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Friday, August 01, 2014

Can't Miss Play: Aaron Williams, Field Goal Kicker (11:48 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as safety Aaron Williams takes a shot at being a field goal kicker after practice on Friday night at St. John Fisher College.

4 things to take from Friday’s practice (11:13 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Lightning and thunderstorms in and around Pittsford delayed practice for the second time this week, but practice eventually went off without a hitch.

C.J. Spiller: "Excited About Getting Out There" (11:03 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills running back talks about working on protecting EJ Manuel in practice, how Anthony Dixon is improving, and what the goals are for Sunday night's preseason opener.

Brian Moorman: Ray Guy "Revolutionized the Game" (11:00 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills punter Brian Moorman joined The John Murphy Show to talk about former NFL punter Ray Guy, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Sammy Watkins: "We Have to Put on a Show" (10:43 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills rookie wide receiver talks about making his NFL debut this Sunday night, being inspired by the trip to Canton, and if he'll be nervous before the game.

Making the Best of His Opportunity – JMS 8/1 (10:40 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - johnmurphyshow:   It was the final practice before the team departs for Canton, Ohio for their first preseason game against the Giants. We asked listeners what they wanted to see from the team’s debut. We heard a wide variety of responses from quarterback play, to the defense stopping the run, to the young offensive linemen added […]

Bills Roundup: Friday Night News and Highlights (10:36 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Chris Brown recaps all of the news from Friday night at Bills training camp, plus check out the top plays from practice.

Can't Miss Play: Robert Woods Leaping TD Grab (10:31 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as wide receiver Robert Woods makes a leaping grab in the end zone and manages to get both feet in bounds for the touchdown.

VIDEO: Jeff Tuel TD Pass to Caleb Holley (10:26 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as quarterback Jeff Tuel finds rookie wide receiver Caleb Holley over the middle for a touchdown.

Andre Reed hugs Jim Kelly in Canton (9:46 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Legendary wide receiver Andre Reed hugs Bills QB Jim Kelly and is officially introduced to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The John Murphy Show August 1 (9:19 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Night Practice from St. John Fisher College. Murph calls the action along with post-practice interviews. Wide receiver Chris Hogan and punter Brian Moorman stop by as well.

Emotional Jim Kelly returns to Canton (9:14 PM)
USA Today: Bills legend Jim Kelly returns to Canton for the Hall of Fame induction of Andre Reed.        

Emotional Jim Kelly returns to Canton, HOF (9:14 PM)
USA Today: Bills legend Jim Kelly returns to Canton for the Hall of Fame induction of Andre Reed.        

Seven legends to be enshrined into Hall (6:21 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Michael Strahan, Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Aeneas Williams, Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday.

Strahan expects emotions to flow at HOF induction (6:14 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Michael Strahan is pleased to know he is scheduled to go last during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

Bills offense will face 1st test against Giants (4:29 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- After a shaky start to training camp, Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has had a renewed confidence on the practice field in recent days.

Bills Camp night practice tickets limited (3:49 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Anna Stolzenburg: With just three Bills Camp night practices remaining when the Bills return from this weekend’s preseason opener in Canton, tickets are limited and going fast. Tickets for night practices are free but required for entry. Tickets for the night practices on August 5 and 9 presented by Bud Light were available at the select Tops and Sunoco […]

Bills offense will face 1st test against Giants (3:34 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- After a shaky start to training camp, Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has showed a renewed confidence on the practice field in recent days.

Bills offense will face 1st test against Giants (3:33 PM)
USA Today: Bills offense will get first test against Giants in Hall of Fame game        

Twitter showdown of the best NFL fans (3:03 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Dallas Miller: The folks over at USA Today are running a Twitter showdown to determine which team has the best fans. It’s an elimination-style bracket, with the Bills matched up with the Miami Dolphins in the first of four rounds. EDITOR’S NOTE: As of this writing, the Bills currently lead, with more than half of the total […]

Rueben Randle ready for bigger role in offense (2:52 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle is taking advantage of his opportunities so far in training camp. Judging by his confidence level and intensity at camp, he seems ready for the challenge and wants first chance at being the team's No. 2 receiver behind Pro Bowler Victor Cruz. ''I am more comfortable and more confident,'' Randle said before Friday's practice session. The former LSU standout, drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 2012 draft, had 19 receptions for 298 yards and three TDs as a rookie.

Wired For Sound: Brandon Spikes (2:48 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Linebacker Brandon Spikes brings his high intensity to this edition of Wired for Sound.

Training Camp Live Blog: 8/1 (2:17 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Follow practice live as Bills reporters cover 2014 training camp sessions.

Seahawks make roster moves (1:40 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Seattle Seahawks officially placed tight end Anthony McCoy and defensive tackle Jesse Williams on injured reserve, the team announced Friday. The Seahawks also signed linebacker Marcus Dowtin and wide receiver Ronald Johnson, and released wide receiver Randall Carroll. For the second consecutive season, McCoy and Williams have been placed on IR. McCoy, a fifth-year player who missed last year with a torn Achilles tendon, suffered an injury to his other Achilles during Tuesday's practice.

