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Report: Waddle has torn quad, season likely over

By Brandon J. Koch

Some tough news for the depth of the Bills offensive line.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle has a torn quad and it is likely a season-ending injury.

It is considered a 4-5 month injury.

Waddle was acquired this past offseason after being with the Patriots last year.

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Sabres sign McCabe, avoid arbitration

By Brandon J. Koch

The Buffalo Sabres and defenseman Jake McCabe agree to a two-year deal worth $5.7 million, avoiding arbitration.

The two sides submitted arbitration filings yesterday and were far apart.

Buffalo’s offer was $1.95 million, McCabe’s ask was $4.3 million.

McCabe had 14 points in 59 games last season.

With the new additions on the blue line, it will be interesting where McCabe fits.

Eric Wood is joining the Bills media team

By Brandon J. Koch

Some exciting news for the Buffalo Bills!

Former center Eric Wood is joining the team’ s media team as a color commentator on the Bills radio network.

Wood will as join the various media platforms throughout the year.

Drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft, Wood played 9 seasons with the Bills and was forced to retire due to a neck injury.

Report: Bills extend Jerry Hughes

By Brandon J. Koch

Early morning Bills news has the team extending their top pass rusher.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Buffalo has given a two-year extension.

Hughes was entering the final year of his contract.

“Bills’ DE Jerry Hughes is signing a two-year extension worth up to $23 million that includes $19.5 million guaranteed, per source.”

The Bills after the 2019 season have essentially no players and money tied up at defensive end.

More to come.

Report: Benjamin Watson considering signing with Bills

Some little breaking news this Thursday morning from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tight end Benjamin Watson, who announced he was retiring last season, is visiting the New England Patriots today.

Watson is also considering the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers.

Don’t let this be a surprise. Brandon Beane said he is always looking to bring in talent, as well as competition and experience.

In 14 NFL seasons, Watson has caught 530 passes for 5885 yards and 44 touchdowns.

Draft night: Don’t be surprised if Christian Wilkins is a Bill

Happy draft night, everyone!

After months and months of debates, opinions and mock drafts, it’s all finally here.

The best part about draft season is that everybody has an opinion on what their team should do, especially in the first round.

Based on what I think will happen in picks 1-8, here’s the next core piece the Bills will be adding tonight.

Remember, everyone has their opinions. This is just for fun. I’m not in the draft room, I don’t know Beane’s board. It’s just who I think will be the best player available for the Bills.

Former Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins fits what the Bills are looking for in their search to replace Kyle Williams.

Fits the McBeane formula:

Wilkins received the William V. Campbell trophy, given to the college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance.

Wilkins finished his Masters degree in 3.5 years! He’s a very intelligent individual.

That is music to Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane’s ears.

Versatility

He can do it all. McDermott can line him up anywhere. Wilkins is one on the most athletic 300 pounders you will see. He uses his hands quickly with the combination of first step quickness and size.

Wilkins can play one-tech, which isn’t needed because that’s Star Lotulelei’s job.

He will mainly be brought in to play along side Star at three-tech, which is the tackle lining up on the outside shoulder of the guard.

Wilkins will use his balance of power, speed and IQ to rush the passer and disrupt run schemes with pulling guards or fullbacks.

Yes, I love Ed Oliver, many people do. I can’t see him falling to the Bills.

Wilkins I think will be just as good.

Sabres closing in on Todd McLellan?

By Brandon J. Koch

The Buffalo Sabres are closing in on making Todd McLellan as head coach, with an announcement as early as tomorrow, Ed Duhatschek of the Athletic reports.

Now, just recently, John Wawrow of the AP is reporting that McLellan is on the Sabres radar, but doesn’t see a deal by Tuesday.

UPDATE from Bob McKenzie of TSN:

Live blog: Bisons opening day

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By Brandon Koch

Welcome back to Buffalo Bisons baseball at Sahlen Field as the herd take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders.

Follow along with live updates here:

1st inning

Top: Jacob Waguespack strikes out two, gave up a double to third basemen Giovanny Urshela.

Bottom: Bisons score three runs off three hits. It started with a Bo Bichette four pitch walk,  follow by a Eric Sogard double, then back to back hits by Anthony Alford and Cavan Biggio.

