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Jets run front should still be good

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 11:05 am

The Jets were a top 10 run defense in the preseason, which may not hold much significance until you realize their run defense the past two years has put opposing rushing attacks on lock down.

Under head coach Todd Bowles, the Jets run defense has allowed opponents to run for just 91 yards per game. That’s the third-best mark in the NFL over that span.

Yes, they traded away Sheldon Richardson, but Steve McLendon is no slouch on the nose and Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson are Pro Bowl caliber players.

Over the last two seasons, LeSean McCoy’s best day against the Jets was the Thursday night game in 2015 at MetLife Stadium when he ran for 112 yards on just 19 carries in a 22-17 win.

Shady averaged 5.9 yards per carry against what at the time was the number one run defense in the league and literally willed the Bills to victory.

It will take a lot to repeat that kind of production, but McCoy and the offensive line might be two of the most productive aspects of the entire team the past two seasons. The Jets led the league last year in fewest broken tackles allowed with just nine all season.


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Bills and Jets launch NFL Experience sweepstakes

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 10, 2017 – 10:38 am

The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets have teamed up to launch the ultimate NFL Experience sweepstakes. Through the sweepstakes, two lucky fans – one from the Bills and one from the Jets – will win tickets to watch the Bills-Jets primetime matchup on Thursday, Nov. 2 and be among the first to visit the brand new NFL Experience in Times Square.

The NFL Experience takes fans on the ultimate football journey. Complete with a 4D theatre, equipment room, interactives such as a quarterback challenge, and history on each of the NFL’s 32 teams, the NFL Experience has something for everyone to enjoy.

To enter for a chance to win, click here.


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DT Thornton expecting to get some run

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 10:15 am

The Bills signed free agent DT Cedric Thornton just this week, but with Jerel Worthy ruled out of today’s game with a concussion, the veteran defensive tackle will see time on the field for Buffalo today.

“I put in a lot of work this offseason being able to adapt when I came here. They said they’re going to rotate me in Sunday. So I feel good about my preparation this offseason and training camp. They have a few things that are different here from Dallas, but I feel I’ll be effective.”

Thornton is one of just four healthy defensive tackles along with Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Adolphus Washington.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is a proponent of rotating defensive linemen in and out of the lineup to keep the starters fresh throughout the game. Thornton, despite being in Buffalo for less than a week will be rotating in against the Jets.

For Thornton however, his transition to the Bills has been easy.

“Everything it just felt like I’ve been here forever,” Thornton told Buffalobills.com “I came in and the guys were telling me about themselves. They opened up to me real well, the D-line group. They accepted me like I’ve been here through training camp and all that, so it’s not been a problem making this transition. We’ll just see about Sunday.”

When asked if he’ll be able to blend in, Thornton doesn’t want to just blend in. He feels he’ll be able to execute feeling he’s got a good handle on the scheme.

“Not blending in, but standing out within the mix and just being accepted,” he said. “We’ve got a great plan. It’s just how we react, when we get hit in the mouth and they get hit in their mouth. We’re going to try to continue to stick to our plan. Whatever play they call I’m going to continue to go out there and be effective and get a win.”

 


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WR Jones ready for Jets thanks to Matthews

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2017 – 9:10 am

It would be only natural to expect Bills rookie Zay Jones to be nervous for his first NFL game. While he admits he’ll has some anxious moments leading up to kickoff against the Jets today, Buffalo’s second-round pick will be narrowing his focus to perform consistently. And he has veteran receiver Jordan Matthews to thank.

Jones has spent a lot of time in the film room with Matthews. The veteran has proven to be a valuable resource in terms of opponent preparation.

“Jordan’s a great guy [at] breaking down film,” said Jones. “Awesome guy, just to pick his brain, and just watch him go to work. Dissecting film with Jordan has been a big help for me, it’s made me more comfortable. That extra preparation, is ultimately what’s going to make me, and this team ready to play.”

Jones, who carries a quiet confidence about him, will still have nerves, but he expects them to wear off quickly.

“It will be different, first NFL game, but it’s football,” said Jones. “I’ve been doing this since I was little, I have a great group of guys around me that’ll help prepare me, a great group of coaches, so it’s exciting at the same time. It’s going to be fun, and finally it’s going to be a packed house. It’s going to be a great time, I’m ready to enjoy it.”

 


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Jets injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2017 – 3:23 pm

The Jets injury report is just as short as that of the Bills. Only two players appear on their report for Week 1 and both players are out.

TE Jordan Leggett – knee
S Rontez Miles – eye


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Bills injury report is short

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2017 – 3:20 pm

Buffalo’s Week 1 injury report is a short one, and that’s a good thing.