TSX picks potential HOF players on each roster (1:10 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Every day somebody -- including the media, players and coaches -- casually refers to a current star as a "future Hall of Famer."

From Walmart to the NFL, Jajuan Harley's story (11:58 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Eight months ago Jajuan Harley was working at Walmart. Now he's in the NFL. And he'll never get sick of sharing how his dream became a reality with a few pit stops along the way.

Bell: Harrison was best HOF threat to Reed (10:17 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: With the logjam broken at the wide receiver position for the Hall of Fame with Cris Carter going in last year, it was thought that Andre Reed had the inside track on Tim Brown to gain enshrinement first. What some outside the Committee of Selectors forgot about was that Marvin Harrison was also a finalist. […]

Charlie Joiner: Reed "Truest of all Professionals" (10:00 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Hall of Fame WR and former Bills coach Charlie Joiner called in to The John Murphy Show to discuss Andre Reed, who he coached for 8 seasons in Buffalo, and his upcoming enshrinement in the Pro Football HOF.

Charlie Joiner: Reed "Truest of all Professionals" (10:00 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Hall of Fame WR and former Bills coach Charlie Joiner called in to The John Murphy Show to discuss Andre Reed, who he coached for eight seasons, and his upcoming enshrinement in Canton.

Reed to be second to last in speech order (9:42 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Andre Reed won’t be speaking early among the group of seven former players chosen for enshrinement on Saturday night. In fact Reed will be the penultimate speaker to accept induction at Fawcett Stadium. That according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here’s the order in which […]

Paolantonio: Reed deserved HOF enshrinement (9:12 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, an at large Hall of Fame Selector looked favorably on Andre Reed’s candidacy, but knew his enshrinement would never be possible without a break in the logjam of wide receivers. As we covered in our story from inside the Selectors room there was a determined effort to break the stalemate at receiver […]

Jim Monos: The Pieces to the Bills Roster (8:30 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos joined The John Murphy Show to discuss the makeup of this year's Bills roster. He talks about the high level of talent on both sides of the ball.

Jim Monos: The Pieces to the Bills Roster (8:30 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos joined The John Murphy Show to discuss the makeup of this year's Bills roster. He talks about the high level of talent on both sides of the ball.

Friday morning one-liners (7:12 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: The Bills only have two healthy tight ends for the Hall of Fame Game. Shelley Smith is trying to learn a couple of positions on the Dolphins offensive line. The Patriots offense hopes to benefit from facing a physical defense in practice every day. Jets T D’Brickashaw Ferguson and C Nick Mangold have forged a…

Still sick, Jim Kelly won’t miss Andre Reed’s enshrinement (7:02 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Michael David Smith: Jim Kelly, the great quarterback of the Buffalo Bills in the 1990s, is still ailing as he battles cancer. But no matter how sick Kelly is, he wouldn’t dream of being anywhere other than Canton, Ohio, this weekend to witness his receiver Andre Reed’s induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kelly’s wife, Jill…

Thursday's Sports In Brief (4:25 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before the trade deadline. Oakland, with the best record in baseball at 66-41, also received cash from Boston in another blockbuster deal by A's general manager Billy Beane. The Red Sox also get a draft pick. A few hours later, the Red Sox traded their No. 2 starter, right-hander John Lackey, to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig.

Why the Hall of Fame wait was so long for Andre Reed (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: What was it that kept Andre Reed, an eight-time Hall of Fame finalist, from gaining enshrinement?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Downing: EJ Manuel, "A guy who wants to be great" (11:00 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills QB Coach Todd Downing joined The John Murphy Show to talk about EJ Manuel's willingness to be great, why Nathaniel Hackett could be a super-star coach, and his thoughts on the other QB's on the team.

Downing: EJ Manuel, "A guy who wants to be great" (11:00 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills QB Coach Todd Downing joined The John Murphy Show to talk about EJ Manuel's willingness to be great, why Nathaniel Hackett could be a super-star coach, and his thoughts on the other QB's on the team.

Trump selected to advance in Bills' sale process (10:31 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Donald Trump remains in the running to buy the Buffalo Bills. Michael Cohen, Trump's executive vice president and special counsel, confirmed in an email to the AP that his boss was chosen to advance to the next round of bidding. Cohen said he was informed of the decision by Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale of the team for late owner Ralph Wilson's estate. The Bills most recently were valued by Forbes at $870 million but are expected to sell for at least $1 billion, partly because NFL teams rarely go on the market.

Andre Reed: “A joy to coach” – JMS 7/31 (10:02 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - johnmurphyshow:   Another training camp practice in the books as we inch closer to the Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, Ohio. We brought up Andre Reed, who is awaiting his enshrinement and we asked the listeners to call in with their favorite memory of the Bills Hall of Fame receiver. We also threw out the […]

Trump selected to advance in Bills' sale process (9:54 PM)
USA Today: Trump's attorney confirms 'The Donald' selected to advance in Bills' sale process        

The John Murphy Show July 31 (9:28 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos talks the makeup of the team roster. Charlie Joiner, who coached Andre Reed, looks back on the future Hall of Famer. QB Coach Todd Downing on EJ Manuel and the offense

The John Murphy Show July 31 (9:28 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos talks the makeup of the team roster. Charlie Joiner, who coached Andre Reed, looks back on the future Hall of Famer. QB Coach Todd Downing on EJ Manuel and the offense

Trump advances in bidding to purchase Bills (9:16 PM)
ESPN.Com - Associated Press: Donald Trump has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding to purchase the Buffalo Bills, a person familiar with the sale selection process told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Bills Roundup: Thursday's News and Highlights (7:37 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Chris Brown checks in from St. John Fisher College with all of Thursday's news and highlights from Bills training camp.

