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By Mark Gaughan » 7:43 AM

The Buffalo Bills released the following statement this morning from defensive tackle Marcell Dareus: “After dealing with a personal matter in Alabama, I am excited to return to training camp to rejoin my teammates in our preparations for the 2014 season.  Right now, my focus is on earning the trust… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Buffalo Bills announced today they have named Siriki Diabate, Chris McAlister and Myles Russ as the 2014 Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship participants. Diabate, McAlister and Russ will assist the Bills’ coaching staff during training camp at St. John Fisher College. Diabete, a Syracuse University graduate, was a 2012… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Bills signed linebacker Xavius Boyd today. Boyd, 6-foot-2 and 243 pounds, replaces Darrin Kitchens on the roster. Kitchens was released with a waived/injured designation after suffering a left-leg injury during a special-teams drill Monday. Boyd, 23 and a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., previously was an undrafted free agent signing… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PITTSFORD — If 2013 sixth-round draft pick Dustin Hopkins is to stick with the Buffalo Bills this season, it will be as a kickoff specialist only. That was the word from coach Doug Marrone after the team finished up its third practice of training camp this morning at St. John… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PITTSFORD — The frustration was evident in Doug Marrone this morning after the Buffalo Bills went through their first padded practice of training camp at St. John Fisher College. Normally one to fill a reporter’s notebook, most of the coach’s responses were limited to a sentence or two, including the… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PITTSFORD — Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said cornerback Brandon Smith and linebacker Darrin Kitchens are both expected to miss some practice time after suffering lower-body injuries during practice Monday. Kitchens was hurt during a special-teams drill, while Smith went down after colliding with safety Derek Brim on a play… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As far as leaders go, Kyle Williams and Mario Williams are as opposite as they come. But the Buffalo Bills’ defensive linemen have one thing in common in that they’ve both spoken publicly about their belief in troubled teammate Marcell Dareus. Kyle Williams did so during spring practice, and Mario… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, July 21, 2014

PITTSFORD — With an extended training camp and five preseason games, injuries will continually be a topic to monitor for the Buffalo Bills. On Monday, rookie receiver Sammy Watkins escaped a serious one when he was poked in the eye. But he wasn’t the only player to go down for… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, July 21, 2014

PITTSFORD — Come in off that ledge, Bills fans. Electrifying rookie receiver Sammy Watkins is just fine. Watkins, the early star of training camp at St. John Fisher College, took the collective breath away from fans at this afternoon’s practice after making a circus catch of a tipped ball between… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, July 21, 2014

PITTSFORD — In the latest twist of the Marcell Dareus soap opera, Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed today the defensive tackle is currently excused from training camp at St. John Fisher College for “personal reasons.” “All the players reported to camp. At the present time I’ve excused Marcell. He’s… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, July 21, 2014

PITTSFORD — A familiar face is back with his hometown team as the Buffalo Bills re-signed wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt this afternoon. Roosevelt, 26, most recently was a member of the Detroit Lions. He was released Friday, freeing him up to rejoin the team he started his NFL career with…. Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, July 21, 2014

Marquise Goodwin took to Twitter on Sunday night to clear up why he left the Buffalo Bills’ first training camp practice. No I was not hurt the first day of camp. Sickle Cell and athsma beat me today! For those who assumed… ✊ — MARQUISE GOODWIN (@flashgoodwin) July 21, 2014… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, July 20, 2014

PITTSFORD – There was no doubt who the biggest fan favorite was on the opening night of training camp at St. John Fisher College. Rookie first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins drew by far the biggest cheers from the crowd of more than 4,000 at Growney Stadium. “I came from a… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, July 19, 2014

Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin will be on the field for the opening of training camp Sunday, but the team has decided defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is not ready to participate. The Bills announced Saturday that McKelvin was added to the active roster from the physically unable to perform list…. Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bills veteran receiver Mike Williams, acquired in the offseason trade with Tampa Bay, said he is fully healthy to start training camp. Williams sat out the later stages of spring practices to rest a hamstring that had undergone surgery last year. He landed on the injured reserve list in Week… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Buffalo Bills signed two players from their spring tryout session to the active roster today. Wide receiver Tori Gurley and defensive back Kamaal McIlwan joined the team for the start of training camp. Gurley has spent time with six different teams since entering the NFL as an undrafted free… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, July 18, 2014

Bills General Manager Doug Whaley says the team is at a point in its development that it should be able to overcome the loss of starting linebacker Kiko Alonso. “We feel that we have a roster that we’re building – with some cornerstone pieces – that we believe can consistently compete… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, July 18, 2014

Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said today second-year quarterback EJ Manuel needs to take a step forward. But Whaley is confident enough in the Bills’ roster that he thinks Manuel will get plenty of help in having a successful season. Whaley on EJ: “I believe he’s got to take a… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bills Hall-of-Fame coach Marv Levy will get his third shot at making the presenting speech for a Hall of Famer when Andre Reed is inducted into the Canton shrine on Aug. 2. Levy previously served as the presenter for Thurman Thomas in 2007 and Jim Kelly in 2002. These days,… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tickets still are available for the enshrinement ceremony in which Buffalo Bills great Andre Reed will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The event is 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Fawcett Stadium, which is located next to the hall of fame in Canton, Ohio. Tickets also still are… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Buffalo Bills announced the signing of linebacker Stevenson Sylvester today and released tight end Mike Caussin. Sylvester adds to the depth at linebacker, where the Bills have lost starter Kiko Alonso for the season to a knee injury. Alonso, who the Bills reported was injured working out in Oregon, was placed… Read more

By Keith McShea » Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Buffalo Bills are the first team in the National Football League to begin training camp, and they’re first on another list as well. ESPN will kick off its training camp coverage with a visit to the Bills camp at St. John Fisher College on Monday. Lackawanna native Ron Jaworski… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Buffalo Bills rookies and first-year players will report to One Bills Drive today, while the majority of the players – the veterans – will start arriving to training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford on Friday. The actual reporting date for veterans is Saturday. The team’s first practice… Read more

By Keith McShea » Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Here’s a rundown of this week’s 2014 Buffalo Bills training camp preview by The Buffalo News and BN Blitz: Sunday: Cover story by Tim Graham: Bills under a high-pressure system Jerry Sullivan’s column: Polian counsels patience with EJ Manuel Offense preview by Mark Gaughan: Bills seeking more offensive productivity Training… Read more

Monday, July 14, 2014

Training camp practice schedule & key dates Sunday, July 20: 6 p.m. (first practice) Monday, July 21: 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 22: 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 23: 8 a.m. Friday, July 25: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26: 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27: 2 p.m. Monday, July 28: 8 a.m. Wednesday,… Read more

By Keith McShea » Friday, July 11, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have announced ticket information for night practices for its training camp, which begins next week at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford. Tickets are complimentary but are required for entry to night practices, which begin at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available, while supplies last, via the following… Read more

By Keith McShea » Thursday, July 10, 2014

Justin Timberlake certainly knows his sports, and knows his audience. During the second half of his concert Wednesday night at First Niagara Center (photo gallery | review), he made his way to a bar on the floor, and raised a shot glass. “We’re going to do this one for Ralph Wilson.” Wilson, the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Three years ago, prominent bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach expressed interest in purchasing the Buffalo Bills to ensure they remain in Western New York. But then the Amherst High grad went through an ugly courtroom divorce with his previous employer and testified he was worth $90 million, not nearly enough to… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, July 7, 2014

One of the favorite parts of my job is when an interview takes an unexpected turn that makes me think about the game in a different way or leads to questions I hadn’t pondered before. That happened during a recent conversation I had with University of Georgia coach Mark Richt… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Buffalo Bills sales process has taken a major step. The Bills’ financial advisers, Morgan Stanley, began granting online access to the team’s detailed financial information, multiple sources have informed The Buffalo News. Prospective bidders started receiving online access to the Bills’ offering memorandum Wednesday. Part of the memorandum is… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Buffalo Bills are coming to grips with the news Kiko Alonso’s season is over before it began. So who is the next man up at weak-side linebacker? The obvious candidates for fans to consider are newcomer Keith Rivers and Nigel Bradham, the third-year pro who started two of the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Terry and Kim Pegula have hired a powerful sports broker to handle their interest in the Buffalo Bills. The Buffalo News has confirmed Steve Greenberg, managing director of elite investment bank Allen & Company, is representing the Pegulas as they investigate becoming NFL owners. Greenberg’s presence is the biggest sign… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have acknowledged Kiko Alonso’s 2014 campaign probably has been wiped out. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley released this afternoon a statement that confirms Alonso’s knee injury likely will sideline him all year. “Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will most likely miss… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kiko Alonso is human. The linebacker, whose rousing rookie performances inspired the Legend of Kiko movement among Buffalo Bills fans last year, is hurt. Apparently it’s bad. The Bills announced they are gathering information about a potentially serious knee injury suffered while training on his own. ESPN reported Alonso tore… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, June 27, 2014

So you hate Bill Belichick. OK. You have your reasons. But what if he gave your kids a bunch of money? Belichick, the hooded golem from the evil New England Patriots, wants to help financially stressed athletes and organizations. Even in Western New York. The Bill Belichick Foundation recently launched… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, June 23, 2014

The Buffalo Fan Alliance, the group aiming to raise a significant amount of money from fans to help keep the Bills in Western New York, has named two fans to its advisory board. The additions, made in conjunction with the BillsMafia.com website, bring to 20 the number of members of… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, June 20, 2014

The Buffalo Bills’ individual-game tickets will go on sale June 26 and June 27, the team announced. The June 26 sale date is for on-line sales and will begin at 9 a.m. The online presale is available to Bills email subscribers, who will be sent an online promotional code which… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, June 20, 2014

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi was seen having lunch Thursday in New York City with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the New York Post reported today. Bon Jovi is aligned with Toronto investors and is expected to be part of a bid for the Buffalo Bills. He is well-connected in the NFL,… Read more

Friday, June 20, 2014

NFL.com has featured the video of Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, in the midst of his battle with cancer, making an inspirational speech to the current Buffalo Bills on the team’s final day of minicamp Thursday. The Bills have posted a transcript of the 2-minute address on their website. The… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, June 19, 2014

with News Albany bureau reporter Tom Precious The Buffalo Bills haven’t hit the market yet. They’re getting closer, though. Multiple sources have informed The Buffalo News the legal and financial advisers representing the Bills have begun distributing nondisclosure agreements and teaser documents to potential bidders for their review. These materials… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jim Kelly’s emotional speech to the Bills before the final practice of minicamp today proved to be extra special for Buffalo native Mike Williams. “That brought a tear to my eye. That’s a legend right there,” Williams said. “I kept saying that every time he said a word, ‘that’s a… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, June 19, 2014

Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly got the team’s final spring practice off to a stirring start today by addressing the players for about about two minutes before the start of the workout. “Let’s start playing games in January, and it all starts right here in minicamp,” the Hall-of-Fame quarterback said…. Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bills head coach Doug Marrone brought more hands on deck on the offensive coaching staff this year. Jim Hostler, receivers coach in Baltimore the last six years, was hired as senior offensive assistant. Todd Downing, quarterbacks coach in Detroit the previous four years, was hired to coach quarterbacks with the Bills…. Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Manny Lawson’s role with the Buffalo Bills is less complicated this year. He hopes it will not be less significant. The ninth-year NFL veteran is switching from 3-4 outside linebacker to 4-3 defensive end in the scheme of new Bills coordinator Jim Schwartz. It’s a position Lawson played exclusively in… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Buffalo Bills today announced a sponsorship deal to name the team’s field house and administration building the ADPRO Sports Training Center. The naming rights are part of an increased partnership with the company, which has had a long-time business relationship with the Bills. ADPRO Sports is a Buffalo-based company that… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, June 16, 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers last week signed Maurkice Pouncey to a contract making him the highest paid center in the NFL. Pouncey’s deal is worth an average of $8.77 million a year. Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood last September signed a contract extension worth $6.35 million a year. Could Wood have… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, June 12, 2014

with News Sports Reporter John Vogl In addition to selling off lucrative assets, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has been busy reorganizing his business holdings and subsidiaries. Many believe these moves are further evidence the billionaire will make a run at buying the Buffalo Bills. Sources have told The Buffalo… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fewer things are more certain around here than Buffalo Bills fans not wanting their team owned by a New Jersey rocker with Toronto ties. What about the owner of Pabst Blue Ribbon, the same guy who recently resurrected the Twinkie? Hello, dreamboat. C. Dean Metropoulos, the food and beverage magnate… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, June 11, 2014

We still don’t know if Terry Pegula is interested in buying the Buffalo Bills. But any doubts about Pegula having the wherewithal to pull it off probably evaporated Monday. Pegula’s liquidity is flowing strong after his East Resources Inc. and at least one other undisclosed company sold 75,000 acres of… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Don’t expect any mundane updates from Buffalo Bills spring practice today on how the team is looking while working out in shirts and shorts in simulated football work that isn’t really football. Coach Doug Marrone cancelled the on-field practice session in order to have his 85-or-so players on hand take part… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Bills announced the dates and times of their joint practice sessions with the Pittsburgh Steelers in August. The two teams will practice together at the Steelers’ training camp in Latrobe, Pa., from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14. The two teams will meet… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, June 9, 2014

Buffalo Bills Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly was released from Erie County Medical Center today and returned to his home. The release comes 10 days after Kelly’s final radiation treatment in his battle against cancer. Kelly, 54, underwent a six-week regiment of both chemotherapy and radiation treatments to counter the cancer in… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, June 6, 2014

A pro basketball team is being sold for $2 billion. That must mean the Buffalo Bills of the almighty NFL are worth at least $4 kajillion, right? Not at all. In fact, the Los Angeles Clippers’ eye-bulging sale price shouldn’t impact the Bills one bit. NFL and NBA economics aren’t… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tom Golisano declared his preference to purchase the Buffalo Bills and keep them in Western New York. Though not at any cost. Golisano, speaking today at Bishop Kearney High in Irondequoit, also said the Buffalo Sabres were a bigger threat to leave the area when he bought them in 2003… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, June 4, 2014

As reported Tuesday by The Buffalo News, Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was at the scene of a crash last week involving teammate Marcell Dareus that Hamburg police say was the result of street racing. Hughes confirmed as much to reporters today following the team’s spring practice, but offered… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Buffalo Bills will open training camp practices on July 20 at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, the team announced today. The start of camp is eight days earlier than last year, due to the fact the team is playing an extra exhibition game. The Bills will face… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BATAVIA — Howard Schnellenberger leaned back in the sun at Terry Hills Golf Club, rolled a cigar in his fingers and recalled the time he named Jim Kelly the Miami Hurricanes’ starting quarterback. They were staggering along at 3-4 in 1979, unable to win consecutive games. They lost to Division… Read more

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A YouTube video posted by user “Bumbera’s Performance” was found with the following description: “Buffalo Bills #55 Linebacker, Jerry Hughes’ 2010 Camaro SS was finished and ready to tear up the streets! ENJOY!” Earlier today, sources told The News that police were investigating the Bills’ Hughes as the second driver… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, June 2, 2014

So what should the Buffalo Bills do with defensive tackle Marcell Dareus? He’s a great player. His peers voted him 62nd for the NFL Network’s “The Top 100 Players of 2014″ list. He also has become a seemingly incurable headache. Buffalo News reporter James Staas broke the story this afternoon… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, June 2, 2014

BATAVIA — Dan Marino had a smile on his face. He was about to sign some autographs, see some old friends and play some golf. Heck, he even was happy to talk to a reporter while signing. So what was it like to visit Jim Kelly in the hospital Sunday?… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, June 2, 2014

BATAVIA – Jim Kelly’s friends showed up at Terry Hills Country Club Monday motivated to honor his commitment to charity, even though the Hall-of-Fame quarterback remained in the hospital battling cancer. “Everybody is here to not only aid his charity endeavors but to show their support from him and their… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, June 2, 2014

BATAVIA — Ed Rutkowski laughed when asked if he could drop some names. “Nope,” he replied. Rutkowski has a unique perspective on the Buffalo Bills. He’s a former player and Erie County executive. Parties that will determine the team’s long-term future in Western New York have come to him for… Read more

Monday, June 2, 2014

The month of May was filled with developments on the Bills’ ownership front. Here is a recap with a look at some of the latest information to arise: Photo galleries: Potential owners of the Bills Possible spots for a new Bills stadium Cities in the market for an NFL team… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, June 1, 2014

Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly was not able to attend the charity reception for his 28th annual celebrity golf tournament Sunday night because he was recovering from chemotherapy and radiation treatments that just ended this week. Kelly’s brother said the Hall of Fame quarterback, battling cancer at Erie County Medical… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Buffalo Bills announced the signing of second-round draft pick Cyrus Kouandjio, the big tackle from the University of Alabama. The deal is for four years and is believed to be worth about $4.8 million. Kouandjio was the 44th overall pick in the draft. He will get a signing bonus… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, May 29, 2014

LA CRESCENTA, Calif. — Leo Lesh is from Corning, but he has been a sports-bar owner in the Los Angeles area long enough to express a native’s conflicted feelings about the NFL. In one breath, Lesh can’t fathom how the nation’s second-largest market doesn’t have an NFL team. In the… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Buffalo Bills’ season-ticket sales have crossed the 44,000 mark and already are at their highest point since the 2009 season, Bills President and Chief Executive Officer Russ Brandon reports. The Bills sold 42,540 season tickets last season, which was a drop of almost 2 percent from the previous year…. Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 29, 2014

C.J. Spiller bleeds orange, purple and white as much as he does the Buffalo Bills’ blue, red and white, so it’s no surprise he loved the trade that brought Clemson receiver Sammy White to town in exchange for a 2015 No. 1 draft choice. Spiller was a senior at Clemson… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 29, 2014

The need to get rookies to produce in the NFL never has been a bigger priority. Bills tackle Cyrus Kouandjio took some snaps with the first team in Wednesday’s spring practice. Here’s Bills coach Doug Marrone on his philosophy of playing rookies: “I’m always big on it. I tell this… Read more

By S.J. Velasquez » Wednesday, May 28, 2014

About a week after Jim Kelly wrapped up chemotherapy treatment, his wife announced he is now finished with radiation. Jim Kelly was greeted by supporters upon exiting the hospital. The moment was documented on a video that was uploaded to Jill Kelly’s Vimeo account this afternoon. That video is embedded… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fourth overall NFL draft pick Sammy Watkins signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills today, the team announced. The contract is for four years and is worth an average of $5 million a year. Actually, the deal is worth a total value of $19.9 million, according to a league source. Watkins will… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A bunch of Buffalo Bills had offseason medical procedures. Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone rattled off the names after today’s start to voluntary workouts. Wide receiver Robert Woods (ankle) Wide receiver T.J. Graham (hip) Wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) Tight end Scott Chandler (knee) Defensive end Mario Williams (hip) Defensive… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone only could shrug. Voluntary workouts began today at One Bills Drive, but they are merely voluntary. Still, coaches want their players to be hungry and ready to get to work. Outside linebacker Manny Lawson and defensive tackle Alan Branch were absent today. Marrone added that… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Don’t expect to see Buffalo Bills on “Hard Knocks” this summer. The Bills meet the criteria to be featured on the popular HBO and NFL Films cinema verite’ series. But a plugged-in source told me the Bills have expressed their aversion to appearing on the training-camp show, and the NFL… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Buffalo Bills Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Joe DeLamielleure, James Lofton and Billy Shaw, along with Buffalo developer Rocco Termini, have joined the Buffalo Fan Alliance advisory board, the group announced today. The alliance aims to raise money among fans to help a new owner keep the Bills franchise in Western New York. The group has proposed… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, May 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Bernard Parks undoubtedly was the star of Sunday’s feature about the NFL, Los Angeles and the Buffalo Bills. To research the story, The Buffalo News sent me to Los Angeles for four days. I visited downtown, South Los Angeles, Pasadena, Inglewood, Glendale, La Crescenta, La Canada and… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 22, 2014

Shane Conlan, the Frewsburg native who starred at linebacker for both Penn State and the Buffalo Bills, was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame today. Conlan, who helped Penn State to the national championship in the 1986 season, becomes just the second player born in Western New York… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Giddy up. The Buffalo Bills have selected the financial and legal firms to handle the team’s sale. Morgan Stanley has the bankers. Proskauer Rose has the lawyers. “This is a big step,” Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon said. “Now everything’s in place.” Morgan Stanley and Proskauer Rose will conduct… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sen. Charles Schumer wasn’t too thrilled to read Monday’s comments from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about the Buffalo Bills possibly being worth more to the NFL in Toronto. Schumer responded today to The Buffalo News: “Anyone who knows the first thing about the two million people in Western New… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ATLANTA — When it comes time for the NFL to vote on the Buffalo Bills’ next owner or whether the team will move, Bills fans would need nine owners to block anything undesirable. Fans will be pleased to know they already have one of those nine votes line up. Mark… Read more

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jill Kelly shared some good news on social media today: Jim Kelly is finished with chemotherapy. “She pressed start at 1:12pm and we finished up at 2:12pm. DONE!!!! As of right now, this very moment, Jim is DONE with chemotherapy! 4 more radiation treatments to go! Greater is HE that… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ATLANTA — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is one of the NFL’s most prominent opinion leaders. His stance on the Buffalo Bills’ future, however, isn’t shared by all of his peers. Jones on Monday suggested the NFL must be concerned with growing revenues as a consideration of where the Bills… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ATLANTA — Buffalo Bills suitors will be able to make bids to buy the team rather soon. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon today gave some updates on the sale process while taking a break from the NFL’s annual spring meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. The Bills are close to… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Caleb Holley, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver from East Central University in Oklahoma was added to the Buffalo Bills’ 90-man roster today, the team announced. Holley participated in the Bills’ three-day rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. Holley caught 55 passes for 970 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The yardage… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, May 19, 2014

ATLANTA — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones loves him some Jon Bon Jovi. Shortly after arriving at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead for the NFL’s annual May meeting, Jones delivered several glowing remarks about the rock star who wants to join the exclusive club and reportedly is interested in pursuing the Buffalo… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, May 19, 2014

ATLANTA — One of the NFL’s most influential voices offered some ominous words about the Buffalo Bills’ future in Western New York. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declined to comment about the Bills and their looming sale today at a league meeting. But he did note it’s important for the… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 15, 2014

University at Buffalo star Khalil Mack became the first top-10 draft choice to reach a contract agreement this year, signing with the Oakland Raiders, the team announced. Mack, the 6-foot-3, 251-pound linebacker, was drafted fifth overall. His deal, first reported by ESPN, is worth a total of $18.67 million over… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Buffalo Bills announced the signing of three of their draft picks to contracts today. Signing were fourth-round pick Russ Cockrell and seventh-round picks Randell Johnson and Seantrel Henderson. Cockrell, a cornerback from Duke University, was taken with the 109th overall pick. He’s 6-foot and 190 pounds. He started 49… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, May 12, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have signed a safety from Vanderbilt who was expected to be drafted and a Canisius High School product who started at middle linebacker for the University of Miami. Meanwhile, six University at Buffalo products who went undrafted reached contract agreements with NFL teams. And Lockport native David… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, May 12, 2014

The Buffalo Bills released running back Anthony Allen today, the team announced. The move comes two days after Buffalo added to its running back stable by trading for Bryce Brown. Allen had been signed in January as a “street free agent.” He was a seventh-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, May 12, 2014

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay applauded the Buffalo Bills for getting the best player in the NFL Draft who would help quarterback EJ Manuel. At the same time, McShay remains iffy on Manuel as the franchise quarterback of the Bills. Here’s McShay on a conference call today in response to… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, May 12, 2014

Here were the Buffalo picks: 1-WR Sammy Watkins. 2-OT Cyrus Kouandjio. 3-LB Preston Brown. 4-CB Ross Cockrell. 5-G Cyril Richardslon. 7-LB Randell Johnson. 7-T Seantrel

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Buffalo Bills went to the Sunshine State to complete their 2014 draft class this evening. Buffalo selected Florida Atlantic outside linebacker Randell Johnson and Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson with its two seventh-round draft picks, No. 221 and No. 237, respectively. Johnson played in 12 games in 2013 for… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, May 10, 2014

Turns out the Bryce Brown trade took as long to complete as it did for us to understand it. “It was long and complicated,” Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon said. “We lost a couple brain cells.” Bills GM Doug Whaley revealed negotiations for the trade, which involves the conditional… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Buffalo Bills did not draft a quarterback. And they don’t plan to add another one in free agency. After the Bills made their final draft choice tonight, GM Doug Whaley reiterated what he told me in March at the NFL owners meetings. The Bills are set at quarterback. “Never… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Buffalo Bills’ backfield has gotten a tad crowded. Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller and Ronnie Wingo are back. They added free agent Anthony Allen in January and free agent Anthony Dixon in March. Today, the Bills traded future draft considerations to the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Bryce Brown. Eagles… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Buffalo Bills are sticking with their theme along the offensive line — going big. The latest example of that came in the the fifth round of today’s NFL Draft, with the selection of Baylor guard Cyril Richardson with the 153rd overall pick. “He’s a big, mauler-type guard,” Bills Director… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, May 10, 2014

Stevie Johnson will be remembered forever among the most colorful personalities in Buffalo sports history. The Buffalo Bills on Friday traded the carefree receiver to the San Francisco 49ers. Tell us what stands out most of all from this list of 10 Stevie

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Buffalo Bills added some depth to their secondary today in Round 4 of the NFL Draft by selecting Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell. There’s a good bet he’ll be the smartest player in the team’s locker room. Cockrell has been graduated since December 2012, finishing his degree in political science… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Buffalo Bills can’t stop, won’t stop. They made another trade today, and this one has more turns than the hedge maze in “The Shining.” The Bills sent a conditional 2015 fourth-round draft choice to the Philadelphia Eagles and swapped this year’s seventh-round slots for backup running back Bryce Brown…. Read more

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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By Jay Skurski » Friday, May 9, 2014

The Buffalo Bills moved down three spots in the second round of tonight’s draft before ultimately selecting massive Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio with the 44th overall pick. Kouandjio is a 6-foot-6, 322-pounder who played at Alabama. “We’re extremely excited to get Cyrus in the second round,” Bills General Manager… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, May 9, 2014

C.J. Spiller wanted to learn two things when he sat down to watch the NFL draft Thursday night. “There was a lot of anticipation,” Spiller told me today from his home in Lake Butler, Fla. The Buffalo Bills running back wanted to see who his team would add in the… Read more

Friday, May 9, 2014

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By Tim Graham » Friday, May 9, 2014

The Buffalo Bills released a statement from General Manager Doug Whaley about today’s trade that sent Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional 2015 fourth-round draft choice: “Stevie was a great contributor during his career with our organization. Today’s decision was not an easy one to make,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, May 9, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have traded one of the most prolific and polarizing receivers in club history. About 18 hours after they traded up to draft Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins fourth overall, the Bills sent Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for undisclosed draft considerations. —– Photo gallery:  Stevie Johnson… Read more

Friday, May 9, 2014

A look back at who each team selected in the first round of the NFL

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, May 9, 2014

New Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins expressed his joy at being drafted fourth overall and talked about his amazing run-after-catch ability upon being introduced today at One Bills Drive. “It’s the best moment of my life right now,” Watkins said. “It’s a great accomplishment. I’m proud to be a Bill…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, May 9, 2014

Doug Whaley was on the phone with the Cleveland Browns and thought he had just hammered out trade terms that would give the Buffalo Bills the rookie they coveted more than any other in the draft. The Browns were on the clock with the fourth selection Thursday night. After a… Read more

Thursday, May 8, 2014

News football writers Mark Gaughan and Tim Graham discuss the Bills’ move to trade up for the Clemson wideout: Former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins address the media in New York City at the NFL draft: Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon and General Manager Doug Whaley talk about the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sammy Watkins doesn’t lack confidence. Three and a half months ago, long before the Buffalo Bills were counting on him to help end the NFL’s longest postseason drought, Watkins spoke to reporters at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Watkins was asked how he gained the reputation for being a powerful,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, May 8, 2014

On the surface, tonight’s trade breakdown looks like this: The Buffalo Bills got the fourth overall draft choice and used it on Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The Cleveland Browns got the ninth overall choice plus next year’s first- and fourth-round draft picks. But the swap has another, implied factor…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Buffalo Bills made a big investment in Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. And now they’re thinking playoffs. With Watkins still available after three choices had been made in tonight’s NFL draft, including the Jacksonville Jaguars snagging Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles third overall, the Bills pounced. The Bills sent their… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, May 8, 2014

NEW YORK – Khalil Mack is the newest member of the Oakland Raiders. The University at Buffalo linebacker was the fifth overall selection by the Silver and Black tonight at Radio City Music Hall. Earlier in the day, UB coach Jeff Quinn spoke about what Mack’s selection would mean. “It’s… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, May 8, 2014

NEW YORK — Ever wondered just who that is with the headset on sitting at the Buffalo Bills’ table here in Radio City Music Hall? That would be Shone Gipson, an athletic trainer entering his 11th season with the team. For the other 362 days of the year, Gipson works… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, May 8, 2014

In an interview with ESPN prior to tonight’s NFL draft, Roger Goodell reiterated Wednesday’s comments that the league wants the Buffalo Bills to remain in Western New York, but that a new stadium is necessary. “We want to keep our teams in their current markets,” Goodell said at Radio City… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, May 8, 2014

NEW YORK — Gerry Philbin only wishes this moment would have happened long ago. When Khalil Mack hears his name called in the first round of tonight’s NFL Draft, he’ll officially become the highest-drafted player ever from the University at Buffalo. That’s a distinction that Philbin has owned for the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, May 8, 2014

I’m fixin’ to get my draft on. What better way to get warmed up for tonight’s opening round than to chat about it with Shredd and Ragan on 103.3 The Edge? Click below and bask in audio wonder as, for 25 riveting minutes, we discuss the following: Rumors about the… Read more

Thursday, May 8, 2014

BuffaloNews.com is the place to be for NFL Draft and Bills coverage, complete with in-depth articles, breaking news alerts and engaging multimedia features. The News ‘ reporters and photographers are stationed at  NFL Draft central at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall and 1 Bills Drive in Orchard Park, where they’ll live-blogging… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, May 8, 2014

NEW YORK — It’s generally accepted that it took three hours for Khalil Mack to transform himself from a borderline first-round prospect to a player who could potentially be the first overall pick tonight on the last day of August last year in Columbus, Ohio. NFL Network draft analyst Mike… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Position: Defensive end School: Boise State Measurements: 6-foot-3, 251 pounds 40 time: 4.80 seconds. Bench press: 20 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 34.5 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.31 seconds. Career stats: 120 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 20 sacks. Draft projection: First-second round. Lowdown: Lawrence spent two years with the… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Position: Offensive tackle School: Texas A&M Measurements: 6-foot-5, 308 pounds. Arm length: 33 3-8 inches. 40 time: 5.07 seconds. Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds. 3-cone drill: 7.34 seconds. Career stats: Started 46 of 49 games. Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: The son of Hall-of-Famer Bruce Matthews is projected… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Six weeks ago, Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone expressed confidence that defensive tackle Marcell Dareus had straightened himself out. Marrone benched Dareus for the first quarter of the penultimate game after arriving late to team meetings. The very next day, Dareus showed up late again and got benched for the… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Position: Tight end School: North Carolina Measurements: 6-foot-4, 250 pounds 40 time: 4.60 seconds. Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 32 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet. Career stats: 112 catches, 1,805 yards, 8 TDs.  Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: Ebron set an Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Buffalo Bills’ interest in acquiring one of the top picks in the NFL Draft is likely to require a heavy cost if they plan to pull the trigger on a trade. The Bills have been rumored to be talking about moving up for weeks. Buffalo still was in the… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley released the following statement today on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus: “We are, obviously, disappointed with this latest development involving Marcell Dareus. We will be in contact with the league regarding the situation and continue to offer support and assistance to Marcell.” Dareus, 24, was… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NEW YORK — Roger Goodell is confident the Buffalo Bills will continue to be successful in Western New York, but to do so will require a new stadium. The NFL commissioner spoke on the future of the team today at an NFL-sponsored Play 60 event at Chelsea Waterfront Park in… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Marcell Dareus may have put the Buffalo Bills in a serious hole to start their crucial 2014 campaign. With a new owner on the horizon and jobs on the line, Dareus could watch the first quarter of this season from his sofa. The NFL can suspend the Pro Bowl defensive… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was arrested Monday night in Cleburne County, Ala. Dareus was arrested by an Alabama for felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held for about 30 minutes and released, according to a spokeswoman for the Cleburne… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Terry Pegula is on the short list of billionaires with local ties who could purchase the Buffalo Bills. Pegula and his camp, however, have been coy about their intentions. “It’s too early to say,” is the general sentiment when anybody tries to learn how interested Pegula might be. Pegula has… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, May 6, 2014

