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Can Bills steal a victory from 'average' Patriots on opening day?

By Tim Graham

The New England Patriots probably won't have any household names catching Tom Brady's passes on opening day.

Does that mean the Buffalo Bills will catch a break?

NFL Network reporter Albert Breer explored how much the defending AFC East champs could struggle at the beginning of the season.

To recap a Press Coverage story in which Jim Kelly a couple weeks ago called the Patriots "vulnerable," 88 percent of New England's catches, 87 percent of its yards and 88 percent of its touchdowns are off the roster or hurt. Gone are Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Danny Woodhead. Aaron Hernandez is awaiting a murder trial. Rob Gronkowski is recovering from another surgery.

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Buffalo Bills fans to Wes Welker: Good riddance

By Tim Graham

If Tom Brady is upset, then Buffalo Bills fans should be thrilled.

Prolific slot receiver Wes Welker went bye-bye, leaving the New England Patriots for the Denver Broncos.

For the first time in nine seasons, Welker won't be in the AFC East. The Bills won't have to worry about him zipping across the middle of the field for 10 yards, 9 yards, 12 yards relentlessly.

Brady apparently was not amused by this development. Comcast Sportsnet New England reporter Tom E. Curran quoted someone close to Brady as calling the development a "disgrace" and a "disservice."

Yahoo! Sports writer Michael Silver also spoke with another source close to Brady, and the reaction was equally unpleasant.

"If the offense doesn't perform at a high level, they're screwed," the source was quoted by Silver. "This is unbelievable. It's hard not to feel like they've sold him out."

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Buffalo's inactivity 180 degrees from what's happening in Miami

By Tim Graham

Last year at this time, we were in some sort of bizarro world.

The Buffalo Bills had convinced one of the NFL's most coveted free agents to sign. They gave Mario Williams the NFL's richest contract for a defensive player.

The Miami Dolphins, meanwhile, couldn't convince anyone to sign.

The Dolphins, despite their glamorous locale and free-spending billionaire owner, endured a series of stiff-arms from coach Jeff Fisher (after getting rejected by Jim Harbaugh a year earlier) and quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn.

Twenty-seven hours into free agency this year, fortunes of the rival franchises appear to be back in alignment.

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Peter King's top 50 FA list shows why Andy Levitre tough to re-sign

By Tim Graham

Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King has ranked Buffalo Bills guard Andy Levitre the fourth-best player available in free agency -- higher than Mike Wallace, Jake Long, Greg Jennings, Wes Welker and Dwight Freeney.

With the open negotiating period hours away (it begins at midnight) and the franchise-tag window closed, King rated the top 50 free agents available in this year's class.

Levitre was the only Bills player to make the list, but he was slotted as the best offensive lineman. The only players ahead of him were Detroit Lions defensive Cliff Avril, Baltimore Ravens pass rusher Paul Kruger and New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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