Bills Roundup: Thursday's News and Highlights (7:37 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Chris Brown checks in from St. John Fisher College with all of Thursday's news and highlights from Bills training camp.

EJ Manuel Thursday Press Conference (7:11 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills quarterback meets with the media after Thursday's practice at St. John Fisher College.

EJ Manuel Thursday Press Conference (7:11 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills quarterback meets with the media after Thursday's practice at St. John Fisher College.

Can't Miss Play: EJ Manuel TD Pass to Robert Woods (6:57 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as quarterback EJ Manuel connects with wide receiver Robert Woods in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Can't Miss Play: EJ Manuel TD Pass to Robert Woods (6:57 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as quarterback EJ Manuel connects with wide receiver Robert Woods in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Can't Miss Play: EJ Manuel to Chris Hogan (6:51 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as quarterback EJ Manuel connects with a leaping Chris Hogan on a long pass down field.

Can't Miss Play: EJ Manuel to Chris Hogan (6:51 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as quarterback EJ Manuel connects with a leaping Chris Hogan on a long pass down field.

Giants running backs rally around Wilson (6:06 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: After receiving the news that fellow running back David Wilson was going to be sidelined with a neck injury, the rest of the New York Giants backfield have rallied around their injured teammate. ''When I signed here, I knew we had a chance to be a force in the backfield,'' said Rashad Jennings, signed as a free agent in the offseason from Oakland. ''It's good to see him,'' Jennings said.

EJ on 98-yard hookup with Watkins (5:58 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills QB EJ Manuel has really settled in at practice the last two days. His internal clock is more aware of the rush, he’s making his way through progressions and he’s delivering the football with more decisiveness. On Thursday he uncorked a 40-yard pass on the money to Sammy Watkins, who was streaking down the […]

4 things to take from Thursday’s practice (5:40 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills dodged the weather to get their work in on Thursday.

Giants running backs rally around Wilson (4:57 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- After receiving the news that fellow running back David Wilson was going to be sidelined with a neck injury, the rest of the New York Giants backfield have rallied around their injured teammate.

Manziel battling playbook, Hoyer in first NFL camp (4:48 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days - on the field anyway - are over.

Fred Jackson is old, but he doesn’t feel old (4:27 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Michael David Smith: Fred Jackson is 33 years old. Which is ancient for an NFL running back. Jackson was the oldest running back to carry the ball in the NFL last year and will be again this year, and when Jackson agreed to a contract extension with the Bills yesterday, there were questions about why on earth a…

Can't Miss Play: Bobby Felder Diving Interception (3:51 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as cornerback Bobby Felder makes a diving play to pick off a pass from quarterback Jeff Tuel.

Can't Miss Play: Bobby Felder Diving Interception (3:51 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as cornerback Bobby Felder makes a diving play to pick off a pass from quarterback Jeff Tuel.

Pro Football HOF: Bottleneck frustrates worthy candidates (3:51 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: When seven pro football greats have their legendary status verified this weekend at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, many other former stars will smile during the ceremony.

Can't Miss Play: Sammy Watkins 98 Yard Touchdown (2:42 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as quarterback EJ Manuel finds wide receiver Sammy Watkins down the sideline for a 98 yard touchdown pass.

Can't Miss Play: Sammy Watkins 98 Yard Touchdown (2:42 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as quarterback EJ Manuel finds wide receiver Sammy Watkins down the sideline for a 98 yard touchdown pass.

Under Review: Brandon Spikes (1:03 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Alexandra Vitale talks with Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes about training camp, and how he has adapted to this Bills defense.

Under Review: Brandon Spikes (1:03 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Alexandra Vitale talks with Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes about training camp, and how he has adapted to this Bills defense.

Andre Reed’s one Hall of Fame regret (11:00 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: One particular member of Buffalo’s Hall of Fame contingent won’t be there to share the memorable day.

Matt Birk: Guiding Players on and off the Field (10:30 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Former Vikings and Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk joined The John Murphy Show to discuss his new role as NFL Director of Football Development.