It’s a sports mystery on par with who owned the Charlestown Chiefs. Who did late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson appoint as trustees to oversee selling the team? WBBZ’s “All Sports WNY” has reported there are four trustees: widow Mary Wilson, Bills executive vice president of strategic planning Mary Owen,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, May 5, 2014

Jim Kelly’s journey will continue to encounter peaks and dips. The past few days reminded his family of that. The Buffalo Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback returned to ECMC on Sunday because chemotherapy and radiation treatments have weakened his body. Even so, that’s a welcome trade for the excruciating pain… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Friday, May 2, 2014

Colorado businessman George Gillett, the former owner of the Montreal Canadiens, is not expected to make a run at purchasing the Buffalo Bills, The Buffalo News has learned. Gillett, 75, has a long history of sports ownership, dating back to a 22 percent stake in the Miami Dolphins he purchased… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 1, 2014

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock likes Sammy Watkins over Mike Evans, as do most college football observers. But he makes a good case why Evans will be an immediate success in the NFL as a rookie. Clemson’s Watkins would be a dream pick for the Buffalo Bills, but he… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 1, 2014

Postion: Tackle. School: McGill (Canada). Measurements: 6-foot-5, 321 pounds. 40 time: 4.96 seconds. Bench press: 34 reps of 225 pounds. Career: 26 starts at tackle. Draft projection: Fourth round. Lowdown: This diamond-in-the-rough prospect appears destined for success, if not on the football field then in an operating room. Duvernay-Tardif is… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Position: DE or OLB. School: Georgia Tech. Measurements: 6-foot-3, 252 pounds. 40 time: 4.60 seconds. Vertical jump: 37.5 inches. 2013 stats: 12.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss. Draft projection: Second round. Lowdown: Attaochu is an edge rusher, whether it’s in the 4-3 or 3-4. He’s not a one-year wonder. He… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have designated their games against division rivals New England and Miami as their most expensive contests for individual-game ticket sales, the team announced today. The Bills for the first time have introduced variable ticket pricing for their eight home games. Games against San Diego, the New York Jets,… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Buffalo Bills’ schedule sets up as well as they could have hoped in their quest to take a significant step forward and have a winning season. That doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to get better. That doesn’t mean it’s easy or that they’re good enough to count any games as… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, April 28, 2014

Position: Offensive tackle School: Notre Dame Measurements: 6-foot-4, 308 pounds 40 time: N/A. Bench press: 29 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 28 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.65 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.59 seconds. Career stats: 52 career games, 52 career starts (50 at left tackle). Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: Played… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, April 28, 2014

Position: Wide receiver. School: Vanderbilt. Measurements: 6-foot-2 1-2, 212 pounds. 40 time: 4.46 seconds. Vertical jump: 35.5 inches. 2013 stats: 112 catches, 1,477 yards, 14 TDs. Draft projection: Second round. Lowdown: Matthews brings good size, consistent production and great character to the table. For his career, he caught 262 passes for 3,759 yards and 24 TDs. He has good… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, April 28, 2014

Position: Defensive end. School: Louisville. Measurements: 6-foot-3, 251 pounds. 40 time: 4.68 seconds. Vertical jump: 35 inches. 2013 stats: 14.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss. Draft projection: Third round. Lowdown: Smith finished second in the nation in sacks as a senior in 2013. It was a breakout year. He had… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, April 26, 2014

With pre-draft visits needing to be wrapped up by Sunday, Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley indicated the team’s work in that regard is done. The Bills hosted 29 prospects out of an allowed 30 from non-local schools during the past month or so. The complete list of visitors, by… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, April 26, 2014

Position: Cornerback School: Rice Measurements: 6-foot-0, 193 pounds 40 time: 4.38 seconds. Bench press: 11 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 36.5 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.62 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.04 seconds. Career stats: 175 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four interceptions, 38 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries. Draft projection: Fourth-fifth… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, April 26, 2014

Position: Running back. School: Towson University. Measurements: 5-foot-9, 225 pounds 40 time: 4.54 seconds. Vertical jump: 33.5 inches. 2013 stats: 2,509 yards, 42 TDs. Draft projection: Middle rounds. Lowdown: West produced video-game type numbers in leading Towson University to the Football Championship Subdivision national title game last year. Over 16… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, April 25, 2014

Through a $50,000 donation approved earlier this year by late Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation presented Aurora Adult Day Services with a new transportation minivan to be used to shuttle clients to and from their facility for daily services. 75 percent of whom have some form… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, April 25, 2014

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley talked up his team’s lack of glaring needs entering the 2014 NFL Draft at the team’s annual pre-draft luncheon today. “We can go any position,” Whaley said. “We can take offensive line, we can take a running back, we can take receiver. You can… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, April 25, 2014

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley confirmed today that the team has picked up the option on the fifth year of the contract for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. The move is a relative formality for any first-round draft choice from the 2011 season who has not been a bust. Dareus,… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, April 24, 2014

Position: Running back. School: Georgia Southern. Measurements: 5-foot-9, 209 pounds. 40 time: 4.41 seconds. Vertical jump: 40.5 inches. Career stats: 3,899 rushing yards, 6.3-yard average, 42 TDs. Draft projection: Middle rounds. Lowdown: McKinnon is one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft. He ran the triple-option as the quarterback… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Buffalo Bills don’t have to worry about altering their Thanksgiving plans this year. The team does not have a holiday trip scheduled to face the Detroit Lions, as was considered a strong possibility before the 2014 schedule leaked out tonight. Instead, the Bills schedule shapes up like this: Week… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin and Canadian prospect Laurent Duvernay-Tardif made pre-draft visits with the Buffalo Bills today, the team announced. Watkins likely will not be available when the Bills pick at ninth overall in the first round. The Clemson star ran a 4.43-second 40-yard… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper sees two offensive tackles going before the Buffalo Bills pick at No. 9 overall but still thinks the Bills are a strong contender to take Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews. Kiper thinks Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan is going to go higher than he originally expected and… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have issued the following statement this afternoon on how a story titled “Coach Marrone announces he has cancer” showed up on the team’s official website and mobile application Tuesday night without further explanation. “We are continuing today to discuss the unfortunate situation we experienced last night with… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, April 23, 2014

University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack is headed to Radio City Music Hall next month. Mack is one of a record number of 30 NFL draft prospects who have accepted invitations to attend the annual selection process, which begins May 8. It’s a foregone conclusion Mack will become the first… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The statement from Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone, released through the team: “During a recent doctor’s visit, it was discovered that I had a cancerous mole on my skin, which has since been removed. The only follow up required is to have my moles checked every three months, and that… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have yet to comment on a strange story that was posted on the team’s official website and on its official mobile app for nine hours before being deleted. Although buried under news tab, the headline was a jolt: “Coach Marrone announces he has cancer.” The first line… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans was among the pre-draft visitors to One Bills Drive today. His playmaking ability would make him a popular pick among a lot of fans for the Buffalo Bills, who own the ninth overall pick in the draft. Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is the No. 1 rated… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The start of offseason conditioning workouts for the Buffalo Bills is more of a continuation of workouts for Bills quarterback EJ Manuel. The Bills’ second-year QB said today he has been busy working on the field and studying the past few months. “As far as football, I really didn’t take a… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, April 21, 2014

Buffalo Bills Hall-of-Famer Andre Reed has joined the Buffalo Fan Alliance effort, which aims to raise money among fans to help a new owner keep the Bills franchise in Western New York. Reed, the Bills’ all-time greatest receiver, was among a group of people named today to the alliance’s board of… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, April 21, 2014

Position: Cornerback School: Virginia Tech Measurements: 6-foot-0, 190 pounds 40 time: 4.49 seconds. Bench press: 12 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 38.5 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.90 seconds. Broad jump: 128 inches. Career stats: 173 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 32 passes defensed, four forced fumbles. Draft projection: First-second round. Lowdown: A physical corner who plays bigger than his size, Fuller… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, April 21, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have once again found themselves linked to the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft. In his “Monday Musings” column this morning, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco mentions the Bills as a team that may want to trade up with the Houston Texans for the top… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, April 21, 2014

Position: Offensive tackle School: Virginia Measurements: 6-foot-6, 311 pounds 40 time: 5.35 seconds. Bench press: N/A. Vertical jump: 21.5 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.93 seconds. Career stats: 48 career games, 42 starts. Draft projection: First-second round. Lowdown: Ideal size for a tackle, with 35 3/8-inch arms. … Experienced, high character player… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, April 20, 2014

Position: Wide receiver School: Texas A&M Measurements: 6-foot-5, 231 pounds 40 time: 4.53 seconds. Bench press: 12 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 37 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.08 seconds. Career stats: 151 catches, 2,499 yards, 17 touchdowns. Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: Evans racked up huge numbers the past two… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, April 19, 2014

Position: Running back School: Ohio State Measurements: 6-foot-0, 230 pounds 40 time: 4.66 seconds. Bench press: 19 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 34.5 inches. Broad jump: 114 inches. Career stats: 498 carries, 3,085 yards, 36 TDs, 32 catches, 232 yards, three TDs.. Draft projection: Second-third round. Lowdown: Hyde became… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Friday, April 18, 2014

Position: Cornerback School: Liberty Measurements: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds Career stats: 194 tackles, seven interceptions, 22 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, three sacks. Draft projection: Fourth-fifth round. Lowdown: Aikens turned heads at the Senior Bowl in January, showing that he belonged with his counterparts from bigger schools. Despite the impressive showing,… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, April 17, 2014

Position: Running back School: LSU Measurements: 6-foot-1, 233 pounds 40 time: 4.66 seconds. Bench press: 20 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 29 inches. Broad jump: 113 inches. Career stats: 345 carries, 2,156 yards, 28 TDs, 26 catches, 254 yards. Draft projection: Second-third round. Lowdown: Hill ran for 1,401 yards… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Position: Inside linebacker School: Louisville Measurements: 6-foot-1, 251 pounds. 40 time: 4.86 seconds. Bench press: 23 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 33 inches. Broad jump: 116 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.98 seconds. Career stats: 301 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries. Draft projection:… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Position: Tight end School: Washington Measurements: 6-foot-5, 262  pounds. 40 time: N/A. Bench press: 20 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: N/A. Career stats: 146 catches, 1,840 yards, 21 TDs. Draft projection: Second round. Lowdown: Participated in only the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine in February after medical… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have been doing their due diligence when it comes to scouting running backs in the 2014 draft class, hosting four of them to date among their 19 pre-draft visitors. Both of the team’s running backs — C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson — are entering the final year… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Position: Cornerback School: Clemson Measurements: 5-foot-11, 197  pounds. 40 time: 4.62 seconds. Bench press: 11 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 34.5 inches. Broad jump: 123 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.33 seconds. Career stats: 159 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, six interceptions, 20 passes defensed. Draft projection: Third round…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, April 14, 2014

For decades, Donald Trump has been known as the villain who killed the USFL. Trump, the New Jersey Generals’ owner, is considered the driving force behind switching the USFL from a spring league into direct autumn competition with the NFL. The kamikaze mission was intensified with a $1.7 billion antitrust… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, April 14, 2014

Donald Trump knows people doubt his sincerity about the Buffalo Bills. Skeptics have scoffed at his declared interest in buying the Bills. They assert it’s a publicity stunt so the billionaire entrepreneur, entertainer and political flirt can remain in the headlines. Trump today stressed he’s committed to buying the Bills… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, April 13, 2014

Position: Defensive end School: South Carolina Measurements: 6-foot-6, 266 pounds. 40 time: 4.53 seconds. Bench press: 21 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 37.5 inches. Broad jump: 124 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.43 seconds. Career stats: 130 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 24 sacks, nine forced fumbles. Draft projection: Top 10 of first round. Lowdown: A can’t-miss prospect since high school, Clowney is thought to… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, April 12, 2014

Buffalo sports fans are familiar with ownership changes. The Sabres have switched hands four times in the past 15 years. Many of us were around when the Braves dribbled off to San Diego. But policies for NFL ownership are different than in other leagues, and we haven’t seen them applied… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, April 11, 2014

The Delaware North Companies, owned by Jeremy Jacobs, released a statement today about how the Boston Bruins will preclude him from buying the Buffalo Bills: “Several reports have listed Jeremy Jacobs as potentially interested in buying the Buffalo Bills. Mr. Jacobs owns the Boston Bruins and has no intention of… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, April 11, 2014

Position: Wide receiver. School: Louisiana State. Measurements: 5-foot-11, 198 pounds. 40 time: 4.43 seconds. Vertical jump: 38.5 inches. Short shuttle: 3.94 seconds. 2013 stats: 59 catches, 1,152 yards, 8 TDs. Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: Beckham won the Paul Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player last season. His… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, April 11, 2014

Twice last year, the Buffalo Bills were in position to select any quarterback they wanted. The first time, with every quarterback on the board, they traded back eight slots. The second time, they declared EJ Manuel was the best of the bunch by drafting him 16th overall. Manuel was the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, April 10, 2014

There were three substantial developments today regarding Buffalo Bills business. Two of the reports may indicate odds are getting longer the Bills stay in Western New York. Toronto Sun reporter John Kryk and Bleacher Report columnist Dan Pompei wrote musician Jon Bon Jovi is expected to be the front man… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, April 10, 2014

Position: Cornerback School: Duke Measurements: 6-foot-0, 191 pounds. 40 time: 4.56 seconds. Bench press: 10 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 36.5 inches. Broad jump: 122 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.32 seconds. Career stats: 233 tackles, 12 interceptions, 42 passes defensed. Draft projection: Fourth-fifth round. Lowdown: Started 49 games over four… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, April 10, 2014

When the Buffalo Bills fiddled with the idea of keeping two kickers a couple years ago, the general manager needed to coax the head coach into it. That won’t be the case for their successors this year. Bills GM Doug Whaley and coach Doug Marrone are not only open to… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Buffalo Bills announced dates for all of their preseason games and kickoff times for all but one. The updated schedule: Aug. 3 at 8 p.m., New York Giants in Canton, Ohio Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Carolina Panthers in Bank of America Stadium Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Pittsburgh… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Buffalo Bills announced a few things this afternoon. They released defensive end Kourtnei Brown, who they signed to a futures contract in January. He was with the Bills last year in training camp but spent the 2013 regular season unemployed in the NFL. The Bills also are meeting today… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Buffalo Bills announced their 2014 preseason schedule this afternoon. Only one of the games has a time and date. The rest will be announced later, although the schedule indicates the joint training-camp practices they hope to hold with the Pittsburgh Steelers will be a go, facilitated by the Bills… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I don’t think Brandon Spikes enjoyed playing for the New England Patriots. Spikes, the Buffalo Bills’ new middle linebacker, posted two provocative tweets this afternoon. The Bills have beaten the Patriots twice in their past 27 matchups and never have won in Gillette Stadium, but Spikes predicted the Bills will… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Brian Moorman expected he would have some competition. The Buffalo Bills followed through today by signing another punter, Jake Dombrowski. Dombrowski was Harvard’s regular punter from 2010 through 2012. He averaged 40.2 yards in that span and was first-team All-Ivy League as a senior. He tried out for the Jacksonville… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Buffalo Bills are visiting with Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews and Louisville linebacker Preston Brown at One Bills Drive today, the team announced. Matthews is a potential target of the Bills with the ninth overall pick – if he lasts that long. There is speculation he could be… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Position: Wide receiver. School: Florida State. Measurements: 6-foot-5, 240 pounds. 40 time: 4.61 seconds. Vertical jump: 32.5 inches. Broad jump: 119 inches. 2013 stats: 54 catches, 1,011 yards, 15 TDs. Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: Benjamin is the prototypical, modern, huge receiver. He’s a giant target, and his arms are… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A report on Fox Sports Wisconsin said Tuesday the Bills will play host to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football in 2014. It was according to an unidentified source. The Bills certainly are overdue to play a prime-time game at home. The last time the Bills hosted a… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Bills added some depth at the defensive end position today by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent Jarius Wynn. Wynn, 27, is a five-year NFL veteran who has played 20 to 28 snaps a game throughout his career. He gives the Bills a needed option at… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dallas Cowboys free-agent defensive tackle Jarius Wynn and Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Siddoway are visiting the Buffalo Bills today. Wynn, 6-foot-5 and about 275 pounds, entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2009. He spent three seasons as a reserve with the Pack…. Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Position: Outside linebacker School: UCLA. Measurements: 6-foot-5, 255 pounds. 40 time: 4.66 seconds. Vertical jump: 34.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 11 inches. 2013 stats: 10 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, 5 forced fumbles. Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: Barr languished at running back his first two years at UCLA… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, April 7, 2014

