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Bills get dramatic comeback win after controversial penalty call

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills finished off a dramatic win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but they did so in controversial fashion.

The Bills were down four at the Rams’ 13-yard line with 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, needing a touchdown to take the lead. On 4th and 8, quarterback Josh Allen threw an incomplete pass. However, Rams cornerback Darious Williams was controversially flagged for pass interference to give the Bills another chance.

FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira defended the call, arguing that the contact beyond five yards made it interference.

On the next play, Allen found tight end Tyler Kroft in the end zone for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown.

There were some very iffy calls in the game, but this will likely prove the most controversial. Had there been no flag, the Rams would have had the stop and the win. It’s a real heartbreaker for them, as they had come from down 28-3 to take the lead.

Considering the Rams were the beneficiaries of one of the biggest pass interference controversies ever, it’s doubtful they’ll get much sympathy here.

Bills ban own reporter Chris Brown for violating team media policy

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Buffalo Bills radio host and web reporter Chris Brown has been suspended for an indefinite period after he appeared to violate the team’s media policy.

Brown has not been at a practice since Aug. 17, though the Bills have not confirmed that he is suspended. He’s still listed in the team’s media directory, which would indicate he has not been fired. According to Tim Graham of The Athletic, Brown disappeared from covering Bills practices after he shared a number of training camp observations he had made on the team’s show “One Bills Live.”

Brown went into detail about where several different players were lined up during practice. He also spoke about certain players working with starters and other with backups. Buffalo’s 2020 media policy, which was distributed to reporters on Aug. 16, forbids reporting on game strategy, snap counts and with which units players are working. Changes to the policy were made for competitive reasons after the NFL decided fans would not be allowed at training camp and canceled preseason games.

As Graham notes, Brown also called attention to a tweet from Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy last week. Portnoy said his company is “very serious” about buying the naming rights to the Bills’ stadium.

Brown’s last tweet came less than two hours after he commented on Portnoy’s tweet, so it’s unclear if that also got him into trouble with the Bills.

Bills coach Sean McDermott was recently very outspoken about the NFL’s fan policy for this season and how it could create an unfair advantage. It appears the Bills are thinking an awful lot about competitive advantage this year.

Bills sign head coach Sean McDermott to extension

Sean McDermott

The Buffalo Bills are pleased with the work head coach Sean McDermott has done through his first three seasons with the team, and they are rewarding him with a new contract.

On Wednesday, the Bills announced that they have agreed to a multi-year extension with McDermott.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the deal ties McDermott to Buffalo through 2025.

McDermott has a winning record of 25-23 in three seasons with the Bills. He’s taken the team to the playoffs twice, though he has yet to win a postseason game.

McDermott’s two winning seasons with Buffalo are as many as the team had in 17 years prior to him taking over. Josh Allen has made strides under McDermott, and the Bills could be positioned to take control in the AFC East with Tom Brady now in Tampa Bay. The 46-year-old was deserving of the extension.

Bills want to use Zack Moss in Frank Gore role

Zack Moss

The Buffalo Bills appear committed to continuing with a two-back approach out of the backfield in 2020.

The Bills have both Devin Singletary and rookie Zack Moss as leading backfield options for the upcoming season. While Singletary is the more experienced veteran, the team still intends to make extensive use of Moss. General manager Brandon Beane envisions the team using him the same way Frank Gore was used in 2019, according to Maddy Glab of the team’s official website.

Gore got plenty of touches for the Bills in 2019. In fact, though Singletary had more rushing yards, it was Gore who led the team in touches. Singletary has more speed and burst in the open field, but Moss is more of a power runner who can break tackles and also catch passes. Perhaps that will lead to an increased red zone presence for Moss.

The Bills have done a lot to upgrade their offense this offseason. It could be a more exciting unit than it has been in the past. Moss certainly seems to fit into that vision. The Bills drafted him in the third round, and they definitely seem intent on using him despite Singletary’s upside.