2nd inning

Top: A one-two-three inning for Waguespack with another two strikeouts.

Bottom: Gio Gonzalez bounces back from the 1st inning. Roemon Fields works a walk, then Bichette grounds into a double play in his second at-bat to end the inning.

3rd

Top: Amburgey singles, but that’s all the Railriders could do in the 3rd. Waguespack with another strikeout, throwing 33 strikes so far, approaching 50 pitches.

Bottom: Biggio hits his first homerun as a member of the Bisons. A two-run shot over the right field porch. Bisons up 5-0 through three innings.

4th

Top: Another two strikeout inning for Waguespack, who now has seven strikeouts through four.

Bottom: Gonzalez is still in the game for Scranton with nobody seen warming up in the bullpen.

Reese McGuire gets the inning started with a bunt single, followed by a line drive base hit up the middle by Andrew Guillotte.

Roemon Fields gets his first RBI of 2019 following a single.

Action warming in the bullpen for Scranton.

Bo B gets an RBI, Sogard a sacrifice fly and it’s 8-0. Bitchette caught stealing 2nd. Biggio gets his first out of the game to end the inning.

5th

Top: Patterson with a nice play at first to get shortstop Katoh out.

Lipka beats out Sogard’s throw for an infield single. RHP Corry Copping warming up for the Bisons.

McGuire picks off Mike Ford to end the half inning. Scranton scores one in the 5th.

Bottom: Adonis Rosa is now in for the Railriders, he works a quick inning.

6th

Top: A quick four minute half inning as Waguespack is rolling for the herd.

Bottom: Nothing for the Bisons in the 6th.

7th

Top: Copping struggles in the 7th, Kyle Nigashioka doubles, followed by a homerun from Matt Lipka. A 27 pitch inning Copping gives up two runs.

Bottom: Sogard grounds out to second, Alford strikes out looking.

Biggio goes the other way on a shift for a base hit, he’s 3-4.

8th

Top: Barnes now in for Buffalo, looking to finish this game out. A three ground out inning.

Bottom: Burns singles, McGuire and Guillotte strike out and Fields grounds out. That should do it for Buffalo on offense today.

9th

Top: Barnes goes one-two-three and the Bisons win on opening day by a score of 8-3.

POSTGAME:

 

Storylines to watch: Young Jays make next step

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By Brandon J. Koch

After a long offseason of cold temperatures and snow, baseball is finally back in downtown Buffalo.

There’s excitement in the air at newly named Sahlen Field, some of the top prospects in all of baseball start their 2019 season with the herd.

Here are some storylines:

Bo and Cav

There’s an abundance of youth in the Bison’s infield. Shortstop Bo Bichette and second baseman Cavan Biggio make their triple A debuts.

Bichette is the Blue Jays’ No. 2 prospect and will look to be a centerpiece in Buffalo’s lineup. In 131 games last season with double A New Hampshire, Bichette hit 11 homeruns, 74 RBIs and a .286 batting average.

Biggio is the 10th ranked prospect in the a Jays’ system. The 23 year-old hit 26 homeruns in double A during 2018, can he translate that power to triple A?

How long will Vlad Jr stay?

The top prospect in all of baseball is currently rehabbing an oblique injury that was sustained on March 8th. He’s making his way towards Buffalo, but who knows for how long. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said last week that if Vlad gets hot in triple A, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be in the big leagues. Guerrero hit 20 home runs, 78 RBIs and a 1.073 OPS in the minors last season.

Starting pitching

The herd start the season with the rotation of Jacob Waguespac, Shawn Morimando, Conor Fisk, Jordan Romano and David Paulino. Can Buffalo get consistent pitching throughout 2019? The herd was in the bottom half of most pitching categories in triple A in 2018.

Bullpen

Danny Barnes and Justin Shafer are the stronghold of Buffalo’s pen. RHP Derek Law comes in with over 100 career games in the majors with the Giants. He has a career ERA of a 2.97 in the minors.

Report: Bills are signing OL Quinton Spain

By Brandon J. Koch

The Bills are adding to their offensive line.

SportsTrust advisors tweeted out that former Tennessee Titans guard Quinton Spain is signing with the Bills.

Spain has started 48 games in 4 seasons with the Titans. He’s expected to compete for a starting spot at guard.

A potentially nice value signing for Brandon Beane