Newly acquired Buffalo Bills wide receiver Mike Williams acknowledged today he needs to show more maturity to regain success in the NFL. Williams was unloaded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Bills last week for just a sixth-round draft choice, despite the fact he was a productive player for… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, April 7, 2014

Position: Cornerback. School: Ohio State. Measurements: 5-foot-11, 194 pounds. 40 time: 4.39 seconds. Bench press: 17 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 38.5 inches. Broad jump: 124 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.04 seconds. Career stats: 179 tackles, eight interceptions, 44 passes defensed. Draft projection: First-second round. Lowdown: Roby was a second-team… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, April 6, 2014

Position: Wide receiver School: Southern California Measurements: 6-foot-0, 192 pounds 40 time: 4.52 seconds. Bench press: N/A. Vertical jump: 38 inches. Broad jump: 127 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.01 seconds. Career stats: 248 catches, 3,655 yards, 29 touchdowns. Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: Leaving school a year early after a down… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, April 6, 2014

Position: Offensive tackle School: Alabama Measurements: 6-foot-7, 332 pounds. 40 time: 5.59 seconds. Bench press: 21 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 27.5 inches. Broad jump: 96 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.71 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.84 seconds. Career stats: 35 games, 26 starts. Draft projection: Second round. Lowdown: First-team All-American was… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, April 6, 2014

Position: Running back School: Auburn Measurements: 5-foot-8, 207 pounds. 40 time: 4.50 seconds. Vertical jump: 38.5 inches. Broad jump: 126 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.15 seconds. Career stats: 516 carries, 2,979 yards, 5.8 yards per rush, 32 TDs, 19 catches, 249 yards, 1 TD Draft projection: Second round. Lowdown: Mason was… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, April 6, 2014

Position: Linebacker School: Alabama Measurements: 6-foot-2, 234 pounds 40 time: 4.58 seconds. Bench press: N/A. Vertical jump: 35 inches. Broad jump: 118 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.3 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.4 seconds. Career stats: 175 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery. Draft… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, April 6, 2014

Position: Cornerback School: Oklahoma State Measurements: 6-foot-0, 202 pounds 40 time: 4.37 seconds. Bench press: 20 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 35.5 inches. Broad jump: 126 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.92 seconds. Career stats: 183 tackles, 12 interceptions, two touchdowns. Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: Second-team All-American and finalist for… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, April 6, 2014

Position: Wide receiver. School: Indiana. Measurements: 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. Bench press: 23 reps of 225 pounds. Career stats: 135 catches, 2,042 yards, 17 TDs. Draft projection: Fifth-sixth round. Lowdown: A two-time second-team All-Big 10 selection who is entering the draft a year early after a junior season in which he… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, April 5, 2014

Position: Quarterback. School: Louisville. Measurements: 6-foot-2, 214 pounds. 40 time: 4.79 seconds. Hand size: 9 1-4 inches. 2013 stats: 305 passing yards a game, 71 percent completions 31 TDs, 4 INTs. Draft projection: Top 10. Lowdown: Good athlete, moves well and can make plays outside pocket. Good arm strength. Has… Read more

Friday, April 4, 2014

Jim Kelly was seen Friday night attending the Knicks game in Madison Square Garden in New York City. A picture of Kelly and his family was flashed on the Jumbotron in the arena for all who were attending the game to see. In this AP photo, he is seen giving… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, April 4, 2014

From the Never Made it to Print Because the Interview Took Place the Day Ralph Wilson Died Department … The Buffalo Bills today sent a sixth-round draft choice to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Riverside High grad Mike Williams, a talented receiver with a checkered past. Tampa Bay Times writer… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Friday, April 4, 2014

The Buffalo Bills continue to host draft prospects at their Orchard Park headquarters, announcing this afternoon that North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, LSU running back Jeremy Hill and Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton are in town today. Ebron is a 6-foot-4, 250-pounder who ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Friday, April 4, 2014

The Buffalo Bills are rolling the dice a change of scenery will be just what Buffalo native Mike Williams needs to rescue his professional career. The Bills today announced they have traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 26-year-old Williams. The deal was first reported… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, April 4, 2014

Position: Quarterback. School: Texas A&M. Measurements: 5-11 3-4, 207 pounds. 40 time: 4.68 seconds. Hand size: 9 3-4 inches. 2013 stats: 4,114 yards, 37 TDs, 13 INTs, 759 rush yards, 9 TDs. Draft projection: Top 10. Lowdown: Anybody who watched college football the past two years can see Manziel is… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Buffalo Bills could have a new owner before the season is halfway over. While much of the focus on the Bills’ future understandably has been on building a new stadium and the next owner being able to wriggle out of the lease in 2020, a high-ranking Bills source informed… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mary Wilson today became the seventh female principal owner in NFL history, and six of them are currently in charge. Georgia Frontiere, Los Angles/St. Louis Rams Virginia Halas McCaskey, Chicago Bears Denise DeBartolo York, San Francisco 49ers Ann Mara, New York Giants Susie Smith, Tennessee Titans Martha Ford, Detroit Lions… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, April 3, 2014

What does it mean that Mary Wilson has assumed controlling interest in the Buffalo Bills? In short: Not much. NFL bylaws mandate every club must have a single controlling owner, sometimes also referred to as the principal owner. When Bills founder Ralph Wilson died last week, a new one had… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mike Pettine knows a great defender when he sees one. When the new Cleveland Browns coach watches University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, the assessment is easy. “Explosive athlete,” Pettine said last week at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. “He’s a guy that tested extremely well, but he’s… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ralph Wilson’s widow now is running the Buffalo Bills. The team announced this afternoon Mary Wilson has taken over as controlling owner. A comment from Mary Wilson suggested no immediate changes will be made in the Bills’ operational structure. “I have complete confidence in Russ Brandon, our president and CEO,… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, April 3, 2014

Defensive backs Bashaud Breeland of Clemson and Russ Cockrell of Duke are visiting with Buffalo Bills coaches at One Bills Drive today, the team announced. Breeland played cornerback for Clemson but could play free safety in the NFL. He’s viewed as a possible third-round draft pick. Breeland, 5-foot-11 and 197… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, April 3, 2014

Position: Tackle. School: Auburn. Measurements: 6-foot-5, 332 pounds. 40 time: 4.92 seconds. Bench press: 32 reps of 225 pounds. Career stats: 25 starts. Draft projection: Top 10. Lowdown: Robinson is likely to be taken in the top five picks. He has elite size and athleticism for a left tackle prospect…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Last week at the NFL owners meetings, I asked Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone who his most underrated player is. “I don’t know,” Marrone said as he leaned back in his chair. “I never thought about that question.” Marrone went through some names out loud: Marcell Dareus, but he went… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ohio State products Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier, and Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk are making visits to One Bills Drive with the Buffalo Bills today, the team announced. Roby is projected to be picked in the second half of the first round. He’s a 5-foot-11, 194-pound cornerback who made… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The celebration and remembrance of the life of Ralph C. Wilson Jr. will be a walk-through exhibit Saturday at the Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park. Fans may attend at any time between 1 to 4 p.m. Parking lots will open at noon, and there is no tailgating for the event…. Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Position: Edge rusher. School: Auburn. Measurements: 6-foot-2, 244 pounds. 40 time: 4.55 seconds. Vertical jump: 34.5 inches. Broad jump: 12 feet, 4 inches. 2013 stats: 10.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss. Draft projection: Late first round. Lowdown: Ford is an undersized edge rusher who could play stand-up as a 3-4… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Donald Trump, as he’s wont to do, caused a media stir today. Trump told WBEN 930-AM he might be interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills to keep the team in Western New York. “It would be catastrophic, in my opinion, if Buffalo lost the Buffalo Bills,” Trump said. Any such… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jim Kelly’s cancer has reached the base of his skull, but doctors view that tumor as operable down the road. Instead, the chemotherapy and radiation regimen Kelly’s scheduled to begin Monday will target “cancer cells in his maxillary sinus and adjacent tissues,” Lenox Hill Hospital announced today in a statement…. Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Position: Inside linebacker School: Wisconsin. Measurements: 5-foot-11, 248 pounds. 40 time: 4.83 seconds. Bench press: 27 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 31 inches. Career stats: 420 tackles, 15 forced fumbles. Draft projection: Second round. Lowdown: Borland is a classic draft conundrum. His body is far from elite, and he’s… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, March 31, 2014

Jim Kelly never has been accused of being delicate. Kelly’s health, however, is fragile enough that a fever delayed his cancer treatments until next week. Five days after Kelly learned surgery wasn’t a current option to treat the cancer spreading inside his head, today’s scheduled start for chemotherapy was postponed…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, March 31, 2014

Jim Kelly and his family have begun to pull back the curtain to reveal what he’s up against. The Kellys allowed Sports Illustrated writer Peter King into his room at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and opened up about the Buffalo Bills legend’s cancer. CBS reporter Jeff Glor, a Town… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mary Wilson leaves the funeral for her husband, Ralph Wilson Jr., on Saturday at the Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian church in Detroit. Photo by Mark Mulville/Buffalo News DETROIT — Family, friends and some National Football League dignitaries paid their last respects to Ralph C. Wilson Jr. at a funeral service this… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, March 28, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have released dates for the offseason conditioning and practice programs. Voluntary conditioning April 22 through April 25 April 28 through May 1 May 5 through May 8 May 13 through May 16 May 20 through May 23 Rookie minicamp May 17 through May 19 Voluntary practices (aka… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, March 28, 2014

The Buffalo Bills will hold a “celebration and remembrance” for late owner Ralph Wilson from 1-4 p.m. on April 5 in the team’s field house. A statement from the Bills said the event “will feature memorabilia, exhibits and a guestbook for fans to share their respects and pay tribute” to… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, March 28, 2014

The Buffalo Bills are open to offering sanctuary for players with checkered pasts. That’s something to keep in mind after the Philadelphia Eagles released three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson today. Jackson is a vested veteran and can be signed by any team immediately. He doesn’t need to go through… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, March 27, 2014

One of Jim Kelly’s most famous fans went out of the way today to share his admiration for the legendary quarterback. “I hope everything turns out, but it’s a tough one, as you know,” Donald Trump told me from his office in Manhattan. “Maybe it’s not over. If he doesn’t… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, March 27, 2014

The New York Jets and New York Giants know they belong to the Empire State in name only. New York has one NFL team. Ralph Wilson brought the Buffalo Bills here and kept them here. “He went in when Buffalo was thriving, and he persevered when Buffalo started declining because… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, March 27, 2014

A private funeral for Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson will be held Saturday in Detroit, the team has announced. The Bills added that a public celebration for fans, players, coaches and employees “is being discussed … and will be announced at a future date.” Wilson, 95, died Tuesday at his… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have announced the seven members they have selected to serve on the committee that will study the feasibility of a new stadium in Western New York. The committee includes Bills President and Chief Executive Officer Russ Brandon and Sen. Charles E. Schumer. The other members appointed by… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blake Bortles Position: Quarterback School: Central Florida Measurements: 6-foot-5, 232 pounds. 40 time: 4.93 seconds. Hand size: 9 3/8 inches. 2013 stats: 3,581 yards, 25 TDs, 9 INTs, 68 percent completions. Draft projection: Top 10. Lowdown: Bortles is a pocket passer with the elite size and body type that is… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s wife, Jill, has posted an update on his condition on her Facebook page this afternoon. Jill Kelly said that after consultation with doctors here and in New York City, Jim Kelly will not undergo surgery, but instead treat his cancer with chemotherapy… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jim Kelly’s wife revealed on her Facebook page today the legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback will not have cancer surgery as expected and will undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment instead. “At this point and time surgery is not the best option for Jim,” Jill Kelly posted. “Because of complexity and aggressive… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Buffalo Bills have lined up a practice partner for training camp. Although the NFL must sign off, the Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to joint practice sessions that both sides hope will be an annual occurrence. Three workouts would happen this year at the Steelers’… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Buffalo Bills released the following statements on the death of owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.: From Bills general manager Doug Whaley: “Since I joined the Buffalo Bills organization four years ago, I have been truly humbled to work for a man like Mr. Wilson – someone with so much… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ralph Wilson’s death has elicited many emotions from Buffalo Bills fans: grief for the loss, sentimentality over what he’s done and even anxiety over what will happen next. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reflected on Wilson this morning at a news conference to conclude the annual owners meetings,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Every Monday like clockwork, Doug Marrone got on the phone with Ralph Wilson and talked football. As the Buffalo Bills’ head coach for only one season so far, Marrone didn’t get to know Wilson like many other at One Bills Drive. But prolonged exposure to Wilson’s passion… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Here’s perspective. Ralph Wilson was 91 years old when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Each year, the Hall of Fame holds an exclusive event. The Ray Nitschke Luncheon, where all of the inductees tell war stories for the incoming members,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — At 2:02 p.m. today, the NFL owners and their executive assistants were being informed about a fan-conduct survey. Buffalo Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon’s cell phone buzzed. Ralph Wilson’s wife, Mary, was calling. That’s a call Brandon had to pick up, and he knew what might… Read more

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued the following statement today on the death of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr.: I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies to Ralph’s wife, Mary, his daughters and his extended family, including every coach, player, staff member and fan of the Buffalo… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers have posted a join statement from Chairman Dan Rooney and President Art Rooney II with their thoughts on Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson, who died at 95: “We are deeply saddened by today’s news of the passing of Ralph Wilson, one of the most respected owners in… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Washington owner Daniel Snyder has released a statement on Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who died today at 95: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Ralph Wilson. All of us have lost a NFL legend whose passion for his team was inspiring. We will always be… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued the following statement this afternoon on the death of Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.: “Ralph Wilson was a driving force in developing pro football into America’s most popular sport. He loved the game and took a chance on a start-up league in 1960 as… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has released a statement regarding owner Ralph Wilson’s death today: “I would like to send out my condolences to the entire family of Mr. Ralph Wilson. He will forever be remembered and loved by myself and the rest of the Bills fans across the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Arizona Cardinals have released a statement from President Michael Bidwill about the death of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson: “At a critical juncture in the National Football League’s history, Ralph Wilson provided a level of leadership and vision that helped make the NFL what it is today. He not… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Buffalo Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon announced moments ago that Bills owner Ralph Wilson died today at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. Wilson was 95. A World War II veteran, he was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Brandon, attending… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Buffalo Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon released the following statement this afternoon on the death of team owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.: “I speak for everyone within the Bills organization when I say that we are all suffering a deep and profound sadness with the passing of our Hall… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Buffalo Bills are all set at quarterback, thank you. General Manager Doug Whaley knows the Bills need to get better at the position, and he knows many fans want the Bills to sign an experienced veteran to mentor and perhaps challenge EJ Manuel. Whaley, however, suggested… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Position: Tight end School: Notre Dame Measurements: 6-foot-6, 270 pounds 40 time: N/A. Bench press: 27 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 32 inches. Broad jump: 114 inches. 60-yard shuttle: 12.19 seconds. Career stats: 37 catches, 573 yards, six touchdowns. Draft projection: Second or third round. Lowdown: In a word:… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Buffalo Bills signed Corey Graham for his versatility. We didn’t know how much versatility they saw. Graham has been a Pro Bowl special-teams player, a respected slot cornerback and good enough to start at regular cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl. We were… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Buffalo Bills will deploy a more traditional linebacker unit this year under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Bills coach Doug Marrone provided some insight this morning at the NFL’s annual owners meetings. Last year under coordinator Mike Pettine, the Bills had Kiko Alonso at middle linebacker… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Doug Marrone has no illusions about the Buffalo Bills’ offense. “We have a lot of work ahead of us on offense. We really do,” Marrone said this morning over breakfast at the annual NFL owners meetings. “Coming together and putting everyone in and being more productive, we’re… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, March 24, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — John Elway saw Jim Kelly just two weeks ago in Vail, Colo. They were there for a speaking engagement with Joe Montana, three Hall of Fame quarterbacks with a lot to feel thankful for. But Kelly wasn’t feeling well. He complained of pain in his restructured upper… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, March 24, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — As expected, the NFL didn’t give the Buffalo Bills any extra draft picks this year. The league announced its 2014 compensatory draft selections today at the annual owners meetings. Thirteen teams received 32 picks that cannot be traded. The Houston Texans will get Mr. Irrelevant (the last… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, March 24, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL has been dealing with a bullying scandal, Washington’s slur nickname and the first openly gay NFL player. That’s why the NFL’s theme for 2014 is about paying respect. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this morning delivered the opening address for the annual owners meeting at the… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, March 24, 2014

