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The Bills traded Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby and are clearly rebuilding now

The Buffalo Bills took a step backward for the 2017 season Friday and instead began a long-term effort to restock the roster through the draft.

Make no mistake about it: Acquiring Jordan Matthews to replace Sammy Watkins and E.J. Gaines to replace Ronald Darby leaves the Bills in a lesser place with just a month until the regular season begins.

Bennett showed his appreciation for Britt’s gesture.

“I think it was very touching for me, a very emotional moment to have that kind of solidarity from someone like Justin Britt who’s a very known leader in our locker room.

It seems like they’ve gotten this one under control, though, thanks to those Dirt Devils.

For Pittsburgh, that means sorting out a loading receiving depth chart and a young, explosive defense. The Steelers added dynamic USC wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of the NFL draft, making players like Sammie Coates and Justin Hunter potentially expendable. On the other side of the ball, 2017 draftees T.J. Watt and Cameron Sutton will try to work their way into a starting lineup hellbent on returning the unit to its Steel Curtain roots.

The Giants have a bit more roster uncertainty. After fielding the league’s 29th-ranked rushing attack last fall, New York remains in dire need of a true No. 1 tailback to emerge from the ether. Second-year back Paul Perkins got the nod at starter after a brief but intriguing rookie season, but he’ll need to prove he can handle the duties of a featured back. Behind him, veterans Shane Vereen, Orleans Darkwa, and Shaun Draughn offer an uninspiring platoon. One name who could emerge from the ether is former Clemson back Wayne Gallman, who slipped to the fourth round of the 2017 draft but ran for 3,400 yards — and a national championship — with the Tigers.redskins_012_ffe26216cd11f695-180x180

Elvis Dumervil says he’s not playing in Ravens’ opener after setback

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil said Wednesday that he will not play in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Dumervil acknowledged he had a minor setback in his recovery from an offseason procedure in the foot area. He was the only Ravens starter who was not practicing Wednesday.

Since 2006, Dumervil ranks second among active players with 96 sacks. His 31 multiple-sack games leads all players in the past 10 seasons. Dumervil has been one of the most durable defenders in the NFL since joining the Ravens in 2013. He’s only missed one game and has played in 35 straight games.

“It’s one of those things where your body kind of tells you when it’s ready,” Dumervil said. “So we’re all pushing. We wanted it to be Week 1, but unfortunately, it wasn’t.”

“The big thing for both of them, they might try to play mind games with each other,” Roethlisberger said in preparation for the Sept. 12 opener at FedEx Field. “I’ll talk to my guy and makes sure he keeps a level head.”

Norman, who became the richest cornerback in the league after signing a five-year deal with the Washington Redskins this offseason, never backs down from a verbal confrontation, most famously scrapping with New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham last year.

Brown’s passion was on display in the preseason when an official in a preseason scrimmage issued an ejection warning after Brown complained ferociously about the lack of holding calls on Detroit Lions corners.

There’s a healthy respect between Norman and Brown. At the least, though, they will engage in some healthy debate about what happens downfield.

Roethlisberger isn’t sure whether Norman will shadow Brown, as he’s “traditionally been a one-spot kind of guy” but sometimes moves around. “We’ll be ready for anything,” Roethlisberger said. “[Norman’s] one of the best, if not the best in the business.”

At 6-foot and 200 pounds, Norman has size on his side against the 5-foot-10 Brown. But save the 6-3 Richard Sherman holding Brown to six catches and 51 yards last season, Brown typically toasts all comers. Brown averaged 10 catches a game with Roethlisberger in the lineup.