Buffalo veterans fundraiser chaired by Mary Wilson (10:27 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Anna Stolzenburg: Bills Controlling Owner and wife of Bills founder Ralph Wilson, Jr. will serve as the Honorary Chair of Party in the Park – A Tribute to Our Troops on August 19 at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. A special plaque honoring Ralph Wilson, Jr. and his military achievements; Bob Kalsu, former […]

Donald Trump would sell casino holdings if he wins Buffalo Bills bidding: report (10:08 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Donald Trump would sell his casinos if his bid to purchase the Buffalo Bills goes through, according to a new report in the New York Post . Trump has offered $1 billion-plus to purchase the team, which went up for sale after owner Ralph Wilson Jr. died in June. If indeed he does win the bid, and there's serious doubt about whether he'll even be in the hunt, he apparently will sell his remaining stake in his casinos. The NFL's anti-gambling policy could mean that Trump would have a more difficult time getting approval, even though he only owns common stock in the casinos and has no executive authority . Trump is one of three bidders on the team. Another is headed by Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula , while a third includes Jon Bon Jovi . (Here's a helpful link to Bon Jovi's greatest hits for all your "Livin' on a Prayer"/"Bad Medicine" pun needs.) Pegula's bid is approximately $1.3 billion, while the Bon Jovi bid could be as high as $1.2 billion . Approximately 15 groups expressed interest in bidding, but only the three bids came in by the Tuesday deadline. The Post reported that the Bills may be interested in extending the deadline because of the relative lack of bids. Trump and Pegula would likely keep the team in Buffalo, while the Bon Jovi group would likely move the team to Toronto. Even so, Trump is not optimistic about his odds to win the team , "I would say the chances are very, very unlikely, because I'm not going to do something totally stupid," he said. "Maybe just a little bit stupid, but not totally stupid." The team was valued by Forbes at $870 million, but the billion-plus price tag is not surprising because of the scarcity of NFL teams for sale. The prospective new owner could be announced before the start of the season, and could be voted on by other owners by midseason. ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Facebook or on Twitter. Follow @jaybusbee

Extra points will be just a little tougher early in preseason, starting Sunday (8:52 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: You might notice something interesting the first time either the Buffalo Bills or New York Giants score a touchdown in Sunday's Hall Of Fame Game. The extra points will be just a little harder. As Pro Football Talk wrote , the NFL is experimenting with the length of extra points, and for Sunday's games as well as the second week of the preseason, when the other 30 teams play games, the NFL will move the ball back from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line for all attempts. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] Two-point conversions will be declared first, taking the rare fake out of the equation, and will be tried from the standard 2-yard line. Will this work? Will it reveal much? Honestly, doubtful. Kicks from 33 yards out are not that much tougher from those from 20 yards. NFL kickers missed only five extra-point attempts last season, and they all 14 combined kicks from 19 yards and in. Heck, they only missed six kicks (out of 242 attempts) inside 29 yards. The number of misses goes up from 30 to 39 yards — 30 misses out of 295 — so we're talking about about a 90-95 percent certainty versus a 99-percent make rate. That said, this change is coming. Roger Goodell has suggested scrapping the extra point, and others around the league agree with him in theory. We already have goalposts that reach five feet higher, and the NFL could make the extra-point change full time in a season or two if there are enough proponents, and right now the extra point is, as Bill Belichick once so eloquently said, a "non-competitive play." - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

Thursday morning one-liners (8:31 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Darin Gantt: Bills LB Nigel Bradham’s suspension stemmed from a dropped charge of marijuana possession. The Dolphins are apparently moving on from the Shelley Smith experiment at C. The Patriots like being able to go to the bullpen for FB James Develin. Jets rookie TE Jace Amaro is struggling early in camp. The Ravens are running a…

Nick Kostos: Predicting the Most Improved Players (8:30 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bleacher Report's Nick Kostos joined The John Murphy Show to reveal his picks for the most improved players at each position for 2014. One includes a third year Bills defensive back.

Wednesday's Sports In Brief (3:48 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will ''end well'' for the league. Stern said his successor, Adam Silver, has been ''forceful'' but also ''demonstrated a compassionate side'' in his reaction to the racist remarks that were made by the Los Angeles Clippers owner. Sterling's wife, Shelly, later agreed to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion, a transaction the league believes will close shortly even as Donald Sterling continues trying to fight in court. TENNIS Rafael Nadal withdrew from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year's last Grand Slam tournament.

Training Camp Live Blog: 7/31 (1:00 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Follow practice live as Bills reporters cover 2014 training camp sessions.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Woods had play of the day (11:55 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills WR Robert Woods had a heck of a finish to practice Wednesday as he made a couple of touchdown catches on back-to-back plays during 7-on-7 red zone. His first of two touchdown catches was easily the play of the day. Woods worked his way to the right rear corner of the end zone where […]

Brown: "I want to play as physical as possible" (11:00 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Rookie LB Preston Brown joined The John Murphy Show to discuss his role on the defense, the influence from his father, and why he loves to study the game of football.

Hall of Fame profile: Buffalo Bills WR Andre Reed (10:57 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the seven new Hall of Famers this week, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game. Andre Reed Buffalo Bills, 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins Wide receiver Greatest moment The 1993 season was not Reed's best by any means — he had 11 seasons in the NFL with more catches, eight seasons with more receiving yards and five more years with more touchdowns. But Reed's playoff performance in the Bills' wild-card victory over the Houston Oilers was one of the best in one of the biggest comebacks in NFL history. The Oilers led 35-3 in the third quarter and looked to be doomed with quarterback Jim Kelly hurt and backup Frank Reich taking his place. But after the Bills cut the lead to 35-17, Reed started to take over. He caught touchdown passes of 26 and 18 yards in the third quarter and a 17-yard score in the fourth to give the Bills the lead in a game they eventually would win in overtime. The three receiving touchdowns are tied for the most in NFL playoff history, and Reed finished the game with eight receptions for 136 yards, the second-highest playoff yardage total he put up in his 21 postseason games. The highest total would come four weeks after the dramatic Oilers comeback, but it would come in a losing effort in Super Bowl XXVII — the third of four straight Bills losses in the championship game. Impact on the game At the time of his retirement after the 2000 season, Reed ranked third all time in receptions with 951 and his 13 seasons with 50 or more catches is tied for second most in NFL history, behind only Jerry Rice. Reed now ranks 11th in receptions all time (with the 10 men ranked ahead of him all retiring after him) and 13th in receiving yards with 13,198.