Position: Linebacker School: Ohio State Measurements: 6-foot-1, 237 pounds 40 time: N/A. Bench press: 25 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 42 inches. Broad jump: 130 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.91 seconds. Career stats: 314 tackles, 14 sacks, 12 passes defensed, one interception. Draft projection: First or second round. Lowdown: Shazier… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, March 23, 2014

Position: Safety School: Alabama Measurements: 6-foot-1, 208 pounds 40 time: 4.58 seconds. Bench press: 11 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 33 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.16 seconds. 60-yard shuttle: 11.63 seconds. Career stats: 98 tackles, nine passes defensed, seven interceptions. Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: Let’s start with that name…. Read more

By Jay Skurski » Friday, March 21, 2014

Position: Wide receiver. School: Clemson. Measurements: 6-foot-1, 211 pounds. 40 time: 4.43 seconds. Bench press: 16 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 34 inches. Career stats: 240 receptions, 3,391 yards, 27 receiving touchdowns. Draft projection: First round. Lowdown: The most explosive player in the draft, Watkins starred at Clemson from… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, March 21, 2014

Tennessee Titans free-agent receiver Kenny Britt is visiting the Buffalo Bills today, the team announced. Britt is a big receiver, something the Bills need, and he’s looking to revive his career. The 30th overall pick of the 2009 draft, Britt has been involved in police-related incidents numerous times since his… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mike Krzyzewski was an obvious influence on Greg Paulus’ basketball coaching career. Thad Matta, too, of course. So has Jim Boeheim. But don’t forget Doug Marrone. That’s right. Paulus credits the Buffalo Bills coach for making a difference. Paulus essentially was immersed in Boeheim’s program while growing up in Syracuse…. Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, March 17, 2014

Newly signed middle linebacker Brandon Spikes said he aims to bring some old-school toughness to the Buffalo Bills. “I don’t know no other way to play the game,” Spikes said on a conference call with reporters today. “I grew up playing aggressive and watching the elite, all the older guys… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Buffalo Bills’ signing of free-agent running back Anthony Dixon is another move they hope will bolster their special teams units. Dixon spent the past four years with the San Francisco 49ers and was a regular on their special-teams units. “I definitely found the love of special teams in my… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, March 14, 2014

The Buffalo Bills continued to mold their roster Friday night. John Wawrow of the Associated Press reported linebacker Brandon Spikes has agreed to a one-year contract with the Bills. Spikes was a New England Patriots second-round draft choice in 2010. He became a starter for them the past two years,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, March 14, 2014

Running back Anthony Dixon has tweeted from his verified account that he’ll sign a contract with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday morning. Dixon was at One Bills Drive today for a free-agent visit. He has spent the past four years with the San Francisco 49ers, never missing a game and… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, March 14, 2014

From what Fred Smerlas witnessed during his time with the Buffalo Bills, trainer Bud Carpenter deserved a Nobel Prize. “Bud Carpenter helped a guy with one brain cell walk around for three years,” Smerlas said, referring to his frequent foil, former Bills coach Hank Bullough. “Hank should be a protected… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, March 14, 2014

If you value Fred Smerlas’ opinion, then you shouldn’t get too excited about the idea of Brandon Spikes playing for the Buffalo Bills. Smerlas called me this afternoon to talk about something else, but while I had him on the line I asked for his thoughts about Spikes, the former… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, March 14, 2014

When linebacker Brandon Spikes was playing for the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills loathed him. Spikes was fined $21,000 for a blindside hit of Bills tight end Scott Chandler the first time they played in 2012. In the rematch, Spikes drilled the helmet off quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s bearded noggin… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, March 14, 2014

Bills general manager Doug Whaley offered his perspective on the team’s linebacker corps this morning in an interview on WGR. Whaley said he sees newly acquired free agent Keith Rivers as a starter on the outside, along with incumbent Kiko Alonso. A move by Alonso from the middle to the weak… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, March 13, 2014

The bottom line for Scott Chandler after his brief, three-day foray into the open market of free agency was this: His heart was in Buffalo. The Buffalo Bills’ veteran tight end said that’s why he re-signed with the team, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract today. “I’m just really… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have brought back tight end Scott Chandler, reportedly with a two-year contract. With top receiver Stevie Johnson limited by injuries and missing two games because of his mother’s death, Chandler led the Bills in catches last season. Chandler had 53 catches for 655 yards and two touchdowns…. Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Buffalo Bills had two options going at cornerback when the free-agency signing period began on Tuesday. They had Miami cornerback Nolan Carroll in town for a visit. They had strong interest in Baltimore free-agent Corey Graham. It’s apparent the Bills’ interest in Graham was a lot stronger. Carroll signed… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, March 13, 2014

New Buffalo Bills cornerback Corey Graham gushed today about the chance he has to play in the NFL in his home town. “It’s unreal; It’s kind of a surreal feeling,” Graham said on a conference call, a day after agreeing to terms on a four-year contract with the Bills. “I… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, March 13, 2014

The deal signed by place-kicker Dan Carpenter is right in line with the market for a veteran kicker with his credentials. It’s four years and $9.95 million, just about $2.5 million a year. Carpenter got a signing bonus of $2.15 million. His base salaries are $1.25 million, $1.3 million, $2.02… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd’s contract has been filed with the NFL Players Association, providing a look into how his money will be broken down over the next six years. The total money is $54 million, with $27.9 million in guarantees. His signing bonus, which gets prorated for salary-cap… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have made their third acquisition today. The Bills announced they have signed linebacker Keith Rivers. A source informed me it’s a two-year contract worth about $5 million, half of it guaranteed. Rivers will provide depth at a thin linebacking corps that likely will lose free agent Arthur… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Bills have released a statement from General Manager Doug Whaley on the signing of cornerback Corey Graham to a four-year contract: “Early in the free-agency process, we identified Corey Graham as a player who would help our football team. “Graham is a smart, physical and tough cornerback who has… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Jairus Byrd can be diplomatic only to a point. The Pro Bowl safety claimed he hadn’t ruled out a return to the Buffalo Bills until he actually signed his lucrative New Orleans Saints contract. He tempered his praise for the Saints organization with avowals that it shouldn’t reflect poorly on… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Turner-Carroll High grad Corey Graham is coming home. The Bills have signed the veteran cornerback and special-teamer to a four-year contract, his agent tweeted. Graham’s deal reportedly is worth as much as $20 million. Graham spent the past two seasons as a part-time starter for the Baltimore Ravens. He started… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Jairus Byrd was enamored with the idea of the New Orleans Saints enough to make them his first free-agent visit. And they were enamored enough with the former Buffalo Bills safety to make sure he didn’t leave Tuesday night. The Saints signed Byrd to a six-year contract worth $54 million… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Buffalo Bills guard Chris Williams was cast aside by the Chicago Bears in the middle of the 2012 NFL season. He essentially was a first-round bust for that team. However, he resurrected his career with the St. Louis Rams, and the Bills rewarded him with a four-year contract today…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Two years ago, unseasonably gorgeous Western New York weather was cited as a blessing to Mario Williams’ free-agent visit with the Buffalo Bills. Mother Nature might be trying to even the score, but the Bills are braving her worst. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley released a statement through the team… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Big offensive lineman Chris Williams resurrected his career to some degree over the past season with the St. Louis Rams. The Buffalo Bills have brought him to One Bills Drive today on a free-agent visit. Williams, a No. 1 pick of the Chicago Bears in 2008, is meeting with coaches,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The New Orleans Saints’ website has posted a statement from newly signed safety Jairus Byrd: “I first want to thank the Buffalo Bills organization and the great fans of Buffalo for their support during my time there. “I think there are great things to come here in New Orleans, and… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The New Orleans Saints announced tonight they have signed safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year contract. Byrd went to three Pro Bowls for the Buffalo Bills under three head coaches and three defensive coordinators. Byrd will be paired with Saints sophomore Kenny Vaccaro, forming one of the NFL’s most impressive… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Miami Dolphins free-agent cornerback Nolan Carroll is scheduled to arrive in Buffalo tonight on a free-agent visit. The Bills pursuit of him is an interesting insight into the priorities of new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Cornerback isn’t a glaring area of need for the Bills, given their top three at the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Not all contracts are inked minutes after the NFL throws its free-agency doors open for business. Some players visit a team before signing there. New Orleans Times Picayune writer Larry Holder reported the Buffalo Bills’ top free agent, Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, will visit with the New Orleans Saints… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Buffalo Bills announced a pair of re-signings this afternoon. The Bills opened their free-agency period by making sure kicker Dan Carpenter will return. They also re-signed tight end Mike Caussin. Carpenter was an emergency addition five days before the 2013 season began. Then he had one of the greatest… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Buffalo Bills reportedly have released Kevin Kolb, the veteran quarterback with concussion issues. ESPN analyst Adam Caplan tweeted the report as soon as the free-agency period opened at 4 p.m. (Update: Bills General Manager Doug Whaley confirmed the move about an hour later, saying Kolb failed a physical.) Kolb’s… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, March 10, 2014

The Buffalo Bills announced the hiring of Thad Bogardus as a defensive quality control coach. Bogardus spent the past three seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Ball State University. He’s a 2011 graduate of Elon University in North

By Tim Graham » Friday, March 7, 2014

One of my favorite factoids about Wade Phillips is that wherever he coached, his home number was listed in the phone book. What you see is what you get. The man won’t hide. He’s proud of his record and is self-deprecating about his shortcomings. Stands to reason, then, that the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, March 7, 2014

A couple weeks after Buffalo Bills sources told me there was a sentiment among coaches that longtime athletic trainer Bud Carpenter needed to go, the Bills announced Carpenter’s top assistant won an award. The Bills revealed this afternoon Greg McMillen received the AFC Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer Award at… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, March 7, 2014

Buffalo Bills free safety Aaron Williams will get $11 million in bonus money over the next two seasons as part of the contract extension he signed with the team on Wednesday. Some of the details of the agreement are in. Williams, the former second-round draft pick, was entering the final… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, March 6, 2014

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced today the seven members who’ll represent the county on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new-stadium exploratory committee. Poloncarz will serve along with: Richard Tobe, deputy county executive Maria R. Whyte, Erie County commissioner of environment and planning Kathleen Hochul, M&T Bank vice president Michael Joseph,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have announced season-ticket prices for the upcoming season, which will feature two preseason and eight regular-season dates for the first time since 2007. Packages range from $260 for the worst seats to $3,100 for the best indoor seats. The Bills also revealed they will introduce variable pricing… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, March 6, 2014

Buffalo Bills General Manager has revealed some of the team’s thinking in not using the franchise tag on Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd. In an interview with Toronto Sun reporter John Kryk, Whaley claimed the Bills are using the “If you love something, set it free; if it comes back,… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Buffalo Bills acted quickly to secure themselves at the safety position today by signing Aaron Williams to a four-year contract. The move comes just two days after negotiations with free safety Jairus Byrd failed to result in a deal. The Bills opted not to try to retain Byrd’s rights… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Buffalo Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon has released a statement about the team’s relationship with Rogers Media in Toronto. Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan wrote this morning the Bills will not play there in 2014. Brandon’s statement: “The Buffalo Bills and Rogers are committed to delivering a first-class NFL experience… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Buffalo Bills apparently won’t sell off a home game to Toronto this year. Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan broke the story before dawn: The Bills are expected to announce they’ll play all eight of their home games in Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first time in seven years. That’s… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have announced they will not play a game in Toronto this season and have all eight of their 2014 home regular-season games in Orchard Park. The Bills were working diligently the past week with their Toronto series partner, Rogers Media Inc., to move this season’s Toronto game… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Alex Neutz’s pro day was off to the start he wanted. He had turned in a solid time of 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but he ended up having to cut short his day after suffering a pulled hamstring during the University at Buffalo’s Pro Day inside the Buffalo… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Khalil Mack doesn’t want to call it a “label,” but knows playing in the Mid-American Conference means people look at him differently than if he were doing his thing in the Southeastern Conference. “No doubt. Everybody wants to know, especially from a scout’s standpoint, how did I get to Buffalo?”… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Khalil Mack was too focused to notice that a crowd had formed. Representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered this morning inside the Buffalo Bills’ field house, with all eyes layered in on the former University at Buffalo linebacker. Although the show lasted only four-and-a-half seconds, nobody left disappointed. That… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Is it possible Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd could wear a Buffalo Bills uniform again next year? Although he seemed to send out mixed signals, Byrd did claim in separate interviews with ESPN today he could re-sign with the Bills despite their inability to hammer out a long-term deal over… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, March 3, 2014

Where will Jairus Byrd find his next perch? The Buffalo Bills today declined to use their franchise tag on Byrd for a second straight year, sending the three-time Pro Bowler off toward unrestricted free agency. This shouldn’t be considered a comprehensive list or used for betting purposes. But let’s take… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, March 3, 2014

Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley stopped short of admitting that Pro Bowl free safety Jairus Byrd is gone but expressed confidence Monday that the organization can replace him if necessary. The Bills’ final big push to reach a contract agreement with Byrd before today’s 4 p.m. deadline to use… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, March 3, 2014

Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley has released a statement about the club’s decision not use its franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd or anyone else: “We have negotiated with representation for Jairus Byrd for more than a year, but have yet to reach an agreement on a contract extension…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, March 3, 2014

The Buffalo Bills will not use their franchise tag on Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, and he will become a free agent. The Bills tried to sign Byrd to a multiyear extension over the weekend but couldn’t make enough headway to feel comfortable that the franchise tag would’ve made a… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, March 3, 2014

We should find out this week if the Buffalo Bills are going to cling to some slim hope that their Toronto series is going to pay dividends in the future. We know the series has paid big dividends in the past. The Bills’ first, five-year deal with Rogers Communications Inc…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, March 2, 2014

