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Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Bills Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC East.

As everyone would expect, the Super Bowl Champion Patriots are sitting at the top with a mark of 13-3, and once again are one of the top forces in the AFC.

Behind them are the New York Jets and new coach Adam Gase, who they say will be an over .500 team with a mark of 9-7.

The Bills and second-year QB Josh Allen will finish in third winning five games and going 5-11. Coming in last is the Miami Dolphins, who will have one of the toughest seasons in the league and will finish 2-14 according to the company.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

McCoy Says ‘He’s the Guy’ in Reference to Being the Bills Top Running Back

According to LeSean McCoy, the Bills do not have an open competition for the No. 1 running back spot on their depth chart but says he’s been told that he’s the team’s “guy”, TSN reports.

“I’m the guy. I feel like that. That’s what I’ve been told,” McCoy said at the final day of training camp on Tuesday, according to Chris Brown of the team’s website. That’s my every day approach. We’re all a team and trying to help each other out to win games, compete against each other and make each other better. Me and Frank [Gore] have been competing for years. We train in the offseason and we’re always trying to beat each other. I’m excited for the challenge.”

Heading into camp, there was speculation that McCoy, who has been the Bills starter the past four seasons, might not retain the job after posting a career-worst 514 rushing yards last season in addition to the notable additions at the position the Bills added in the off-season: future Hall Famer Frank Gore, 2019 third-round pick Devin Singletary and former Jacksonville Jaguar T.J. Yeldon.

McCoy says he’s learned to use the negative things being said about him to motivate him on the field.

“There’s always talk about something,” he said. “Whether it’s off the field, on the field. Whether it’s age, my salary, there’s always something. So I learned to use that as motivation. That’s something that Frank has taught me. No matter what goes on they’ll look for the guy with the name or the money. So it motivates me in different ways.”

The Bills Show Off a Little Group Line Dance While at Training Camp

The Bills look like they are having a good time so far during their 2019 training camp, and Sunday they showed off a little dancing while on the field.

It’s tough to watch this without smiling!

Bills Center Mitch Morse in Concussion Protocol

Bills coach Sean McDermott announced Wednesday that center Mitch Morse is in the concussion protocol, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN reports.

Morse missed Wednesday’s practice.

Morse’s concussion was diagnosed Tuesday but occurred during Saturday’s practice — the Bills’ first in full pads. Although it occurred Saturday, Morse’s symptoms were not immediately discernible.

“Anytime a player is injured, I am concerned because: A) it’s their health and B) it’s the health of our overall football team,” McDermott said. “You’ve heard me say how important availability is, so we’ve got to make sure that we get these guys back, and just overall the number of guys we’ve got out right now is concerning. We can only control what we can control, so that’s what we focus on and it does give other guys the opportunity to step up and show us what they’ve got.”

Morse, 27, took a rest day Sunday before the team’s off day Monday. He worked to the side during Tuesday’s practice, when it was ultimately decided he be placed in concussion protocol

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Video – Building the Foundation: The Story of the 2018 Buffalo Bills

The 2018 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise’s 49th season in the National Football League, and the 59th overall. The season also marked the fourth full season under the ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula and their second under the head coach/general manager tandem of Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane.

Bills Announce Hiring of Brian Gaine as New Bills Senior Personnel Advisor

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One of the members of GM Brandon Beane’s initial front office staff in Buffalo is returning to the Bills. Former Houston Texans GM Brian Gaine has been named the Bills’ Senior Personnel Advisor.

Gaine was previously hired by the Bills in 2017 as the Vice President of Player Personnel. In 2018, he returned to the Houston Texans organization where he had been Director of Player Personnel for three seasons, to serve as the team’s General Manager after Rick Smith had taken a leave of absence from the club.

Buffalo then hired Dan Morgan to fill the role left vacant by Gaine last year.

But this past June, the Texans, in a failed bid to hire New England Patriots personnel chief Nick Caserio, relieved Gaine of his duties with the club despite signing a five-year contract just a year ago.

Gaine has worked in NFL scouting for 20 years with Director titles with three other NFL clubs (Dallas, Miami, Houston). He was also Assistant General Manager for the Dolphins from 2012-2013.

In his new role, Gaine will work in both college and pro scouting for the Bills.

The Bills now have their original front office team under Beane back together, plus Dan Morgan, making Buffalo’s personnel department one of the most experienced in the league when it comes to scouting and evaluating prospects and players.

Could the Bills Put RB LeSean McCoy on the Trading Block?

Some observers around the NFL think the Bills could trade or cut veteran running back LeSean McCoy according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

The Bills signed veterans Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon as free agents this offseason and also seem high on rookie Devin Singletary, who they drafted in the third round out of Florida Atlantic. There may simply be no room left for McCoy. McCoy also has the highest salary by far of the group-he is scheduled to make $6.175 million in the final year of his current deal-and the Bills could save a lot of money by releasing him.

Factor in the fact that 2018 was the worst year of the 31-year-old’s stellar career with only 514 yards rushing, four touchdowns, and a paltry 3.2 yards per carry in 14 games. Bills general manager Billy Beane recently gave McCoy a vote of confidence but things can change very quickly in the NFL.

Video – Football Gameplan’s 2019 NFL Team Preview: Buffalo Bills

– 4-Minute Offense: 00:50

– Positional Breakdown: 2:34

– Hunt’s Playbook: 7:42

– Fantasy Focus: 10:51

– Best Bets: 13:19

– Training Camp Quick Takes: 14:01

– Road to the Super Bowl: 17:11