Hall of Fame profile: Buffalo Bills WR Andre Reed (10:57 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the seven new Hall of Famers this week, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game. Andre Reed Buffalo Bills, 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins Wide receiver Greatest moment The 1993 season was not Reed's best by any means — he had 11 seasons in the NFL with more catches, eight seasons with more receiving yards and five more years with more touchdowns. But Reed's playoff performance in the Bills' wild-card victory over the Houston Oilers was one of the best in one of the biggest comebacks in NFL history. The Oilers led 35-3 in the third quarter and looked to be doomed with quarterback Jim Kelly hurt and backup Frank Reich taking his place. But after the Bills cut the lead to 35-17, Reed started to take over. He caught touchdown passes of 26 and 18 yards in the third quarter and a 17-yard score in the fourth to give the Bills the lead in a game they eventually would win in overtime. The three receiving touchdowns are tied for the most in NFL playoff history, and Reed finished the game with eight receptions for 136 yards, the second-highest playoff yardage total he put up in his 21 postseason games. The highest total would come four weeks after the dramatic Oilers comeback, but it would come in a losing effort in Super Bowl XXVII — the third of four straight Bills losses in the championship game. Impact on the game At the time of his retirement after the 2000 season, Reed ranked third all time in receptions with 951 and his 13 seasons with 50 or more catches is tied for second most in NFL history, behind only Jerry Rice. Reed now ranks 11th in receptions all time (with the 10 men ranked ahead of him all retiring after him) and 13th in receiving yards with 13,198.

Can't Miss Play: Robert Woods One-Handed TD (10:55 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as wide receiver Robert Woods makes a one-handed touchdown catch from quarterback EJ Manuel.

Can't Miss Play: EJ Manuel to Chris Hogan (10:48 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as quarterback EJ Manuel connects on a deep ball with wide receiver Chris Hogan.

Can't Miss Play: Michael Carter Interception (10:37 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Watch as cornerback Michael Carter picks off a Thad Lewis pass intended for wide receiver Tori Gurley.

Lions RB Joique Bell enjoys homecoming at Wayne St (10:22 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Joique Bell's winding path to the NFL began at Wayne State, where he starred on a small stage in the shadow of Detroit's skyline. Four years later, he has established himself as player valued enough to get a $9.3 million, three-year contract from the Detroit Lions. Bell was back on his college field Wednesday night with his NFL teammates for a public practice. Lions running backs coach Curtis Modkins, who was an assistant in Buffalo when Bell was trying to break in the league, said that Lynch, Jackson and Spiller were part of the NFL's most talented back field the last 10 years.

“Leap to Superstardom” – JMS 7/30 (10:20 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - johnmurphyshow:   The past two weeks of training camp saw a lot of national pundits make their way through St. John Fisher College. They all had a chance to view quarterback EJ Manuel and give their opinion on the second year QB. Back on Monday night, we had both Cris Collinsworth from NBC Sports and former […]

The John Murphy Show July 30 (9:37 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: LB Preston Brown on why he loves playing in the middle of the defense. Bleacher Report's Nick Kostos predicts the most improved players. NFL Director of Player Development Matt Birk discusses his new role.

Saints finally get a look at their rare Byrd (9:31 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: After missing the first four training camp practices while on the active/physically unable to perform list, free safety Jairus Byrd gave the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday their first glimpse of what he can give them. Byrd, the Saints' top acquisition in free agency this winter, made his much-anticipated debut in pads after missing the team's organized team activities and veteran minicamp following minor back surgery on May 29. Saints coach Sean Payton said last week when camp got under way that Byrd would be back "sooner rather than later," and Byrd made it happen when he got on the field with his new teammates for the first time. The Saints believe the back won't be an issue because it was taken care of early and are ready to see the ball-hawking skills that Byrd brings to a team that was near the bottom of the NFL in takeaways despite ranking fourth in fewest yards allowed.

Bills on the radio (9:24 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Here are the Bills players you can find on the local radio airwaves Thursday morning. WGR 550, Howard Simon and Jeremy White 7:00 am – Boobie Dixon 7:15 am – EJ Manuel WCMF, Break room 7:00 am – EJ Manuel 7:15 am – Boobie Dixon

Bills Roundup: Wednesday News and Highlights (9:20 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Chris Brown recaps all of the news from Wednesday at training camp, plus check out the top plays from practice.

4 things to take from Wednesday’s practice (9:09 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Buffalo’s Wednesday afternoon practice stretched out far longer than planned due to the weather.