A day before the franchise-tag deadline, reports claim the Buffalo Bills have offered to make Jairus Byrd the NFL’s highest-paid safety. Fans, as to be expected, feel jilted. How could Byrd turn down such a handsome offer? I’m not going to pretend to know what the Bills offered Byrd, but… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Jairus Byrd contract extension is far from finalized and still very much an uncertainty. Even so, Buffalo Bills fans will be glad to hear what two league sources have told me: Preliminary talks have been pleasant so far. Compared to last year’s cold war between Bills senior vice president… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Buffalo Bills will have some extra evaluation time this summer in setting their roster. The team will play a fifth preseason game, against the New York Giants in the annual Hall of Fame game that begins the NFL exhibition season. The game will take place at Fawcett Stadium in… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The University at Buffalo’s Khalil Mack stacks up with elite NFL performers as a physical specimen. That’s no surprise, but that’s what his NFL Scouting Combine numbers showed on Monday. Mack weighed in at 251 pounds. His numbers: 4.65 seconds in the 40, 40-inch vertical jump, 128-inch broad jump, 7.08 3-cone, 4.18… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, February 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The three local players who participated in the NFL scouting combine in Lucas Oil Stadium have booked their results. These are the NFL’s official numbers, with where each mark ranked at his position: University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack 40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds (tied fourth) Bench press: 23… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, February 23, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Buffalo Bills’ top executives view their team as a family. Many of the front office’s most important members have been in place for generations. Newer folks in the organization, including coaches, refer to these people as “lifers.” That’s not a compliment. As written this morning, key coaching… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, February 23, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Buffalo Bills want to maintain more than a semblance of former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s system rather than expect Jim Schwartz to change it again. Capturing the actual sounds of Pettine’s defense might be their best shot at accomplishing that. Most of the voices and minds behind… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, February 23, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Buffalo Bills coaches want to change the organization’s old-school culture, but they seem to be encountering internal resistance. Key members of the staff have told me they want to update the training staff by replacing long-time head athletic trainer Bud Carpenter, but the front office is reluctant to… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, February 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Khalil Mack is the kind of dude who’ll acknowledge a snub by wearing it with honor. Take his No. 46, for instance. Mack’s jersey symbolizes one of his harshest assessments. The Fort Pierce, Fla., native received a single Division I scholarship offer. So he went to the University… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, February 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The depth of this year’s NFL draft pool is legit. Scouts and executives at the NFL scouting combine have marveled over how much talent will be available in May. “I’ve said it, this is the best draft,” Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said. “I’ve been doing this… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, February 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The only thing that might prevent University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack’s draft stock from soaring any higher are several extra layers of ozone. Top 10 pick? Top five pick? How about No. 1 overall? That’s the type of attention NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock claims Mack deserves…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, February 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Do you miss Buffalo? That was the first question new-and-already-beleaguered Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine fielded at his news conference this morning in Lucas Oil Stadium. “Everything but the weather,” Pettine replied. “I joked that I went to Cleveland to get to a nicer climate. I check in… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, February 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell laughed in amazement. For the first time in as long as he can remember, a prospect’s sexual orientation is an issue at the NFL scouting combine. University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced to the world he’s gay. He would be… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, February 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Kiko Alonso was a fixture at middle linebacker last year. Alonso didn’t miss a single play his entire rookie season. But he might not be the Buffalo Bills’ middle linebackers anymore. He could move to a different position if the front office finds more help for new defensive… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, February 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — David Fluellen doesn’t know if he’ll watch the NFL draft at his father’s Kenmore home. The University of Toledo running back is expected to get picked on the third day of the draft. Sitting in front of a television and hearing all those other names get called ahead… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, February 21, 2014

What’s this world coming to, when a teenage Buffalo Bills fan has truthers? Jeff Ruben is the South Florida kid who found a little YouTube fame with a rambling Bills rant while emerging from anesthesia after having four wisdom teeth removed Friday. Ruben and his mother videotaped the hilarious dialogue…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, February 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — John Urschel seems at peace with strapping his beautiful brain into a helmet and ramming things for a few years if he can. Urschel, a math major, earned his degree from Penn State in three years. He posted a 4.0 grade-point average. By the time his football career… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, February 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — What would be the Buffalo Bills’ worst idea for the first round of this year’s draft? Bills fans should brace themselves for this quote from General Manager Doug Whaley today at the NFL scouting combine. “Because of our situation on our roster, we can pick the best player… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, February 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Buffalo Bills have announced they will meet with Jairus Byrd’s agent Saturday to discuss what it will take to re-sign the Pro Bowl safety. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley wouldn’t say today whether the club has decided to use the franchise tag on Byrd for a second… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, February 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Buffalo Bills have personnel issues all over the place, but they don’t believe EJ Manuel is one of them. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said today he will consider every position except quarterback with the ninth overall draft pick. “With the way our roster’s set up right… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Friday, February 21, 2014

Strength of schedule is a flimsy indicator of how an NFL team will perform in an upcoming season. With that caveat out of the way … the Buffalo Bills’ strength of schedule for 2014 is exactly .500. Buffalo’s opponents next season went 127-127-2 in the 2013 regular season. That gives… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, February 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Jacksonville Jaguars are flush with draft picks. Their general manager wants more. The Jaguars hold the third overall draft choice. But David Caldwell, a St. Francis High grad, considers this year’s draft class deeply talented. At the NFL scouting combine Thursday, he said wouldn’t mind trading back… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 20, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed their affection for receiver Mike Williams last year with a six-year, $40 million contract extension. Seven months later, the Bucs might be on the verge of dumping the Riverside High alum. Williams has generated controversy again. This time, he has been accused of… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, February 20, 2014

With perhaps the league’s best 1-2 punch at running back, it wouldn’t seem the position would be high on the Buffalo Bills’ list of offseason needs. But it should be. As The News’ Tim Graham reported earlier today from Indianapolis, site of the NFL Scouting Combine, Bills coach Doug Marrone… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 20, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — John Schneider has proven to know great defensive talent when he sees it. The Seattle Seahawks’ general manager won the Super Bowl with a defense that was obnoxiously awesome. Schneider has identified stars in the first round (safety Earl Thomas), second round (linebacker Bobby Wagner), fifth round (cornerback… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 20, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Doug Marrone expressed confidence Michael Sam would be comfortable with the Buffalo Bills and vice versa. Sam, a defensive end from the University of Missouri, recently revealed he’s homosexual. He would be the NFL’s first openly gay active player. Marrone called Sam “courageous.” Sam is the reining Southeastern… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, February 20, 2014

Kiko Alonso was not widely viewed as a second-round talent heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. The Buffalo Bills, however, made him just that, and Alonso paid them back by turning in a solid rookie season. The Oregon product finished with 159 tackles, third most in the NFL, two sacks,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 20, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Buffalo Bills ranked second in rushing last year. Doug Marrone wasn’t satisfied with that. “We ran the ball well, but I consider running the ball well is when you want to run it you can impose your will and run it,” Marrone said today outside Lucas Oil… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 20, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has reached out to Stevie Johnson to make sure the top receiver doesn’t think the club is down on him. After the season, BuffaloBills.com writer Chris Brown said on WGR 550 the coaching staff was unable to convince Johnson to buy into the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 20, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Buffalo Bills have placed an unmistakable emphasis on preparing EJ Manuel for 2014 better than they did last year. A major part of that, though, depends on Manuel staying off the trainer’s table. “He played last year and really didn’t practice that much,” Bills coach Doug Marrone… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 20, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — While your valiant Buffalo News reporter awaits Bills coach Doug Marrone’s 11:15 a.m. news conference here at the NFL scouting combine, let’s familiarize ourselves with this year’s draft order. The NFL finalized the first round Wednesday with a coin flip to determine the Dallas Cowboys will select 16th… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, February 19, 2014

University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack is considered by many to be a top-10 talent in the upcoming NFL draft. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock asserted Mack is twice that good. “I actually think he’s a top‑five player,” Mayock said Tuesday on a conference call to preview the NFL scouting… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, February 18, 2014

For a generation, watching the Buffalo Bills has felt like having your wisdom teeth yanked out. Little wonder then that having all four of his back molars removed Friday brought Jeff Ruben to tears about his beloved Bills. What made the 17-year-old from South Florida emotional, more accurately, was the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The difference between Mike Pettine and Jim Schwartz shouldn’t alter how the Buffalo Bills view their 2014 defensive needs. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock addressed that topic today on a conference call to preview the NFL scouting combine, which opens this week in Indianapolis. “It’s one of those situations where,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, February 14, 2014

Whenever someone reflects on the 2003 Buffalo Bills season, I marvel at that team’s inability to win. Over the years, I’ve reminisced with a few of those players. They’ll throw up their hands as they rattle off the stars on that roster, especially on defense. In a Sports Illustrated Q&A… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 13, 2014

Jairus Byrd has been tweeting pictures of himself at the Louvre. We can only assume he was at the museum as a tourist, not a shopper. With his next contract, he probably could buy a masterwork or two. Byrd, the three-time Pro Bowl safety, is heading toward free agency for… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new-stadium exploratory committee has generated much chatter about the Buffalo Bills and their future. One of the perpetual talking points is the possibility of relocation after 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson dies. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was a guest Tuesday on WGR 550, and he, as… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz suggested he would all but ignore Michael Sam’s sexuality if the openly gay lineman joined the Buffalo Bills. Schwartz was a guest on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville. He remains popular there. He was on the Tennessee Titans’ staff from 1999 (the Music City Miracle… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have three Pro Bowlers on their defensive line. Mario Williams is the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. Kyle Williams is an eight-year veteran who probably knows more about the finer points of defensive tackle play than most of the defensive line coaches in the league…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to learn details about building the Buffalo Bills a new stadium within the next 10 years. Cuomo’s administration on Monday sent a letter to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Bills President Russ Brandon to inform them he had assembled the beginnings of a committee… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, February 10, 2014

The AFC East looks like a volatile brew for 2014. With major changes happening on coaching staffs or in front offices of the other three clubs, it can be argued the New York Jets are the division’s most stable team. While on Friday’s edition of “TSN Drive” with host Dave… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, February 10, 2014

Cleaning out the notebook from Super Bowl week and came across some interesting comments from Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who I ran into at the NFL awards show at Radio City Music Hall. I asked Harbaugh about his thoughts on the Bills’ offseason moves, namely Jim Schwartz replacing Mike… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, February 9, 2014

Michael Sam eclipsed the Olympics. Sam, the University of Missouri defensive end, captured the sports world’s attention tonight by announcing he’s gay. As a player projected to be drafted in May, Sam would become the first active, openly gay NFL player. Sam’s announcement will be viewed as a social and… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, February 7, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have promoted Clarence native Jason Rebrovich to assistant defensive line coach. Rebrovich served Doug Marrone’s staff last season as defensive quality control coach and now will help new aide Pepper Johnson with the defensive linemen. Rebrovich was a defensive assistant under Marrone at Syracuse University in 2011… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 6, 2014

As Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas did before him, legendary Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed has chosen coach Marv Levy to introduce him for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reed made the announcement on SiriusXM NFL Radio, with Levy also on the line. “Marv, I love you,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 6, 2014

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has returned to his Syracuse coaching staff to fill a hole. The Bills announced this morning Rob Moore will coach their wide receivers. The Bills fired receivers coach Ike Hilliard after the season. Moore spent 12 years in the NFL and coached receivers at Syracuse,… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Buffalo Franchise Preservation Fund got its public kickoff in Sunday’s edition of The Buffalo News. Today’s News follows up with a report that initial reaction to the idea among fans is positive. The goal of the project is to raise between $100 million and $170 million for a fund… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, February 2, 2014

Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats was named the winner of the United Way Team NFL Playoff Challenge on Sunday. One player from each NFL team encouraged as many fans as possible to pledge to volunteer to their community. Moats and Seattle’s Cliff Avril made the final twosome heading into Super… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, February 2, 2014

Former Buffalo Bills wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert must feel like he’s won the lottery. Tolbert, currently the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos, gets to work with a group of receivers who are producing in a historical way. The Broncos’ top three receivers — Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, February 2, 2014

This year’s Super Bowl is a heavyweight blockbuster: the all-time greatest offense against the NFL’s best defense. Sunday night will be the first time in 24 years — since the Buffalo Bills went to their first Super Bowl — that the No. 1 scoring offense will face the No. 1… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, February 1, 2014

NEW YORK — Bills greats Marv Levy, Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith were among the many celebrities who walked the red carpet this evening at Radio City Music Hall as part of the NFL’s third annual awards show. Kelly, the franchise’s all-time leading quarterback, spoke with The News about the current… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, February 1, 2014

How many times will Peyton Manning shout “Omaha!” in the Super Bowl? Online betting site Bovada.lv has set the over-under at 27.5 times. But the real question over the past few weeks: What the hell does “Omaha!” even mean? I can’t answer that one, but legendary Buffalo Bills coach Marv… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, February 1, 2014

NEW YORK — We’ll know this evening if the Buffalo Bills have another Pro Football Hall of Famer. Wide receiver Andre Reed is a semifinalist for the eighth time, but he keeps getting boxed out by other receivers. The frustrating process has gotten repetitive for Reed, as new and worthy… Read more

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII is just one day away. The game will be held in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the first time in the history of the Super Bowl that a game will be held outdoors in a cold-weather city. Game-time temperature is expected to be in the low 30s and may drop… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 31, 2014

The Buffalo Bills announced tonight Pepper Johnson will be their new defensive line coach, and Fred Pagac will be their linebackers coach. The moves help remake a defensive staff decimated by last week’s departure of coordinator Mike Pettine to become Cleveland Browns head coach. Pettine is in the process of… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 31, 2014

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has added another notable assistant to his staff. The Bills have hired longtime New England Patriots defensive assistant Pepper Johnson, who left the defending AFC East champs this month after 14 years under Bill Belichick. The Bills have been rebuilding their defensive staff since coordinator… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 31, 2014

NEW YORK — Oh, what might have been for Jim Overdorf. If not for tax breaks in Ohio, the Buffalo Bills’ under-the-radar contract negotiator would have been movie star Jennifer Garner’s muse. Garner was a guest with “TSN Drive” host Dave Naylor and me today at the Super Bowl media… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 31, 2014

NEW YORK — Fred Jackson’s rooting interests will be with his old Buffalo Bills backfield mate Sunday. “I’ve got to go with Beast Mode, being that Marshawn Lynch was in Buffalo,” Jackson told me this afternoon at the Super Bowl media center in Manhattan. “I think he’s going to have… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Friday, January 31, 2014

NEW YORK — Bills running back Fred Jackson today expressed his faith in quarterback EJ Manuel. “I think he’s going to be the guy that we need to be, it’s just about keeping him healthy and getting him more reps,” Jackson said, speaking with a small group of reporters at… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, January 31, 2014

One underrated reason Denver quarterback Peyton Manning set NFL records for passing yards and touchdowns this season: He always was able to step up in the pocket. Manning is the best quarterback in the league – and statistics suggest ever – at avoiding sacks. His middle three is very good, with… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, January 30, 2014

NEW YORK — EJ Manuel asked the question, and I don’t believe he enjoyed my answer. In a brief interview session this afternoon at the Super Bowl media center in Manhattan, the subject of the Buffalo Bills drafting another quarterback was broached. “I don’t know,” Manuel said. “I’ll have to… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, January 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Bills quarterback EJ Manuel underwent a second surgery on his left knee earlier this month following the conclusion of the 2013 season. “It was a minor procedure,” Manuel said today in the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, site of the media center for Super Bowl XXVIII…. Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, January 30, 2014

Buffalo Bills Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is in New York City making corporate appearances and some media interviews at Super Bowl XLVIII. Kelly said he is pulling hard for teammate Andre Reed to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame on his eighth try as a finalist on Saturday. Kelly… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, January 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Marshawn Lynch broke free of the Buffalo Bills like he was running off tackle and into daylight. “You know, it was an opportunity for me to go and see if there was something else out there,” Lynch said Wednesday. “I’m glad I got the chance to do… Read more

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Bills made history in Super Bowl XXVIII by becoming the only NFL team to appear in four consecutive championship games. That feat has never been repeated. The third time wasn’t the charm for the Bills in the Super Bowl, but now they had another shot at the title against the defending… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NEW YORK – The Buffalo Bills added to their coaching staff today by naming Jim Hostler a senior offensive assistant. Hostler comes to the Bills from last season’s Super Bowl winners, the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he’s spent the past six seasons as wide receivers coach. He has 15 years… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NEW YORK – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a fleeting connection to the Buffalo Bills. Carroll worked for the team for one season, as defensive backs coach in 1984. Asked this week whether he had any recollection of his time in Western New York, Carroll succinctly said: “Yeah, we were… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NEW YORK — Stevie Johnson had no problem catching Randy Moss’ attention years ago. “I remember one game where he tore Darrelle Revis’ head completely off,” Moss told me Tuesday at the Super Bowl media center in Manhattan. “He had Revis spinning in circles. “I said to myself, ‘Man, this… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NEW YORK — The time has come for Andre Reed to finally get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That from a one-time adversary of Reed and the Buffalo Bills, and a Hall of Famer himself, in former Dallas Cowboys great Michael Irvin. “There’s no way that you don’t… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NEW YORK — Brian Urlacher is excited about the NFL’s group of up-and-coming linebackers. Near the top of his list is Buffalo Bills rookie Kiko Alonso. Urlacher, the former Chicago Bears middle linebacker, received the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award 13 years ago. He said Alonso deserves the honor… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NEW YORK — Sunglasses on and hood up, Marshawn Lynch took questions from reporters for a little more than 6 minutes today as part of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. That answered one of the more fascinating questions of the week surrounding the former Bills running back and current Seahawks… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NEW YORK — Tarvaris Jackson’s lone season with the Buffalo Bills was forgettable for both player and team. In fact, in Jackson’s mind, it never even happened. “I’ve erased last year from my mind. I don’t remember anything from the Bills,” he said today inside the Prudential Center in Newark,… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Buffalo Bills today granted permission for defensive line coach Anthony Weaver to interview for the same position with the Cleveland Browns, a likely precursor to him leaving. Weaver, 33, came to the Bills last season along with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who last week accepted Cleveland’s head-coaching position. Bills… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. — There aren’t many Buffalo Bills fans around Pensacola, Fla. New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars … All those teams make sense for folks in Florida’s panhandle. But a Bills fan grew up there, was thrilled by the K-gun offense there and got taunted… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Former NFL quarterbacking great Rich Gannon worked color commentary for CBS for the Buffalo Bills’ worst performance of the 2013 season, the 27-6 loss at Tampa Bay in Week 14. Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel threw four interceptions in the game, two of which were his fault. He completed 18… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Here’s another look at the defensive numbers put up by Jim Schwartz’s teams. Schwartz, the Buffalo Bills’ new defensive coordinator, always has run a 4-3 base front, and that’s very likely what he will do in his new job. He is not known as a big blitzer, a gambler. He… Read more

