Alexander re-signs with Bills for what he calls final season
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Calling this his final NFL season, Lorenzo Alexander has additional motivation to ensure it will be a successful one after the Buffalo Bills re-signed the linebacker to a one-year contract Wednesday.
"I've been on some teams that have been close to winning the championship, so I've learned over time that you always have to have a sense of urgency," Alexander said during a conference call.
Bills latest meltdown features Davis leaving team at half
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — As if Bills coach Sean McDermott didn't have enough to worry about in trailing the Los Angeles Chargers 28-6 at halftime on Sunday.
He had to contend with veteran cornerback Vontae Davis quitting on the team.
"Pulled himself out of the game. He communicated to us that he was done," McDermott revealed after a 31-20 loss. McDermott provided no other details except to bluntly say, "No," when asked if Davis was injured.
QB Allen eager to clear the air with Bills teammates
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills defensive end Lorenzo Alexander is ready to give rookie first-round pick Josh Allen the benefit of the doubt based on how apologetic the former Wyoming quarterback has been acknowledging a series of racially insensitive tweets he posted while still in high school.
Alexander, a respected team leader, expects his teammates to do the same and provide Allen a fair opportunity to clear the air.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — There's no secret to the Buffalo Bills being in the market for a quarterback.
Even their players will attest to addressing that position being a priority in the days leading up to the NFL draft.
"This is a quarterback-driven league," veteran defensive end Lorenzo Alexander said. "And whether that quarterback is on our roster or it's somebody that we decide we want to move up and get, that's something that you always as an organization want to build around."
Winston re-elected president of NFL players union
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston has been unanimously re-elected as president of the NFL players union, earning his third straight three-year term.
Winston, who is scheduled to become a free agent, ran unopposed for the position. The NFLPA Board of Player Representatives announced the result Sunday at the NFLPA's annual meetings.
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich was elected as the union's treasurer.
First-time NFL protesters explain how they became woke
Football coaches warn players not to say anything that could wind up on the opposing team's bulletin board.
When he set out to challenge NFL protesters, Donald Trump took the opposite tack. He put up a billboard.
The president essentially called out-of-work quarterback Colin Kaepernick "an SOB" for taking a knee to protest racial injustice during the national anthem.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Journeyman linebacker Lorenzo Alexander's breakout season with the Buffalo Bills has paid off.
The 10-year-veteran was rewarded for leading Buffalo with 12½ sacks by agreeing to a two-year, $9 million contract to re-sign with the Bills on Saturday.
The team announced the agreement, and a person with direct knowledge of the contract revealed its details to The Associated Press.
Alex Smith and Andy Dalton threw touchdown passes as the AFC topped the NFC, 20-13 in the Pro Bowl at Orlando. Smith hit Delanie Walker for a 26-yard TD and Dalton found Travis Kelce for a 23-yard score while the AFC was building a 20-7 lead. Lorenzo Alexander secured the victory by intercepting Kurt Cousins deep in AFC territory with just over a minute to play.
AFC holds on to defeat NFC 20-13 in Pro Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Pro Bowl has long been more about showmanship than competition. Clearly, that memo missed Lorenzo Alexander.
The Buffalo Bills linebacker could have just sat on a late interception for the win, but instead opted to return the ball 20 yards and then lateralled it to Aqib Talib, who came within 13 yards of the end zone in the AFC's 20-13 win over the NFC in the NFL's all-star game Sunday night.
The Latest: Andy Reid, AFC hang on to win Pro Bowl 20-13
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Pro Bowl (all times local):
Andy Reid had a good time leading the AFC to a 20-13 victory over the NFC in a competitive Pro Bowl.
For Bills LB Alexander, Raiders’ success no surprise
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Spending just a year around players like Derek Carr and Khalil Mack was enough for Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to see that the Raiders were on the verge of turning things around in coach Jack Del Rio's second season in Oakland.
"That was one of the main reasons why I wanted to sign back because I knew they were going to be a Super Bowl contender with all the young talent they had just based on last year," Alexander said.
Bills refreshed after injury-plagued start
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are healthier and refreshed following a much-needed week off. And they may have some new faces in the lineup as they look to make a playoff push over the season's final seven weeks.
The Bills got back to work Monday following their Week 10 bye, with most of their players on the practice field after a first half of the season dominated by injuries.
Buffalo Bills Monday: Lorenzo Alexander, NFL sack leader, gives Bills defense big boost
The NFL sack leader isn't Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller or Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
Meet Lorenzo Alexander, an outsider linebacker with the Buffalo Bills. Through the first five weeks of the 2016 NFL season, he has seven sacks. That ranks him tops in the league.
Buffalo Bills Week 5 Report Card: LeSean McCoy, Lorenzo Alexander lead Bills to 30-19 win over Rams
The Buffalo Bills are on a roll.
LeSean McCoy rushed for 150 yards, Lorenzo Alexander had three sacks and Nickell Robey-Coleman returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown in the Bills' 30-19 win Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams.
Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor had an OK outing. He threw for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Gillislee had a 5-yard touchdown run in the first half. Justin Hunter caught a 4-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring for the Bills.
Bills cut 21 players, including linebacker Manny Lawson
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Veteran Manny Lawson was cut by the Buffalo Bills on Friday in what became the latest in a string of offseason shuffles at outside linebacker.
Now the starting pass-rushing job falls to journeyman Lorenzo Alexander, who was signed in April to fill a special teams role.
Fullback Jerome Felton was also among the 21 players released by the Bills in moves made a day before NFL teams are required to establish their 53-player rosters.