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LeSean McCoy Excited To Catch Passes In New Offensive System

May 26, 2017 11:33 AM

The Buffalo Bills are implementing a new offense and LeSean McCoy is excited to catch more passes.

"The running backs getting the ball in the passing game," McCoy said. "That's something I've been a part of, but it's been a while since I've actually got the ball a lot in the air -- we do a lot of that. [Rick Dennison is] big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that's been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I'm a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air."

McCoy's best season as a pass-catcher came in 2010 with the Philadelphia Eagles when he hauled in 78 receptions.

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Bills Hire Joe Schoen As Assistant General Manager

May 15, 2017 8:08 AM

The Buffalo Bills have hired Joe Schoen as assistant general manager.

Schoen served as director of player personnel for the Miami Dolphins from 2014-2017.

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Brandon Beane Will Have Control Over Buffalo's Roster

May 12, 2017 2:53 PM

Brandon Beane will have control over the 53-man roster of the Buffalo Bills, owner Terry Pegula says.

Beane emphasized that he and head coach Sean McDermott will take a collaborative approach on personnel decisions.

"It's going to be very similar to what Sean and I were used to Carolina," Beane said. "I'm going to be over the football side. Sean's going to be over the coaches. But there's not a czar around here. Sean's not a czar. I'm not a czar. Every decision is going to be collaborative, together.

"I think that's the only way. I've seen it both ways, and the success I've had is when we're both seeing eye to eye. [Co-owner] Kim [Pegula] and Terry, me involved, we're going to do this together. Other people in the building. This is not a one-person approach."

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Bills Hire Brandon Beane As New GM

May 10, 2017 12:49 AM

The Buffalo Bills hired Brandon Beane as general manager Tuesday, the team announced, ending their search to replace Doug Whaley after he was fired April 30.

Beane, 40, had served as the Carolina Panthers' assistant GM since 2015. He joined the Panthers in 1998 and was named director of football operations in 2008.

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Bills Decline Fifth-Year Option On Sammy Watkins

May 2, 2017 3:32 PM

The Buffalo Bills have declined their fifth-year option on Sammy Watkins.

Sean McDermott explained the decision in a team statement.

“Sammy and I have had good conversations about this decision,” McDermott said. “There is no question that Sammy is a very good football player and has worked very hard during his rehab this offseason. We look forward to seeing a healthy Sammy Watkins on the field in 2017.”

The former first-round pick will enter 2017 in the last year of his rookie contract.

Watkins is currently not cleared to participate fully in the team’s offseason conditioning program and is not expected to participate in the OTA practice sessions coming up in a couple of weeks.

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Bills Fire Doug Whaley As General Manager

Apr 30, 2017 10:52 AM

The Buffalo Bills have fired Doug Whaley as general manager.

The Bills were 30-34 in Whaley's four seasons as general manager as they continue their 17-year playoff drought.

"After a thorough review of our football operations over the past several months, Kim [Pegula] and I informed Doug this morning that we will be moving in a new direction," Bills co-owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. "We have enjoyed working with Doug. He is a good person and we want to thank him for his work and commitment to our football team. This was my decision. It was not an easy decision but I believe it's the right one for the future of the Buffalo Bills. Our search for a new general manager will begin immediately."

Sean McDermott began having more power after he was hired as head coach in January.

The Bills also fired their entire scouting staff.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round

Apr 27, 2017 11:47 PM

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2. Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

3. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

5. Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

9. Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross, WR, Washington

10. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

11. New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

12. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

13. Arizona Cardinals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

15. Indianapolis Colts: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

16. Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

17. Washington: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

18. Tennessee Titans: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

20. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

21. Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

22. Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

23. New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi

24. Oakland Raiders: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

25. Cleveland Browns: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

26. Atlanta Falcons: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

27. Buffalo Bills: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

28. Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

29. Cleveland Browns: David Njoku, TE, Miami

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

31. San Francisco 49ers: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

32. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

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Bills Decline To Match Patriots' Offer For Mike Gillislee

Apr 24, 2017 4:15 PM

Mike Gillislee will join the New England Patriots after the Buffalo Bills decided not to match a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet on Monday.

New England will send a fifth-round draft pick to Buffalo as compensation for the restricted free agent.

Just a year ago the Patriots signed Chris Hogan to a three-year, $12 million offer sheet which the Bills declined to match.