Monday, January 27, 2014

Jim Schwartz acknowledged that he wanted to be careful about his next job opportunity after being fired as head coach of the Detroit Lions. But to hear him talk about the opportunity he has to work with the Buffalo Bills as their defensive coordinator, it sounded like saying “yes” to… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, January 24, 2014

The Buffalo Bills wasted no time in finding a replacement for Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator, and it is a high-profile replacement. The Bills announced tonight they have hired Jim Schwartz as their new defensive chief. Schwartz was fired earlier this month after four seasons as head coach of the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, January 23, 2014

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd expressed happiness for Mike Pettine. But Byrd didn’t want to share how he felt about Pettine leaving the Bills to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns today. “The ability to be a head coach in this league is hard to come by,” Byrd told… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Buffalo Bills emailed a statement from coach Doug Marrone about defensive coordinator Mike Pettine: “I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Mike on becoming the Browns new head coach and thank him for all of his time and efforts with our team this past season. He did an… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have been so bad for so long, we’ve become rather numb to it. Generations have discussed the Bills’ lousy records, their quarterback troubles and their consistent inability to make the playoffs. My communications students at Canisius College know the term “cognitive dissonance.” Our text book, “Media Writing:… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, January 23, 2014

Throughout another unfulfilling Buffalo Bills season, new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s work was a glowing highlight. Flip that switch. Pettine’s gone, and for the fifth time in six seasons, the Bills will name another defensive coordinator. The Cleveland Browns just announced they have hired Pettine to be their new head… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine just got a little closer to leaving the Buffalo Bills. Pettine’s chances to get an offer from the Cleveland Browns to be their head coach improved significantly this morning. Multiple reports state a top candidate, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, has informed the Browns he’s… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Based on feedback I’ve received from Buffalo Bills fans, the general consensus goes something like this: Paul Posluszny is a stiff. Kiko Alonso is a legend. The NFL community disagreed Monday night, when former Bills captain Posluszny and not Alonso was sent to the Pro Bowl as the second alternate… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kiko Alonso isn’t going to the Pro Bowl. Marcell Dareus is. Dareus was chosen to replace San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith. Dareus was a breakout performer and will make his first Pro Bowl appearance. He will join fellow Buffalo Bills defensive linemen Mario Williams and Kyle Williams and… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, January 20, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. — You know Doug Marrone would love to keep defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on his coaching staff. You also know Marrone respects the fact there are only 32 men on the planet who are at the very top of the football coaching profession – as head men in… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, January 20, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. — Bills coach Doug Marrone said today he would like to add a quarterbacks coach to his staff of offensive assistants. Marrone is interviewing candidates for his vacant receivers coaching job. He might have to wind up replacing defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who is under consideration for the… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, January 20, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. — The pro football world has convened in Mobile for the Senior Bowl this week, but one person not here is soon-to-be pro linebacker Khalil Mack of the University at Buffalo. Mack is expected to be picked in the top half of the first round of the NFL… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, January 20, 2014

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick lobbed an uncharacteristic verbal grenade this morning. Belichick accused his former star, Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker, of trying to intentionally hurt Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib on a pick play early in the second quarter. The collision knocked Talib out of the game. “I… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, January 20, 2014

Looks like the Buffalo Bills might dangle another couple weeks over Mike Pettine’s future with the team. Pettine, coming off an impressive first season as Bills defensive coordinator, is a candidate for the Cleveland Browns’ coaching vacancy. But the Browns may prefer to wait for a pair of coordinators who… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, January 20, 2014

Maybe Marshawn Lynch wasn’t worth the trouble. But he’s obviously more valuable than what the Buffalo Bills got for him. Lynch especially will be on our minds for the next couple weeks. The one-man stampede helped power the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl, rushing for 109 yards and a… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 17, 2014

The Buffalo Bills’ special teams were underwhelming this season. Anybody who watched them realized that. Data confirmed the Bills were among the worst in the NFL. Every year, football insiders look forward to the release of Dallas Morning News reporter Rick Gosselin’s special-teams rankings. Gosselin’s analysis is done by ranking… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cleveland Browns fans aren’t as excited about the possibility of Mike Pettine as Buffalo Bills fans are worried about losing him. Cleveland sounds like it’s in full-scale wallow mode over the Browns’ coaching search. At least that’s the vibe I got during this morning’s segment with “Kiley & Booms” on… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, January 15, 2014

By Mark Gaughan The Buffalo Bills have created two openings on their assistant coaching staff by their own choosing. They could get another vacancy that wasn’t in their plans. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is scheduled to interview with the Cleveland Browns for their open head-coaching job. The Bills confirmed Wednesday… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bill Lazor looked like a nice tale about a former University at Buffalo coach getting a chance to call plays in the NFL. ESPN reported Tuesday night the Detroit Lions were expected to hire Lazor as offensive coordinator. But he’s going to become a lot more relevant than that to… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, January 15, 2014

By Mark Gaughan Former Buffalo Bills defensive back Steve Freeman has been named to the crew of officials that will work Super Bowl XLVIII. Freeman, who played for the Bills from 1975 to 1986, is the back judge for the game. The referee is Terry McAulay. Officials must be rated… Read more

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rich Stadium, Jan. 15, 1994. It was winter, but it was not any ordinary winter’s day. The temperature was 0, the wind-chill factor minus-32. And the red-hot L.A. Raiders were in town to play the Bills in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. It remains the coldest game the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Perhaps two coaches with local ties will become the NFL’s newest offensive coordinators. The San Diego Chargers promoted former Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich today. The Detroit Lions reportedly are expected to hire former University at Buffalo assistant Bill Lazor. Chargers coach Mike McCoy wasted little time in naming Reich,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, January 14, 2014

It is one man’s opinion. The man delivering it, though, has an influential voice within the closed-door meeting that will determine this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class. Sports Illustrated writer Peter King on Monday predicted Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed will miss the final cut again. From… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have signed three more players, including Arcade native Randy Colling, to futures contracts. Also added to the roster were former Baltimore Ravens running back Anthony Allen and defensive end Kourtnei Brown. Colling attended Pioneer High and Div. II Gannon University in Erie, Pa. He spent 2013 as… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By Mark Gaughan Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso was NFL defensive rookie of the year in a vote of the Pro Football Writers of America. Meanwhile, no Bills made the PFWA’s all-pro or All-AFC teams. Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy won the overall NFL rookie of the year award… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone hasn’t explained Monday’s decision to fire linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach. The club sent out a one-sentence statement to announce the decision. Driesbach told his hometown paper he doesn’t know why he was dismissed either. “I have no idea what happened,” Driesbach told Doylestown Intelligencer reporter… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, January 13, 2014

Doug Marrone has dismissed another member of his coaching staff. The Buffalo Bills announced today that linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach has been fired. He’s the second assistant to go. Receivers coach Ike Hilliard was fired right after the season ended. Driesbach’s players posted admirable stats, but as a unit they… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, January 11, 2014

It’s that time of year. Mock draft season is about to get in full swing, and ESPN’s Todd McShay has released his first look at how the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft may play out. McShay gives the Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Taylor Lewan of Michigan with the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 10, 2014

I can keep an open mind about stuff. This blog post will be an exercise in going through the process of figuring out whether selected data should change my opinion about EJ Manuel’s rookie season. BuffaloBills.com writer Chris Brown posted a story today with the headline “Manuel’s play late in… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 10, 2014

Brian Moorman wasn’t feeling anxious about his future anymore. For weeks, the veteran punter worried whether the Buffalo Bills would want him back. He was buoyant by this afternoon. While he and his wife prepared to take their 4-year-old son sledding, Moorman stopped for a few moments to imagine punting… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 10, 2014

Brian Moorman feared Dec. 22 would be his final game in Ralph Wilson Stadium. The popular punter knows the game catches up with everyone eventually, even two-time Pro Bowlers. “I tried to take a few extra seconds to look around,” Moorman told me at his locker stall then. “I tried… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, January 9, 2014

By Mark Gaughan Maybe the eighth time will be the charm for Andre Reed and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reed, the Buffalo Bills’ all-time greatest receiver, made the list of 15 modern-era finalists for induction into the football shrine, just as he has done every year since 2007…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, January 9, 2014

A handful of us local media types advocate the Buffalo Bills consider something unusual this year and draft another quarterback in the first round. ESPN draft monger Mel Kiper apparently doesn’t agree with Jay Skurski, Joe Buscaglia and me. Kiper, when breaking down quarterbacks in May’s draft, doesn’t consider the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, January 8, 2014

As if Western New York hasn’t endured enough this week. Looks like we won’t be hosting a Super Bowl. (Insert sad foghorn sound here.) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sat down Tuesday night for a lengthy interview with former Associated Press White House correspondent Ben Feller at the 92nd St. YMCA… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, January 6, 2014

Chan Gailey went through a rebuilding year in 2013. There he was again, on his hands and knees, trying to cultivate a winner. He planted the seeds and hoped to watch his prospects grow. Eventually, though, the former Buffalo Bills head coach realized a serious problem. “I botched it,” Gailey… Read more

Friday, January 3, 2014

Twenty-one years ago today, one of the most transcendent games in NFL history took place in Orchard Park. The Buffalo Bills rallied from 32 points down in the third quarter to shock the Houston Oilers — and the world — in Rich Stadium. Buffalo’s unfathomable overtime playoff victory is known… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 3, 2014

Buffalo Bills defenders keep collecting postseason honors for their work in 2013. Defensive end Mario Williams and safety Jairus Byrd were named second-team All-Pro today. They were the only Bills to make it. The All-Pro squad is substantially more selective than the Pro Bowl. There is only one All-Pro roster,… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, January 2, 2014

By Mark Gaughan Cooler heads have prevailed in the dispute between Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams and his former fiancé over an engagement ring worth $785,000. Williams and Erin Marzouki released a joint statement today saying they have reached a settlement agreement regarding the ring. Terms were not released. The… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Our weekly rundown — and yearly wrap up — on BN Blitz of the players from Western New York (along with the University at Buffalo) currently in the NFL: Steven Means: The Buffalo native and Grover Cleveland and University at Buffalo product — a rookie defensive end with the Tampa Bay… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kiko Alonso didn’t bellow about this year or next on locker cleanout day. The Buffalo Bills’ rookie linebacker doesn’t ever declare much of anything. New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson takes a different approach. He has proclaimed himself the best defensive rookie of 2013. After the Jets’ season-ending victory… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, December 31, 2013

By Mark Gaughan Time for some Buffalo News self-promotion … but valid self-promotion. News sports writer Tim Graham was named the “NFL team writer of the year” by the Big Lead Podcast, which is hosted by Jason Lisk. The site praised Graham for “his work on a variety of pieces, many… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Jairus Byrd noticed the venom being spat at him. People emotionally invested in the Buffalo Bills didn’t like how he handled his contract dispute. Many thought he was greedy and then, when foot injuries kept him off the field for five weeks, a malingerer. “I’d be lying if I said… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, December 30, 2013

Quarterback EJ Manuel said today he has been informed by coach Doug Marrone that he will be the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback in 2014. “I know for me personally, I’m going to always continue to work hard and make sure I’m ready to go. I do know I’m the leader… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, December 30, 2013

“Byrd Man! Byrd Man! Byrd Man!” Aaron Williams bellowed this morning as he hung a white Buffalo Bills jersey outside Jairus Byrd’s locker stall. Players packed up their things at One Bills Drive and headed wherever they go when the season is over. Byrd made a brief appearance earlier, but… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 29, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Buffalo Bills spent all season trying to reboot their organization. Culture change is more than a buzzword, especially for a team that has missed the playoffs 14 years running and is on its fifth head coach in the past 11 seasons. The Bills have stressed accountability… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Buffalo Bills completed their third straight 6-10 season and fourth in the past five years today with a 34-20 loss to the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. Buffalo has now finished in last place in the AFC East for six straight seasons. In doing so, the Bills “earned”… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 29, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills’ soggy, season-ending loss to the New England Patriots … What it means: The Bills finished 6-10 for the second straight season and still haven’t won in Gillette Stadium. Player of the game: Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount had 334 all-purpose yards… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 29, 2013

Backup quarterback Thad Lewis directed a seven-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 12-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Graham today late in the third quarter at Gillette Stadium, and the Buffalo Bills are officially hanging around against the New England Patriots. Lewis earlier on the drive connected with Graham on… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 29, 2013

Jairus Byrd’s ankle injury late in the first quarter today at Gillette Stadium has left the Buffalo Bills without their top two safeties against the New England Patriots. It showed on LeGarrette Blount’s 36-yard touchdown run that gave the Patriots a 13-3 lead in the second quarter. Blount burst through… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 29, 2013

A week after being suspended for the first quarter of Buffalo’s home finale, Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is sitting out the entire first half of today’s season finale against the New England Patriots. News Sports Reporter Tim Graham is reporting that Dareus is taking a seat for the first… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 29, 2013

By Mark Gaughan The Buffalo Bills will play the teams in the AFC West and NFC North divisions in 2014. Buffalo will play host to Kansas City, San Diego, Green Bay, Minnesota and Cleveland in non-division games. The Bills will visit Denver, Oakland, Chicago, Detroit and Houston in non-division road… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 29, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — EJ Manuel’s season officially over. The Buffalo Bills have deactivated their rookie quarterback for today’s finale in Gillette Stadium. Jeff Tuel will serve as Thad Lewis’ backup. Manuel is out with a sprained left knee. His final stat line is 180 of 306 (58.8 percent) for 1,972… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, December 27, 2013

Two Buffalo Bills defenders finished first at their positions in Pro Bowl fan balloting. Neither of them was chosen for the honor. Not yet anyway. But three Bills are going back. The NFL announced tonight Jairus Byrd, Kyle Williams and Mario Williams were chosen for the Pro Bowl. Fans already… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, December 27, 2013

Signs of the Buffalo Bills’ resurrected defense can be found on the stat sheet and at the ballot box. Fan voting has closed for the Pro Bowl, and a pair of Bills defenders finished at the top of their positions. A late surge placed Marcell Dareus first at defensive tackle…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, December 27, 2013

One hundred ten percent has dwindled all the way to zero. Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone declared 11 days ago he was 110 percent certain EJ Manuel’s injured left knee would be healthy enough to start Sunday’s season finale. Today, Marrone announced Thad Lewis will start against the New England… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, December 26, 2013

By Mark Gaughan It’s looking more likely that Thad Lewis will get the start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills Sunday, but coach Doug Marrone would not name a starter Thursday for the game against the New England Patriots. Manuel was limited in practice Thursday, while Lewis was a full participant,… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Buffalo Bills have another losing record and missed the playoffs a 14th straight season. We’ve known that for a couple weeks. Yet they still have much to play for — some of it symbolic, some of it tangible. A victory Sunday over the New England Patriots would: Give the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Tuesday, December 24, 2013

EJ Manuel’s status for Sunday’s season finale remains murky. Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said the team will evaluate Manuel’s sprained left knee throughout the week to determine if the rookie quarterback can play Sunday versus the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. Manuel split snaps with backup Thad Lewis… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, December 23, 2013

Robert Woods experienced a first he’d rather not have Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium — getting tossed from a football game. Woods was ejected in the third quarter of Buffalo’s 19-0 victory after throwing a punch at Dolphins safety Reshad Jones at the conclusion of a… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, December 23, 2013