NFL Network special on Andre Reed Thursday (9:00 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: The NFL Network has put together one-hour specials on all the Hall of Fame inductees for the 2014 class. The special on Andre Reed airs Thursday. Here are the details. Called ‘The Road to Canton’  the series will feature former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed starting at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday, July 31. […]

Nigel Bradham: "Just Keep Working Every Day" (8:22 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills linebacker talks with the media about his one game suspension from the NFL.

Doug Marrone Wednesday Press Conference (8:00 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills head coach meets with the media after Wednesday's practice at St. John Fisher College.

Fred Jackson: "I just love to play this game" (8:00 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Fred Jackson discusses his contract extension and the possibility of playing his entire career with the Bills.

How Jackson has defied age (7:50 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Fred Jackson just turned 33 in February, but the Bills veteran back, who just signed a contract extension Wednesday, doesn’t move and cut like a 33-year old. Jackson has a couple of theories as to why. Jackson said he feels as good as he ever has coming into this season, which might be surprising to […]

Browns sign veteran S Jim Leonhard to contract (7:25 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Cleveland has signed safety Jim Leonhard, making the Browns the fifth different NFL team in the nine-year veteran's career. The Browns confirmed the signing Wednesday after Leonhard wrote on Twitter that, ''It's official, I just signed my 8th NFL contract to become a part of the Cleveland Browns.

Browns sign veteran S Jim Leonhard to contract (7:25 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Cleveland has signed safety Jim Leonhard, making the Browns the fifth different NFL team in the nine-year veteran's career. The Browns confirmed the signing Wednesday after Leonhard wrote on Twitter that, ''It's official, I just signed my 8th NFL contract to become a part of the Cleveland Browns.

Marrone not pleased with early play of Bills offense (7:10 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: As is usually the case early in any training camp, the Buffalo Bills defense is ahead of the offense at St. John Fisher College. The problem, though, is just more than one week into practice, the defense seems to be light years ahead of the offense as second-year quarterback EJ Manuel and his band of fellow inexperienced backup quarterbacks are really struggling to get things going. Manuel has refused to acknowledge the obvious struggles, falling back on the same refrain, that the offense is making progress and doing good things, even though the results don't look good. Like I've said before, each day we just want to continue to grow as an offense.

Bradham addresses league decision (6:36 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills LB Nigel Bradham, who was suspended by the NFL for one regular season game Wednesday for an incident stemming back to last summer, was caught off guard by the league’s discipline. One of the main reasons why was because all charges were dismissed. “It’s related to what happened last year,” said Bradham following Wednesday’s […]

NFL roundup: Cowboys LT Smith signs eight-year extension (6:31 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Dallas Cowboys signed left tackle Tyron Smith to an eight-year extension worth close to $98 million. The total value of the deal is close to $110 million.

Marrone’s affinity for Fred goes beyond his play (6:26 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills head coach Doug Marrone was naturally pleased to hear that Fred Jackson had signed a contract extension with the club. Jackson’s production, especially playing on a sprained MCL for most of the last season made his yardage and scoring output all the more impressive. But Marrone respects Jackson for much more than his play […]

Fred Jackson signs 1-year contract extension (4:43 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Running back Fred Jackson signed a one-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday. Jackson entered the NFL as a member of Buffalo's practice squad in 2006 as an undrafted free agent.

Fred Jackson signs 1-year contract extension (4:41 PM)
USA Today: Running back Fred Jackson signs 1-year contract extension with Bills        

Bills sign RB Fred Jackson to extension (4:41 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills announced running back Fred Jackson signed a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RB Jackson inks contract extension with Bills (4:33 PM)
ESPN.Com - Mike Rodak: Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson has signed a contract extension with the team. The Bills did not announce the length's of Jackson's extension. Jackson, 33, is the NFL's oldest running back.

Fred Jackson signs one-year extension with Bills (4:15 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: Bills practice was halted on Wednesday when some nasty weather rolled through the area, but some members of the organization were able to make good use of the unexpected free time. They were able to put the finishing touches on the announcement of a one-year extension for running back Fred Jackson. Jackson was entering the…

Fred Jackson signs extension with Bills (4:00 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Buffalo signed veteran RB Fred Jackson to a contract extension, which will keep him with the club beyond this season.

Wilson out indefinitely after injury on Tuesday (3:59 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: New York Giants running back David Wilson will not practice for the rest of the week and is out for Sunday's Hall of Fame game after suffering what the team called a ''burner'' in practice on Tuesday. Late in Tuesday afternoon's practice, Wilson took a short pass from backup quarterback Curtis Painter and ran with his head down into the back of reserve guard Eric Herman. Soon after, Wilson was taken off the field by an assistant trainer. After practice, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that Wilson suffered a ''burner.'' Wilson underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disc in his neck in January.

Wilson out indefinitely after injury on Tuesday (3:59 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: New York Giants running back David Wilson will not practice for the rest of the week and is out for Sunday's Hall of Fame game after suffering what the team called a ''burner'' in practice on Tuesday. Late in Tuesday afternoon's practice, Wilson took a short pass from backup quarterback Curtis Painter and ran with his head down into the back of reserve guard Eric Herman. Soon after, Wilson was taken off the field by an assistant trainer. After practice, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that Wilson suffered a ''burner.'' Wilson underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disc in his neck in January.