In addition to Gillislee, the Patriots have James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead at running back.

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Percy Harvin Retires From NFL Again

Mar 14, 2017 8:56 PM

Percy Harvin is retiring for good from the NFL this offseason.

"He's done [playing]," agent Greg Barnett said.

Harvin retired in April 2016 but returned to the Bills last November after Buffalo suffered injuries to several of its wide receivers.

Playing in two games, Harvin caught two passes for six yards before migraine headaches caused the Bills to place him on the non-football illness list, ending his season. Harvin has dealt with migraine issues throughout his NFL career.

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Tyrod Taylor Takes $10M Pay Cut In Restructured Deal With Bills

Mar 14, 2017 2:38 PM

Tyrod Taylor will take a $10 million pay cut as part of the restructured contract he agreed upon with the Buffalo Bills.

Taylor will earn $30.5 million in 2017 and 2018 combined before his contract automatically voids on the fifth day after the Super Bowl in February 2019. Under his previous deal, Taylor would have earned $40.5 million in 2017 and 2018 combined if the Bills exercised an option in his contract that would have kept him under the team's control through 2021.

Taylor will be fully guaranteed only $15.5 million under the terms of his restructured deal.

Buffalo had interest in Brian Hoyer before agreeing upon the new deal with Taylor.

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Bills Expected To Sign Steven Hauschka
The Bills are expected to sign Steven Hauschka to a four-year deal, according to sources.

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Bills Restructure Contract Of Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor was owed $27.5 million in 2017 with another $3 million of his 2018 salary fully guaranteed if he didn't restructure his contract.

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Bills Could Start Cardale Jones If Tyrod Taylor Leaves
If the Buffalo Bills let Tyrod Taylor walk as a free agent, they could turn to Cardale Jones as their starting quarterback.

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LeSean McCoy Gives Each Of His Blockers $10,000 Watches
LeSean McCoy was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his career after rushing for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season.

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Bills Hire Sean McDermott As Head Coach
Sean McDermott most recently was defensive coordinator of the Panthers.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Bills Reportedly 'Zeroed In' On Sean McDermott As New Coach
The Bills have reportedly "zeroed in" on Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as their next head coach, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News.

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Anthony Lynn Set To Interview With Bills On Thursday
Anthony Lynn will have a formal interview with the Bills for their vacant head coaching job on Thursday.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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Bills Owner Fired Rex Ryan When Pressed On Future
Terry Pegula decided to fire Rex Ryan when the coach asked about his future beyond this season heading into the team's season finale.

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Sammy Watkins Wants Buffalo's New Coach To Be Hard On Team
The Bills have moved on from Rex Ryan and Sammy Watkins believes the team needs a coach that will be harder on them.

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Tyrod Taylor Could Undergo Sports Hernia Surgery, Cost Bills $30.5M
Tyrod Taylor will be seen by Dr. William Meyers for a severe groin injury to determine if he needs surgery.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Anthony Lynn: Starting EJ Manuel 'A Business Decision'
EJ Manuel, a former first-round pick, has struggled and the decision has left some confused.

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Reggie Bush Nearing Dubious NFL Rushing Record
Reggie Bush is closing in on one of the worst rushing seasons in NFL history.

Jeff Duncan/Times-Picayune

Rex Ryan Fired By Bills As Head Coach
Rex Ryan was hired by the Bills before the 2015 season.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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Eric Wood: Don't Fire Rex Ryan, Bills Are 'So Freaking Close'
Reports have indicated that the Bills plan to fire Rex Ryan, but that hasn't stopped some of his players from coming to his defense.

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Bills Expected To Fire Rex Ryan, Keep Doug Whaley
If Rex Ryan is fired, the Bills will be moving onto their sixth head coach since 2009.

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Marcell Dareus: Bills Won't Be Team To Lose To Winless Browns
The Bills have lost five of their last seven games, but Marcell Dareus is confident they'll beat the winless Browns this weekend.

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Bills Haven't Reached Decision On Tyrod Taylor For 2017
Tyrod Taylor's completion percentage is down three points from last year and he's on pace to throw five fewer touchdown passes than in 2015.

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Percy Harvin Out For Remainder Of 2016
The Bills gave Percy Harvin a one-year deal with a prorated $1.56 million base salary and per-game roster bonuses of $22,500.

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