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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

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 22, 2016

With future Hall of Fame passers Tom Brady and Peyton Manning renewing their epic rivalry Sunday for the AFC title, here are my top five quarterback rivalries in NFL history. Not every great quarterback had an obviously notable nemesis. And while some quarterbacks might be known for more multiple rivalries (e.g. Terry... Read More

By Tim Graham » Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fourteen hours after the Bills announced Kathryn Smith had become the NFL’s first female full-time coach, another historical notice hit my inbox.The Dolphins proclaimed they’d be the first NFL franchise to stage multiple international cheerleader auditions.Smith and the Bills busted through a barrier, but... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Buffalo Bills won their finale and avoided a losing record and take feel-good momentum into the offseason and finished on a strong note and blah, blah, blah. I’m not much for warm and fuzzies over an 8-8 organization that missed the playoffs a 16th straight season, but one Bills unit that should be proud of its... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Buffalo Bills swept the New York Jets with Sunday's 22-17 victory in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Already having swept the Miami Dolphins, the Bills finished with a 4-2 record in the AFC East. So the Bills have that going for them, which is nice. They also played the AFC South and NFC East, the league's slapstick... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, January 2, 2016

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. − They’ve diverted their emotions into proper compartments.So they say, at least.Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chan Gailey will return Sunday to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first time. Three years have passed since Fitzpatrick threw his last pass and Gailey coached his last game for the Buffalo... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sunday’s inaugural Bethlehem Steel Bowl Presented by Wilson Farms was everything we imagined it would be.The regular-season exhibition between the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium was a leaden exercise, borderline pleasureless from start to finish.As you’d expect from a couple of teams... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sunday's game in Ralph Wilson Stadium was a chore. The Buffalo Bills defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 16-6, in a constant rain and with temperatures barely above freezing. There were no playoff implications. Each team had been mathematically eliminated. *Yawn* Buffalo's lone Pro Bowler, running back LeSean McCoy,... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 20, 2015

The value of any statistic aside from the final numbers on the scoreboard can be debated.Time of possession? Not nearly as important in a pass-oriented NFL.Total yards? Eh, teams with a lead might sit on the ball while the trailing team slings it around the field.Turnover margin? A more critical stat than most, but not a... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dysentery couldn't have run through the Buffalo Bills any faster than Washington did. Bills defensive end Mario Williams stayed home sick earlier in the week and missed prep time. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning there were some at One Bills Drive who didn't believe Williams truly was ill, that... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, December 19, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. – Three hundred and sixty-five nights ago, Chad Kelly couldn’t get any lower. He lay alone on the cold floor of his jail cell in Buffalo City Court’s basement. The pepper spray made his eyes water, but he bawled from the emotion of what had happened. At that moment, Kelly figured he’d wrecked... Read More

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