Bills' Bradham suspended 1 game by NFL (3:17 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended by the NFL for the team's regular-season opener for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Bills' Bradham suspended 1 game by NFL (3:10 PM)
USA Today: Bills' Bradham suspended 1 game by NFL for violating substance abuse policy        

Aaron Williams shows off his dance moves (3:09 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Aaron Williams lets his teammates know that he is very capable of dancing in the spotlight during a rain delay at Bills camp.

Bills' Bradham suspended by NFL for opener (2:52 PM)
ESPN.Com - Mike Rodak: Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham was suspended one game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Bills' Bradham suspended one game (2:25 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended for the season opener for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday.

Bills' Bradham suspended one game (2:25 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended for the season opener for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday.

Chris Williams: "You Want to Have a Good Showing" (2:16 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills left guard talks about what he wants to get accomplished in the first preseason game, providing some stability to the offensive line, and wanting to prove the doubters wrong.

Bills LB Nigel Bradham suspended for opening game (2:11 PM)
NFL.Com - Patra, Kevin: Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham was suspended for the opening game of the 2014 season. The third-year pro was taking snaps in place of the injured Kiko Alonso.

Bills’ linebacker Nigel Bradham suspended for opening game (2:03 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: With linebacker Kiko Alonso lost for the 2014 season due to a torn ACL, Nigel Bradham has elevated to the top of the depth chart.  But someone other than Bradham will be playing weakside linebacker for the Bills against the Bears on September 7. The NFL has announced that Bradham has been suspended for the…

Under Review: Deon Broomfield (1:49 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Alexandra Vitale talks with Bills Rookie Deon Broomfield about his transition from college to the NFL and more.

Report: Highest initial Bills bid for $1B-plus (12:18 PM)
ESPN.Com - Mike Rodak : Three initial bids were submitted Tuesday to an investment bank handling the sale of the Buffalo Bills, the Toronto Sun reported.

Shutdown Countdown: New England Patriots maintain their elite status (11:47 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order or our initial 2014 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 2, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton. Even when the Patriots don't look quite like the Patriots, they still win. For the first six games last season, the Patriots showed some clear weaknesses. Mostly, they didn't have a receiver who Tom Brady could rely on. The offensive line didn't play well either. Brady looked as average in that stretch as he has in years – which is why it was strange that he got MVP buzz late, because you'd assume that award takes into account the whole season. New England looked very beatable. Except nobody could beat them. The Patriots were 5-1 after that stretch, thanks in large part to a coaching tour de force by Bill Belichick. They went on to go 12-4, with their losses coming by 7, 3, 4 and 4 points.

Shutdown Countdown: New England Patriots maintain their elite status (11:47 AM)
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Report: Initial Bills bid tops $1 billion (9:26 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: On Tuesday, the deadline came and went for making a non-binding indication of interest in buying the Bills.  And one of the potential buyers who expressed interest reportedly is willing to pay a lot of money for the privilege of doing so. According to Josh Kosman and Lois Weiss of the New York Post, Buffalo…

Wednesday morning one-liners (6:46 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Michael David Smith: Jets coach Rex Ryan wasn’t happy when QB Tajh Boyd took a hit in practice: “We don’t hit our quarterbacks, period,” Ryan said. “That’s why they’re in the red jersey. You got to be smart.” Bills QB EJ Manuel’s position coach thinks the sky is the limit for his potential. Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor…

Andre Reed's HOF induction gives Bills cause to celebrate (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Andre Reed views his induction as something capable of providing anyone who's ever had a connection to the Bills a joyous diversion.

Training Camp Live Blog: 7/30 (3:40 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Follow practice live as Bills reporters cover 2014 training camp sessions.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Former Florida State DB Jajuan Harley turns in Walmart badge for shot with Bills (11:20 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Though his career didn't turn out as expected with the Seminoles, the safety never gave up on his dream of making the NFL.

Former Florida State DB Jajuan Harley turns in Walmart badge for shot with Bills (11:20 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Though his career didn't turn out as expected with the Seminoles, the safety never gave up on his dream of making the NFL.

NFL roundup: Seahawks' Winston signs for one year (7:23 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Eric Winston signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, who envision the eight-year veteran at right tackle. In addition to signing Winston, the Seahawks placed wide receiver Taylor Price on injured reserve, released cornerback Chandler Fenner and guard Bronson Irwin and signed wide receiver Randall Carroll and cornerback Terrell Thomas. Thomas, a USC product recruited by Carroll, was a second-round pick of the New York Giants in 2008. ---Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham remained absent from training camp on Tuesday and the team had no indication as to when he might show up.

NFL roundup: Seahawks' Winston signs for one year (7:23 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Eric Winston signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, who envision the eight-year veteran at right tackle. In addition to signing Winston, the Seahawks placed wide receiver Taylor Price on injured reserve, released cornerback Chandler Fenner and guard Bronson Irwin and signed wide receiver Randall Carroll and cornerback Terrell Thomas. Thomas, a USC product recruited by Carroll, was a second-round pick of the New York Giants in 2008. ---Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham remained absent from training camp on Tuesday and the team had no indication as to when he might show up.

