He played in Buffalo for four seasons, and was always tied to the theory that he owed his first-round draft selection to former coach Rex Ryan, who picked the defensive end from Clemson as a nod to his son, a reserve wide receiver and kick-holder for the Tigers, whose games he watched religiously.
Shortly after Miami lost its season-opener, 21-11, to the Patriots in Foxborough last Sunday, the murmurs began.
ORCHARD PARK — The mere mention of the Buffalo Bills potentially cutting Trent Murphy before the start of the season was preposterous to teammate and fellow starting defensive end Jerry Hughes.
OK, after yesterday’s column focused on the obvious negatives that came out of Buffalo’s season-opening, 27-17 win over the Jets at Bills’ Stadium, it’s time for some positive news.
To be sure, hundreds of thousands of Bills fans are celebrating today.
Notes from Buffalo’s 27-17 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon at Bills Stadium:
ORCHARD PARK — Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills got the season off to a throwing start.
There was one area where the Bills’ hierarchy felt it had to improve upon after last season’s crushing overtime playoff loss at Houston. In the words of general manager Brandon Beane, “We have to score more points.”
There will be a delicious irony tomorrow afternoon at the blandly named “Bills Stadium” when Buffalo – favored by 6½ points – hosts the Jets to open this coronavirus-altered NFL season.
ORCHARD PARK — Bills receiver Cole Beasley had an epiphany in determining he’s going to focus less on personal production and more on team goals.
BUFFALO — Aaron Rodgers’ loss in Green Bay is the Bills’ gain after Buffalo signed receiver Jake Kumerow to its practice squad on Tuesday, three days after he was cut by the Packers.
Quick quiz, how many new starters will Buffalo have come Sunday when it hosts the Jets at Bills’ Stadium in the regular-season opener?
There was a time when cutdown day was the most feared moment in a National Football League player’s career.
To say the least, this has been a bizarre countdown to the Bills’ 61st season in the era of Covid-19.
ORCHARD PARK — “Hausch Money” is no more in Buffalo after the Bills released veteran kicker Stephen Hauschka in a money-saving move favoring youth on Thursday.
Eight weeks ago, I wrote a column about the National Football League’s admittedly bizarre, upcoming 2020 season.
My first day at the Times Herald was Jan. 2, 1973.
ORCHARD PARK — Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Norman is out indefinitely after hurting his left hamstring in practice.
Starting today, Buffalo, and the other 31 National Football League teams, are finally allowed to engage in something actually resembling football.
Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Leslie Frazier spoke for about 25 minutes on Friday, just two days before training camp truly begins in Buffalo.
First, the Buffalo Bills made sure that their improvement could continue under coach Sean McDermott.
The Buffalo Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension.
Never in his four years as general manager of the Bills has Brandon Beane been flooded with so many issues heading into a season.
Matt Milano is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is in line for a significant pay raise.
The confusion is palpable.
The Bills won’t even be allowed to conduct a practice in pads until Monday, three days after their long-ago postponed preseason opener at Baltimore.
The NFL’s deadline for players to pass on the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic passed at 4 p.m. on Thursday, and Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White did not opt out.
BUFFALO — Stefon Diggs has a new beginning with the Buffalo Bills.
ORCHARD PARK (AP) — The Buffalo Bills signed offensive guard Brian Winters on Thursday, five days after the seventh-year player was released by the New York Jets.
BUFFALO — Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White is unsure if he will opt in or opt out of the upcoming NFL season.
BUFFALO — After a series of coronavirus pandemic-related setbacks, the Buffalo Bills are moving forward with their official start to training camp.
The Buffalo Bills became the NFL’s first team to send their rookies home and hold training camp remotely after two more players tested positive for COVID-19.
The Buffalo Bills turned a few heads at least in April when they used two of their 2020 draft picks to select a pair of bigger receivers.
The most common question that comes my way from Bills fans is, “Do you think there will be a season?”
Last year at this time the Buffalo Bills featured one of the oldest backfields in the NFL.
The Roycroft Inn, East Aurora (3 years), Sheraton, Blasdell (5), Niagara University, Lewiston (13), Fredonia State (19), St. John Fisher College, Pittsford (20) and now … One Bills Drive, Orchard Park.
Many key pieces to the Buffalo Bills’ 2019 defensive line will return in 2020.
The NFL will likely shatter some dreams before they ever have a chance of becoming a reality.
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped the drunken driving and illegal handgun charges against Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver, who had been arrested in May during a traffic stop in Houston's northern suburbs.
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NFL teams are scheduled to report for their respective training camps in less than two weeks, and the league is still in discussions with the Players Association on a number of critical matters pertaining to the start of games.
BUFFALO — New Era Field will no longer be the name of the Buffalo Bills home stadium, after the global sports headware and clothing apparel company asked to be released from its naming rights and sponsorship agreement.
There has never been a National Football League season quite like the upcoming one.
If Bills fans believed Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contention that the National Football League would be “business as usual” this coming season, they got slapped with a megadose of reality over the past 72 hours.
New York state released guidelines for professional sports competitions as part of Phase 4 of reopening the state on Wednesday and it indicates that fans will not be permitted to attend Buffalo Bills games during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the past three offseasons, Bills quarterback Josh Allen has held a good chunk of his spring and summer work in Dana Point, California, under the tutelage of quarterback guru Jordan Palmer.
We won’t know for six months the ultimate effect of the Patriots signing former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
It’s no secret by now that Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is one of the most polarizing players in the NFL.
It’s been a bizarre offseason for Sean McDermott and most everybody associated with the National Football League.
Full disclosure, those of us in this business have our favorites, people who, for one reason or another, we choose not to criticize in print or on the air.