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Nate’s Notebook: DE and Edge Rushing Options in the 2020 NFL Draft

If you want to win consistently in the NFL, you’ve got to rush the passer. If you give even average quarterbacks plenty of time to survey the field, they will carve you up. The Bills haven’t been bad at getting to the QB this year, but they haven’t been consistent.

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Nate’s Notebook: How Does Tua’s Injury Affect the Bills?

Tua Tagovaiola’s unfortunate and serious hip injury sent shockwaves through college football and the NFL this past weekend.

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Nate’s Notebook: Midseason Awards and Predictions

It’s hard to believe the NFL season is already halfway over. Time flies when you’re watching football. It also helps when your team is sitting at 6-2 and in prime contention for the playoffs!

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Nate’s Notebook: Pass Interference – If it ain’t broke, break it!

It’s just after 6:00 pm on the night of January 20th, 2019 when the robbery occurred. A group of men dressed in black pants and black and white shirts broke into the Louisiana Superdome and stole the NFC Championship trophy from the New Orleans Saints.

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Nate’s Notebook: 4th Down, Analytics vs. Tradition

What’s the most boring play in all of football? I’d wager for most football fans, watching the punt team stroll out to boot the ball back to the opponent is the least exciting part of the greatest sport. It’s almost deflating. You give up your chance to score to give the other team a chance to score. Yet, the punt has become a regular part of the game.

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Nate’s Notebook: A Look at Frank Gore’s Climb to 15,000

Lost in the frustration and controversy of Sunday’s loss to the Patriots is the fact that Frank Gore became just the fourth player in NFL history to top 15,000 rushing yards.

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Nate’s Notebook: Josh Allen. A Work in Progress

It’s no secret that the Bills’ most important player is quarterback Josh Allen. Armed with a smothering defense, a solid fleet of pass catchers, dependable running backs, and an improved offensive line, the Bills check off most of the boxes you’re looking for in a playoff team.

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Nate’s Notebook: Built Cody Ford Tough.

One of the steals of the 2019 draft was Cody Ford. The Oklahoma Sooner offensive lineman was widely considered a first-round pick, maybe even a top 20 pick. But fortunately for the Bills, Ford began to slide, possibly because scouts were torn between if his future should be at tackle or guard.

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Nate’s Notebook: Ed Oliver Shows No Mercy

“With the 9th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select…” These were probably some of the most suspenseful moments for Bills’ fans in the past year. A roster undergoing a talent overhaul, a promising head coach, a young franchise quarterback, and a GM committed to building a contender.

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Nate’s Notebook: Devin Singletary (Gentleman, Start Your Motor.)

The Buffalo Bills made perhaps the biggest news of last weekend’s roster cuts when they parted ways with LeSean McCoy. It surprised some people but in the end, it was probably the right move for the organization. It also gave some clarity to the running back position for the Bills this season. The player who stands to benefit the most from the release of Shady is Buffalo’s third round pick, Devin “Motor” Singletary.

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Nate’s Notebook: The Legend of Duke Williams

Roster cuts are right around the corner and one of the more interesting position battles is taking place at the wide receiver position. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have their work cut out for them when it comes to choosing which players to keep at a position of a suddenly surprising depth. Directly in the center of the debate is the man, the myth, the legend, Duke Williams.

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Nate’s Notebook: Where is David Sills?

When the Buffalo Bills signed UDFA wide receiver David Sills from West Virginia, the move was widely lauded as one of the steals of the draft. A guy who was a multi-year superstar WR in a Power 5 conference and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to college football’s best receiver? Yes, please. A player who was once regarded as the “LeBron James of college football” when Lane Kiffin offered him a scholarship (as a QB) when Sills was a 13-year-old middle schooler? Absolutely. So where has David Sills been through two preseason games? Two games. Two targets. Zero catches.

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An Early Look at the 2020 NFL Draft Class: Running Backs

In the days leading up to the 2019 NFL season, we’ll take a sneak peek at the college prospects that could be primed for success this year. The running back class for the 2020 NFL draft doesn’t appear to be especially strong, with no back a lock for the first round. There are, however, some interesting players that have been productive in college and will have a chance to make their mark in the NFL.

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An Early Look at the 2020 NFL Draft Class: Wide Receivers

In the days leading up to the 2019 NFL season, we’ll take a sneak peek at the college prospects that could be primed for success this year. Today, we look at a group of five receivers, all of whom have a legitimate chance to be first-round picks this year. As the NFL continues to evolve into a passing dominant league, expect these receivers to be in high demand in the 2020 draft.

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An Early Look at the 2020 NFL Draft Class: Quarterbacks

In the days leading up to the 2019 NFL season, we’ll take a sneak peek at the college prospects that could be primed for success this year. Today, we look into the quarterback position that centers on two names: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert.

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