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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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