Beckham, Coughlin discuss injured rookie's status (6:03 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Giants coach Tom Coughlin got together before practice on Tuesday and shared their levels of frustration. The first-round draft choice out of LSU has been sidelined since the first day of training camp when he aggravated a hamstring injury. ''We just had a discussion, player/coach,'' Coughlin said. When you're cleared to play you'll be ready to go and you'll earn the respect of your teammates by virtue of what you do on the field and how well you study and work right now.'' Beckham went to see a doctor on Monday and was limited to catching punts on Tuesday.

Saints S Jairus Byrd practices for 1st time (5:56 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March. Byrd, who had offseason back surgery, has been taken off of the Saints' physically unable to perform list, allowing him to join practice. The acquisition of Byrd, who was named to the Pro Bowl while with Buffalo last season, was one of New Orleans' most significant moves in free agency. Coach Sean Payton was pleased to see him ready to join practice within the first week of training camp.

Saints S Jairus Byrd practices for 1st time (5:56 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March. Byrd, who had offseason back surgery, has been taken off of the Saints' physically unable to perform list, allowing him to join practice. The acquisition of Byrd, who was named to the Pro Bowl while with Buffalo last season, was one of New Orleans' most significant moves in free agency. Coach Sean Payton was pleased to see him ready to join practice within the first week of training camp.

Former Bills WR Reed blasts Bon Jovi, Manziel (4:19 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Former Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed is no fan of Jon Bon Jovi or Johnny Manziel. As Reeds prepares for induction into the Pro Football of Fame in Canton, Ohio, this weekend, he took some shots at the rocker who is part of a Toronto-based group bidding to buy the Bills and the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback making headlines with his off-the-field actions. As for Bon Jovi, there's concern in Buffalo that Toronto-led buyers would try to move the team to Canada. "Man, (expletive) Bon Jovi!" Reed told New York Magazine.

Bills Hall of Famer has choice words for Bon Jovi (3:25 PM)
USA Today: Andre Reed doesn't trust the rocker and his partners to keep the Bills in Buffalo if they buy the team.        

PFT on NBCSN looks at Bills, Cowboys, more (2:50 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: Tuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN continues to take a tour through NFL training camps, with a closer look at a couple of teams that squared off in a couple of consecutive Super Bowls. The Bills and the Cowboys get the deep-dive treatment during the one-hour show, co-hosted by Russ Thaler and featuring…

Andre Reed no fan of Bon Jovi taking over Bills (1:47 PM)
NFL.Com - Sessler, Marc: Set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, former Buffalo wide receiver Andre Reed wants nothing to do with Jon Bon Jovi taking over his beloved Bills.

Andre Reed has very strong words for Bon Jovi (12:54 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: You know group hug we suggested earlier today to salvage Jon Bon Jovi’s bid for the Buffalo Bills?  The one with Bon Jovi and Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith and Andre Reed? It might be a good idea to not invite Reed to the party. “[F]–k Bon Jovi!” Reed tells New York…

Bills Focus: Preston Brown Finding His Role (12:20 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Rookie Linebacker Preston Brown likes quarterbacking the defense. He discusses playing middle linebacker, what his expectations are for this year, and why his first preseason game will have extra meaning.

Bills host first-ever training camp moms football safety clinic (11:50 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills and USA Football teamed up to teach mothers of youth football players in the Western New York region the proper techniques behind the Heads Up Football initiative.

Trump says his Buffalo Bills bid unlikely to win (11:23 AM)
USA Today: Tells FOX he's "not going to do something totally stupid" to earn right to buy franchise.        

Trump says his Buffalo Bills bid unlikely to win (10:57 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Donald Trump says he'll submit a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills but that it's unlikely his offer will be the winner.

Trump says his Buffalo Bills bid unlikely to win (10:47 AM)
USA Today: Donald Trump says he'll submit bid to buy Buffalo Bills but thinks he isn't likely to win        

Buffalo backlash building against Bon Jovi (10:06 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: As the deadline arrives on Tuesday for potential buyers of the Bills to formally express interest in acquiring the franchise, one of the biggest names of the bunch faces a building backlash in Buffalo. As explained by Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports, Jon Bon Jovi currently doesn’t have many fans in the city where the…

Schottenheimer: "You've got to be very excited" (9:00 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Former NFL Head Coach and former Bills Linebacker Marty Schottenheimer joined The John Murphy Show to discuss his thoughts on the 2014 Bills and what food he misses most from Buffalo.

Tuesday morning one-liners (7:41 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett says that QB E.J. Manuel has “gotten so much more comfortable.” Dolphins rookie WR Jarvis Landry is picking things up quickly. Said Patriots WR Danny Amendola of working with Tom Brady, “The more experience you get with each other, the more you’re on the same page, the more you just…

D-line’s second wave has up-and-comer in Stefan Charles (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: NFL defensive lines must go deeper than a starting four to be dominant for 16 games. Stefan Charles is making his presence felt in an effort to be part of the line’s second wave.

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