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone this afternoon didn’t put a percentage on the chances of rookie quarterback EJ Manuel starting Sunday’s season finale against the New England Patriots, but it sounded decidedly less than the “110 percent” it was last week. “EJ came in today. Obviously he was with the… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Monday, December 23, 2013

The Buffalo Bills checked one item off their season-ending to-do list today when they agreed to a three-year contract extension with defensive lineman Alan Branch. Branch, who turns 29 Sunday when the Bills close out the regular season at New England, has started 12 games this year in his first… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Buffalo Bills shut out the Miami Dolphins today with breakout defensive tackle Marcell Dareus watching from the sideline for the first quarter . Bills coach Doug Marrone benched Dareus as punishment for breaking an unspecified team rule this week. Dareus said, “It was probably one of the hardest quarters… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fred Jackson admitted to being a “little sore” following today’s 19-0 victory against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That’s understandable. Jackson confirmed to The Buffalo News after the game that he played through broken ribs — making his 111-yard, one-touchdown performance all the more impressive. “You want to… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 22, 2013

Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills’ victory over the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium … What it means: The Bills are 6-9. They have matched last season’s win total, swept the Dolphins for the first time since 2007 and posted their first shutout in Ralph Wilson Stadium since 2006… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Buffalo Bills are down to three healthy receivers this afternoon. Rookie Robert Woods was ejected from today’s game in the third quarter after throwing a punch at Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones. Woods was furious as he screamed at the officials after the play. Fellow rookie Marquise Goodwin was… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fred Jackson continues to get it done for the Buffalo Bills. Jackson scored on a 9-yard run in the second quarter today at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the only touchdown so far for the Bills, who hold a 10-0 lead against the Miami Dolphins at halftime. Jackson has carried eight times… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Buffalo Bills’ pass rushers are at it again today. The Bills recorded two sacks of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. They now have 51 for the season — breaking the unofficial team record of 50 set in 1964. Sacks did not… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tight end Tony Moeaki will make his Buffalo Bills debut this afternoon against the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills running back Fred Jackson, as expected, will play after missing practice time with sore ribs. All the inactives: Miami Dolphins Quarterback Pat Devlin Running back Mike Gillislee Guard David… Read more

Sunday, December 22, 2013

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By Tim Graham » Saturday, December 21, 2013

When it comes to making a wager, the Buffalo Bills remain a muddled play. They’ve been unpredictable and inconsistent. Now they’re injured at key positions for Sunday’s home finale against the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium. While Miami is surging toward a playoff berth, Buffalo is falling apart and… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, December 20, 2013

The Buffalo Bills will be without not only rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, but also two other important starters Sunday versus the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Top receiver Stevie Johnson will not play because of his mother’s death. Strong safety Aaron Williams won’t play because of injured ribs. Bills… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Buffalo Bills have a lot of time and money invested in EJ Manuel. You can say they have future assets invested him, too, if you believe they will refuse to take another quarterback early in May’s draft. It’s time for the Bills to force Manuel to wear braces on… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Buffalo Bills announced the expected this afternoon: Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins has officially not sold out and thus will be blacked out on local television. It’s the first blackout of the season for the Bills, and only the second in the NFL this year (Cincinnati at San… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Buffalo Bills defenders keep bolstering their status among their NFL peers in fan Pro Bowl voting. In this week’s update, rookie Kiko Alonso remains first at inside linebacker and fourth among all defenders, while defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and free safety Jairus Byrd inch upward in the polls. Pro Bowl… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 18, 2013

If my Twitter feedback is any indication, then EJ Manuel doesn’t have to wonder about be labeled injury-prone. It already has happened. The Buffalo Bills’ rookie quarterback has made a disconcerting first impression with his third knee injury in four months. Manuel hurt his left knee in the preseason, his… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 18, 2013

EJ Manuel is coming off perhaps his most satisfying game. He notched the first road victory of his career Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. He got better as the afternoon unfolded. His 105.0 passer rating was the second-highest of his rookie campaign. He ran for a touchdown…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 18, 2013

For the third time in four months, Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has been sidelined with a knee injury. Bills coach Doug Marrone announced this afternoon Manuel won’t play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Backup quarterback Thad Lewis will start. Jeff Tuel will be the… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Our weekly rundown on BN Blitz of the players from Western New York (along with the University at Buffalo) currently in the NFL: Steven Means: The Buffalo native and Grover Cleveland and University at Buffalo product — a rookie defensive end with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — made one tackle in… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, December 16, 2013

Obligations to Stevie Johnson’s family and team could be in conflict this week. Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone might choose to eliminate the burden for him. Johnson’s mother died unexpectedly Saturday at her Northern California home. Rhonda Lewis was 48. Johnson will fly to California to mourn with his family…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, December 16, 2013

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has another knee injury. Bills coach Doug Marrone announced this afternoon Manuel sprained his left knee during Sunday’s 27-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The injury is believed to be minor, but Marrone revealed it today because Manuel will appear on Wednesday’s injury report… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, December 16, 2013

The Buffalo Bills got pushed around a little bit Sunday, but they shoved back harder. On this week’s visit with Shredd and Ragan on 103.3 The Edge, we talked about the Bills’ opportunistic defense and effective-enough offense in a 27-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Click on… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 15, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Stevie Johnson’s right forearm is consumed by a tattoo flame that rises from a name inscribed on his wrist. “Rhonda” flows in cursive. Rhonda Lewis is his mother. She died Saturday at her home in Northern California. She was 48. Johnson received a call from his stepfather,… Read more

By Jerry Sullivan » Sunday, December 15, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For awhile there, it seems as though EJ Manuel might have an even worse game that he had the week before in Tampa. Manuel missed on his first four passes here Sunday. His fourth throw was a horrendous pass to the left flat that was picked off… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 15, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills’ victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field … What it means: The Bills snapped a two-game losing skid and won for only the second time in seven games.  They are 5-9 and have two more chances to notch one more… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Buffalo Bills’ lead is in danger of evaporating today against the Jacksonville Jaguars in EverBank Field. Buffalo leads, 20-13, after three quarters, but the fourth quarter will start with the Jaguars driving. After turning in one of his best quarters of the season, rookie quarterback EJ Manuel was not… Read more

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bills safety Aaron Williams left the game with injured ribs with 9:21 left in the fourth quarter. He was replaced by Da’Norris Searcy. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus also left the game with an ankle injury. He did not return. Receiver Marquise Goodwin was shaken up after taking a hit to… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 15, 2013

EJ Manuel gave the Buffalo Bills — and their fans — exactly what they needed to see in the second quarter today at EverBank Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the Jaguars took a 10-3 lead on the first play of the second quarter, the Bills’ offense went three and… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 15, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson’s mother died unexpectedly Saturday at her Northern California home, The Buffalo News has learned. A search of public records shows Rhonda Lewis was 48. A family associate who didn’t want to be identified told The News that Johnson was “devastated” to learn… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Buffalo Bills’ defense set the offense up in good field position twice during the first quarter of today’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. But it didn’t result in much. Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has had a brutal start to his afternoon, going 2 of 7 for… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 15, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The inactive lists for this afternoon’s game at EverBank Field seem to tilt in the Buffalo Bills’ favor. Bills leading tackler Kiko Alonso will play, while Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew, top receiver Cecil Shorts and starting safety Johnathan Cyprien will not. Jones Drew has… Read more

Sunday, December 15, 2013

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By Tim Graham » Saturday, December 14, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As far as I know, David Caldwell and Gus Bradley don’t finish each other’s sentences. They do tell the same story about their first serendipitous meeting. “It’s got to be a marriage between the GM and head coach,” Bradley told me Friday at EverBank Field. “In my… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, December 14, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For most fantasy football leagues, the playoffs have begun. If you’re like me, you didn’t make the playoffs this year. If you’re like me, you couldn’t seem to find a reliable receiver to complement your superstar quarterback and backfield. If you’re like me, you’ve sworn never to… Read more

By Tim Graham » Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Buffalo Bills have been a maddening wager to figure out all year. Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars presents perhaps the most dissonant case yet. “It’s tough to say which Bills team is going to show up,” Las Vegas handicapper and Buffalo State grad Joel Staniszewski said. “It’s tough… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, December 13, 2013

By Mark Gaughan Buffalo Bills fourth-year linebacker Arthur Moats Friday was named the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year, and he also received the team’s Ed Block Courage Award. The Payton award honors a player on every team for their volunteer and charity work along with contributions on the… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, December 13, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — While at EverBank Field for an interview with Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager and St. Francis High grad David Caldwell, I was able to attend Gus Bradley’s final injury update for Sunday’s game here against the Buffalo Bills. Bradley declared star running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and starting… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, December 13, 2013

By Mark Gaughan Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso was only able to work on a limited basis in Friday’s practice due to a sore knee and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Jacksonville. “Today he tweaked it,” coach Doug Marrone said after the Bills’ 90-minute session in the field house…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, December 13, 2013

On the subject of drafting another quarterback in the first round, many Buffalo Bills fans stress teams simply don’t do that two years in a row. “Sure, you could,” replied Bill Polian, the former Buffalo Bills general manager and Indianapolis Colts president. The Bills likely will be slotted in the… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, December 12, 2013

By Mark Gaughan The Buffalo Bills could get a break on the injury front in Jacksonville Sunday. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew did not practice Thursday, and neither did receiver Cecil Shorts. “I think they’re both very questionable,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said after the team’s practice. “Right now we’ve… Read more

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, December 12, 2013

By Mark Gaughan Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has 912,595 followers on twitter, as of Thursday morning. As a thank you to his fans and followers, he’s running a “13 Days of Christmas” giveaway. He’s handing out prizes for 13 days, culminating with a gift of a 70-inch Vizio television on Christmas… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, December 12, 2013

The word “consistency” often is little more than vague coachspeak, a category that can be filed alongside “mental toughness” and “focus.” The Buffalo Bills have been harping the past few weeks about being more consistent. Wednesday afternoon, coach Doug Marrone provided an illuminating, clarifying example. “What I’m struggling with –… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kiko Alonso has a knack for getting fans excited. His coach is a huge fan, too. Alonso isn’t playing as torridly as in September, but when asked for a summation of the rookie linebacker’s season, Bills coach Doug Marrone delivered some of the most praiseful comments we’ve heard from him…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Buffalo Bills right guard Kraig Urbik’s left foot is in a walking boot, jeopardizing his ability to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. J.J. ‘Unga, signed three weeks ago off the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad, absorbed Urbik’s reps today in practice. “I think it’s going to be… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Buffalo Bills rookie Kiko Alonso continues to thrive among all NFL defenders in Pro Bowl fan balloting. Alonso ranks first at inside linebacker and fourth on defense with 306,054 votes, the NFL announced today. He’s behind only Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Seattle… Read more

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Bills activated defensive back Jonathan Meeks from the injured reserve/designated to return to the 53-man roster and released linebacker Jamaal Westerman. Meeks, a fifth-round pick last April, went on injured reserve Oct. 14 but returned to practice Nov. 25…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, December 9, 2013

Doug Marrone wants to give Marquise Goodwin more work. Marrone wants T.J. Graham to work more. As colleague Miguel Rodriguez wrote earlier today, the Buffalo Bills’ speedy receivers have been shut out over the past two games…. Read more

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, December 9, 2013

A day after a listless, lifeless and just downright horrible showing by the Bills during their 27-6 loss in Tampa Bay, accountability was the main topic during the player-interview segment during the hour the locker room was… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, December 9, 2013

Walls should need new coats of paint in One Bills Drive. The old stuff should get peeled off the wall today while Buffalo Bills coaches and players review the film from Sunday’s 27-6 abomination against the Tampa… Read more

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, December 9, 2013

Who knew that T.J. Graham’s and Marquise Goodwin’s breakout games this year would take place not just in a game where the Bills played without their top two receivers but also on a windy, miserable day at… Read more

By Tim Graham » Monday, December 9, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — In a week when NFL touchdowns were easier to order than a Super Pack at Mighty Taco, the Buffalo Bills turned in one of the worst offensive performances in their history. Da’Rick Rogers, an… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 8, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — At a time when Buffalo Bills fans hoped they’d know more about rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, coach Doug Marrone delivered some sobering news. Marrone said after Sunday’s comprehensive, 27-6 loss to the Tampa Bay… Read more

By Jerry Sullivan » Sunday, December 8, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — By now, I’ve come to learn that you never know what Stevie Johnson is going to do or say next. After Sunday’s 27-6 loss to the Bucs, he talked about the importance of players… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 8, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — Buccaneers kicker Rian Lindell had a grand time facing his old team Sunday. Lindell went 2 for 2 on field goals, including a 53-yarder in the second quarter that had plenty of leg to… Read more

Sunday, December 8, 2013

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By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 8, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium … What it means: The Bills stink. They had five turnovers, allowed seven sacks, gave up way too… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 8, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — EJ Manuel’s nightmare afternoon continued in the third quarter today at Raymond James Stadium. Manuel threw two more interceptions, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open a 27-6 lead. Manuel was picked off by linebacker… Read more

Sunday, December 8, 2013

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By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 8, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel’s season-long struggles on the road are continuing today in Raymond James Stadium. Manuel threw a pair of interceptions in the second quarter, and the Buffalo offense is mustering very little… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Sunday, December 8, 2013

It took all of 4 seconds for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to jump ahead of the Buffalo Bills today in Raymond James Stadium. Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey raced 80 yards down the left sideline for a… Read more

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Buffalo Bills defensive back Ron Brooks was injured covering a punt with 1:10 left in the first quarter, but was able to return to play in the second quarter. He was treated on the field after getting caught between two… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 8, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — A few Buffalo Bills youngsters will get a chance to show what they can do this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium. Activated today are a few players who haven’t… Read more

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 8, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — Things change quickly in the NFL. Last week, we were talking about the Buffalo Bills being a favorite three, maybe four straight games. Now we’re back to the idea they probably won’t be favored… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, December 6, 2013

Of the Buffalo Bills’ four tight ends, the one who gets talked about the least is Lee Smith. That’s because he has been quietly doing his grunt job all year. Smith has three catches for 47 yards… Read more

By Tim Graham » Friday, December 6, 2013

The Buffalo Bills will be healthy for Sunday’s road game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bills coach Doug Marrone announced only receiver Marquise Goodwin (calf) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles) are on the final injury report,… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tony Moeaki’s first practice with the Buffalo Bills went well, but he’s not expected to play Sunday, according to coach Doug Marrone. “Schematically, I don’t want to give anything away, but obviously I don’t think so,” Marrone… Read more

By Tim Graham » Thursday, December 5, 2013

To everything, churn, churn, churn … In hopes of maximizing personnel, the Buffalo Bills have been busy rototilling the bottom part of their roster and practice squad this fall. Over the past nine weeks, the Bills have… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rookie receiver Marquise Goodwin suffered a minor calf injury that forced him to leave today’s practice early, Bills coach Doug Marrone said earlier today. Marrone, though, expects Goodwin to be available to play Sunday against Tampa Bay…. Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Buffalo Bills and many observers believe it will happen eventually, but this will not be the year cornerback Stephon Gilmore establishes himself as a shutdown defender. In Thursday’s paper, Buffalo News senior columnist Jerry Sullivan takes… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Buffalo Bills don’t have any injuries at tight end. But, on the sudden, they decided they needed to bring another one aboard. The club’s decision today to cut running back Tashard Choice and sign tight end… Read more

By Jerry Sullivan » Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Stevie Johnson will attempt to bounce back from his late, crucial fumble against the Atlanta Falcons when the Buffalo Bills travel to Tampa this weekend to take on the Buccaneers. He’ll get a pretty stiff test –against… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Three days after tight end Scott Chandler fumbled in overtime, the Buffalo Bills have signed Tony Moeaki. Moeaki, the Kansas City Chiefs’ third-round draft choice in 2010, is a productive tight end when healthy. But he seems… Read more

By Tim Graham » Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Need more proof fans are smitten with Kiko Alonso? The Buffalo Bills’ rookie leads all inside linebackers in Pro Bowl voting. He has almost twice as many votes as Luke Kuechly and more than twice the votes… Read more

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, December 4, 2013

There will be an embarrassment of defensive tackle riches on the field Sunday in Raymond James Stadium when the Buffalo Bills visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bills’ defensive tackle duo of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus… Read more