September 24, 2016

No player reaches his 13th NFL season without being asked about retirement, if next year will be his last, how much more he has to give or whether there's anything left to prove. Whispers took only until opening night to resurface for Larry Fitzgerald, a seemingly eternal sun the Arizona Cardinals have revolved around... Read More

By Tim Graham » Friday, September 16, 2016

The Buffalo Bills produced one of the ugliest opening-day offensive performances in club history Sunday. Four days later, the Bills' defense suffered one of their worst tramplings at home. The New York Jets won, 37-31, at New Era Field on Thursday night. They piled up 493 yards. A visitor had scored at least than... Read More

By Tim Graham » Thursday, September 15, 2016

Unless you're a Buffalo Bills fan, Thursday night's game was entertaining to watch. But most of my readers happen to be Bills fans. Thoughts and prayers. The teams traded big plays throughout, but the New York Jets took command late in the third quarter to win, 37-31, at New Era Field. The Bills overcame a... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, September 11, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 NFL season, where the Buffalo Bills started so feebly you must backtrack 37 years to find the only opening day with worse offensive stats in club history. Blerg. The Baltimore Ravens' defense allowed 359 yards a game last year, third-worst in the NFL. On Sunday, they looked like the all-time unit... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Baltimore Ravens were not fantabulous Sunday. They were flawed, beatable. The Buffalo Bills couldn't figure out how to win. Buffalo's patched-up defense was considered vulnerable, with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus suspended, safety Aaron Williams still unable to open the throttle and substantial... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, September 3, 2016

FORT MYERS, Fla. − Sammy Watkins’ parents stood in the middle of Barker Boulevard and bickered the way a couple might quibble whether that’s the same actress from that thing they saw on TV that one time. "Right here is where Willie Fletcher was shot and murdered," Nicole McMiller said, pointing to a spot near a... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, September 3, 2016

There’s a sports Hall of Fame void, a forsaken sanctity, a hallowed hollowness.Every time I visit a Hall of Fame – recently making my annual pilgrimage to Canton for induction weekend and taking an overnight trip to Cooperstown – I’m reminded of an injustice.Bo Jackson, the greatest all-around athlete since Jim... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, September 3, 2016

NAPA, Calif. – Khalil Mack wanted nothing to do with this story.He refused to be interviewed for it.Sandy Mack, his father, at first liked the idea of meeting me down in Fort Pierce, Fla., where Khalil is from. Then Sandy stopped returning text messages and voicemails.Khalil Mack gave the impression he’d rather shower... Read More

By Tim Graham » Thursday, September 1, 2016

Read Tim Graham's longform story on Bjorn Nittmo... Read More

By Tim Graham » Thursday, September 1, 2016

Bjorn Nittmo broke his children's hearts by returning my phone message. That's when I knew there was a fascinating story to tell about a fleeting phenomenon from nearly 30 years ago. The more I learned about Nittmo, the more fascinating his story became. The result is a feature on Nittmo and how mental issues have... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, August 27, 2016

To protest how African- Americans are treated, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem before Friday’s preseason game. Folks got angry.Paratroopers drop into football stadiums, including in Orchard Park, with American flags festooned to their bodies and drrrrrrrrrrrrag them across the... Read More

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rex Ryan is facing an avalanche of criticism from media and fans over the Bills’ tempestuous summer.Outsiders wonder whether Rex’s culture lends itself to increased bad-boyishness.The problem is Rex’s players, most of them acquired and some of them lavished with contract extensions before his arrival, haven’t had... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, August 20, 2016

Although the rest of us have been saturated by the chaos, Kroy Biermann hasn’t been with the Buffalo Bills long enough to absorb it all. To ask Biermann about the drama would be unfair, which is a shame. He’s experienced the grand theater produced by the entertainment industry, and the NFL churns out some of the... Read More

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson was arrested in 2014 for disorderly conduct/domestic violence in Scottsdale, Ariz., public records show. Lawson on Wednesday had denied a Buffalo News report he was facing a possible one-game suspension. A third source came forward Wednesday to confirm what two sources... Read More

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I wonder what Kyle Williams has been thinking the past 24 hours.Williams is entering his 11th NFL season, each one ending without the playoffs. He turned 33 in June and has surgery scars galore. He has worked hard and overcome grueling obstacles because that’s what a fifth-round draft pick must do to become a four-time... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, August 14, 2016

If you didn’t go to Saturday’s exhibition between the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills or watch it on TV, then why the flip do you want to read this?You don’t.Trust me.The Colts’ 19-18 victory over the Bills in Orchard Park was dismal even by preseason standards.Many of the top players didn’t dress. Bills... Read More

By Tim Graham , Vic Carucci » Friday, August 12, 2016

The Buffalo Bills announced Friday they have signed quarterback Tyrod Taylor to a contract extension. The agreement was first reported by The Buffalo News' Tim Graham. The Bills didn't reveal terms, but The News learned from multiple sources that it covers six years and worth approximately $90 million. The value... Read More

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Stephon Gilmore declared Tuesday he’s willing to hold out from training camp over contract concerns.Hall of Famer and Bills employee Jim Kelly says Rex Ryan knows the Bills have to make the playoffs or the coach will get fired.Rex says Kelly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.Karlos Williams is overweight and... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, June 12, 2016

For two reasons, people don’t like to talk about this.1) Those in the industry would rather take an Aaron Rodgers pass in the windpipe than surrender their secrets.2) Most who aren’t privy would have trouble understanding the convoluted concepts anyway.The world of football analytics is fascinating for those who... Read More

By Tim Graham » Thursday, June 2, 2016

The 500-day marker passed this week for the NFL’s deflated-footballs fiasco, a saga based on an erroneous report, a flawed investigation and a commissioner drunk on power.The Bisons made headlines with a “Keep Tom Brady Suspended Night” to counter Pawtucket’s plans to host “Free Brady Friday.”Bills fans surely... Read More

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