Ed Oliver allowed to participate in Bills team activities after arrest

Ed Oliver

The Buffalo Bills are taking a more relaxed approach to defensive lineman Ed Oliver after his recent arrest.

Oliver was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon. Despite this, the Bills are still allowing him to take part in their virtual offseason program.

This approach is different from the one the New York Giants are taking with Deandre Baker, who is facing very serious charges in Florida.

Oliver is coming off a solid rookie season that saw him collect five sacks for the Bills. The team will certainly be hoping that the 22-year-old lineman will put this behind him quickly.

5 NFL teams that have improved the most this offseason

Jon Gruden

It’s been a big offseason of moves across the NFL, and some teams have really stepped up and used their cap space smartly. Many teams that have struggled recently have aggressively tried to turn their fortunes by adding key free agents and making big trades.

Which teams have done the best with this? Here are five NFL teams that have improved the most during the offseason so far.

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Josh Norman signs one-year deal with Bills

Josh Norman

The Washington Redskins moved on from Josh Norman last month following four largely disappointing seasons with the team, but the veteran cornerback has already found a new home.

Norman has agreed to a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The deal is worth $6 million and could go as high as $8 million with incentives.

As Garafolo noted, Bills head coach Sean McDermott was the defensive coordinator for all four seasons that Norman was with the Carolina Panthers. Norman was one of the top cornerbacks in football during that time, and his play in Carolina helped him land a five-year, $75 million deal with Washington.

Norman, 32, did not seem to get along with former Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, who took a lighthearted swipe at Norman early last season. The Bills probably aren’t expecting Norman to be a shutdown corner, but he could become a viable starter in a system with which he should have plenty of familiarity.

Report: At least three teams interested in signing Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen has made it clear that he still wants to play football after parting ways with the Carolina Panthers, and it appears the veteran tight end has plenty of suitors.

Olsen has taken several free agent visits since the Panthers released him two weeks ago, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the tight end is in contract negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.

That means there are at least three teams trying to sign Olsen, so he is almost certain to wind up on a roster this offseason. Olsen pitched his services to one of the aforementioned teams with a funny tweet recently, which could mean they are his top choice.

Another intriguing option for Olsen will be in Washington, where his former coach Ron Rivera has taken over. There has already been speculation about the two reuniting.

Olsen will turn 35 next month and has battled injuries in recent years, but he is still capable of producing when healthy. He caught 52 passes for 597 yards in 14 games last season with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation. Olsen has done some work with FOX Sports and called an XFL game last weekend, so we know there is a TV analyst job waiting for him if he decides not to play.

Greg Olsen to take first free agent visits with Redskins, Bills

Greg Olsen

The Carolina Panthers officially released Greg Olsen on Monday, which will give the veteran tight end plenty of time to explore other options ahead of 2020. As of now, Olsen already has two visits lined up.

Olsen is planning to meet with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. He has previous connections with both teams.

There have been reports that Olsen is interested in playing for Rivera in Washington, which makes sense since Rivera was his coach with the Panthers for the past nine seasons.

Olsen will turn 35 this offseason and has battled numerous injuries in recent years, but he has made it clear that he wants to keep playing. He caught 52 passes for 597 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games last season. While his best days are obviously behind him, Olsen could be a nice low-risk, high-reward option for a team in need of tight end help.

Video: John Brown throws touchdown pass to Josh Allen on trick play

Josh Allen

The Buffalo Bills came to play in their playoff opener against the Houston Texans.

Buffalo opened up the playbook on their first drive. Set up by a 42-yard run by quarterback Josh Allen, the Bills went with a flea flicker from the Houston 16, with John Brown successfully throwing a touchdown pass to his quarterback.

It takes some guts to run a play like that on the first drive of a road playoff game. Credit to Buffalo for doing so successfully, as it paid off for them. Perhaps Jalen Ramsey would like to reconsider.