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Sto­ry­line of the week

Shady ex­pec­ta­tions: For three sea­sons, the Bills of­fense has lived and died on the back of RB LeSean McCoy. But McCoy has rarely seen the field be­cause of a groin mus­cle in­jury, prac­tic­ing in a lim­ited role. His of­fen­sive line took a hit with the re­tire­ments of Gs Eric Wood and Richie Incog­nito. His pend­ing le­gal sit­u­a­tion with his for­mer girl­friend re­mains a ques­tion mark. Last sea­son, McCoy slowed down, av­er­ag­ing 4.0 yards per carry, a ca­reer low. New of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Brian Daboll seems more will­ing to throw the ball than past co­or­di­na­tors. Plus, McCoy is 30. One way or an­other, McCoy will make an im­pact on the 2018 sea­son, but how much?

Rookie watch

Fifth-round S Si­ran Neal is tal­ented, but he hasn’t made many plays this pre­sea­son, of­ten play­ing with the third­string de­fense. It’s un­likely the Bills can slide him onto their prac­tice squad, so do they keep five safeties? Micah Hyde, Jor­dan Poyer, Rafael Bush and Dean Mar­lowe are the clear top four.

Nick Wo­j­ton, Bills Wire

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