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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

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Buffalo Bills never reissued four jerseys since last worn. Jim Kelly's No. 12 is retired. Bruce Smith's No. 78 will be honored at the home opener. Thurman Thomas' No. 34 should be retired next year. Three proper. Three righteous. The other jersey will not be retired. For that reason and some others, isn't... Read More

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Nobody ever again will wear Bruce Smith's No. 78 for the Buffalo Bills. While that honor was understood since Smith's last Bills game 17 years ago, the Bills officially will retire his jersey at their Sept. 15 home opener against the New York Jets. The Bills will announce plans for the event this morning. The... Read More

By Tim Graham » Monday, May 2, 2016

For a couple days, he had no name. Then he was given one of the biggest. In 1994, there was only one Shaquille, a mastodon of a man, a pop-culture phenomenon and one of the world's most dominant athletes. Lawrence Lawson, a former college basketball player, marveled at how long his newborn son was and eventually... Read More

By Tim Graham » Friday, April 29, 2016

With the fallout at Ole Miss, maybe Laremy Tunsil can leave behind that gas mask. In the days leading up to the NFL draft, we wondered if quarterback Chad Kelly had any regrets about returning for his senior season. Quarterbacks almost certainly were to be taken first and second overall. Draft analysts hyped others from... Read More

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Chad Kelly made a prudent decision, returning to Ole Miss for his senior season.But with the escalating first-round buzz around this year’s quarterback draft class, considered weak when the college season ended, the St. Joe’s grad might’ve heard his name announced Thursday night.Cal quarterback Jared Goff and North... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, April 9, 2016

When I covered the AFC East for ESPN, one of the top storylines involved how much players with the Ravens and Jets adored Rex Ryan and how those who didn’t play for him craved the chance.Bills players haven’t expressed similar sentiments. Wide receiver Percy Harvin, a Ryan loyalist from their days with the Jets,... Read More

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 25, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell will be a first-round draft pick in a couple months. Chad Kelly played a significant role. Kelly and Treadwell were one of college's deadliest combos last season. Kelly set 17 records and was Sugar Bowl MVP. Treadwell set 15 records. Treadwell is leaving... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, February 20, 2016

Scott Norwood stayed away from football after the Buffalo Bills cut him 24 years ago. Despite his absence, he maintains a powerful presence among the kicking fraternity. "I've never met Scott," 14-year kicker Jay Feely said, "but I think about him a lot." Norwood's unsuccessful kick at the end of Super Bowl 25 is... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, February 20, 2016

Even after his foot has struck the ball, a kicker must keep his head down. Regardless of the field goal’s length, his follow-through technique is crucial. Before the snap, his eyes have to remain fixed on the spot. His head should be occupied by basic thoughts to avoid distraction. Then trained on that spot. Nothing... Read More

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 4, 2016

The NFL’s Rooney Rule has been so effective, the league probably doesn’t need it for minority coaches anymore. Proposed by Steelers owner Dan Rooney, the NFL in 2003 required all teams to interview at least one minority for every head coach or GM vacancy. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday the... Read More

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