LB Tanner Vallejo (knee) and DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) are the only players who appear on the report.

DL Cedric Thornton is expected to fill Worthy’s role as a rotational defensive tackle on Sunday.


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Fan Friday 9-8

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2017 – 11:54 am

Kickoff weekend is here! Finally Bills regular season football. Let’s dial it up Bills fans with your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Can the D get back into the Top 10 or is the talent level too thin in year one of SM and BB?

Michael Kielma
@bubble_head716

CB: Depth is undoubtedly a concern, particularly at safety and linebacker. But if the Bills can stay relatively healthy, especially on the defensive line, they can flirt with being a top 10 defense. Sean McDermott’s defensive units typically rank high in sacks, run defense and takeaways, all critical elements in defenses that rank in the top 10.

Buffalo’s defensive line will be instrumental in all three of those defensive categories. As long as the front four can stay healthy they can contend for top 10 status.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Predictions on who leads the team in receptions? Dark horse of Charles Clay?

Kyle Yagielski
@DrMrPHD

CB: I don’t think Charles Clay is a dark horse at all. He had 87 targets last season to lead the team and led the team in receptions with 57. Granted that was due in part to the fact that Sammy Watkins played in just eight games, but in Rick Dennison offenses the tight end plays a large role in the passing game. The case will be much the same with Clay this season, especially with all the wide receiver turnover.

So I think Clay is the favorite to lead the team in receptions, with Jordan Matthews as his only real competition.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Shady o/u 100 yards Sunday?

Frank Propis
@Frankpropis

CB: The Jets run front is no joke, even with the trade of Sheldon Richardson. NT Steve McLendon was a nice pickup by New York last year from Pittsburgh. The key will be getting McCoy to the second level on Sunday.

McCoy barely played in the season finale against the Jets, which was kind of a lost game altogether. But in the Week 2 matchup, McCoy average 3.9 yards per carry and finished with 83 total yards from scrimmage.

I think he can do better than that because New York’s linebacking corps is a lot less proven than the group from a season ago. So if you’re asking total yards from scrimmage I say over 100, but over 100 yards rushing, I don’t know. That run front for the Jets is still pretty stout and they’ll be daring the Bills to throw in this game (eight in the box).

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

There is talk of “Tyrod not being a fit to Dennison’s system” , why would a coach have a system that does fit current roster? (ex. Rex)

Bryan Watson
@RealBryanWatson

CB: I find it funny how this has become the narrative for Tyrod in this scheme. Both head coach Sean McDermott and OC Rick Dennison have said on the record that Taylor is “a perfect fit” for this offense. Below is the direct quote I got from McDermott way back in March at the NFL combine.

“He absolutely fits what Rick wants to do,” said McDermott in reference to Taylor. “Having said that a lot of players fit what we want to do in our system. It’s a great system. That’s one of the reasons I hired Rick. We look forward to putting pieces together to build this team the right way.”

I think people are forgetting that what we saw offensively in the preseason is not at all what they’re likely to run come the regular season. So until we see that it’s premature at the least to say Tyrod isn’t a fit, especially when his coaches are telling us the exact opposite and with more emphatic language than usual.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

With the Bills only keeping 5 WR, do you think they have plans for someone like Logan Thomas to be a bigger part of the offense?

Adam Placzek
@iamFlowbee

CB: I do not expect Logan Thomas to be that guy. This is very much a developmental year for him and if he comes on ahead of the expected learning curve, I think he can make some contributions in the passing game in the second half of the season. I think both Charles Clay, as mentioned above, and Nick O’Leary along with Pat DiMarco and LeSean McCoy will be the ones getting extra targets in the passing game knowing Jordan Matthews, Zay Jones and Andre Holmes will be the top three receiving options at the WR position.


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Lions game announced

Posted by Megan Zenger on September 8, 2017 – 9:50 am

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The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Robin Warney from Utica, New York, has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Lions game. The jackpot was $22,974, with a winning ticket for $11,487.

As a loyal Bills fan, Warney routinely buys 50-50 raffle tickets when he attends games. “It felt surreal [to have finally won],” stated Warney. Warney plans to use the money to go to more Bills games this season.

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is seeking volunteers to sell 50/50 Raffle tickets at each 2017 Buffalo Bills home game. Volunteers arrive early and sell raffle tickets pregame until the end of the 3rd quarter, when the winner is drawn. Please note: Volunteers for the 50/50 Raffle must be 18 years of age or older.

If you or someone you know might be interested, please click here.


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Dareus practices fully

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2017 – 3:22 pm

In addition to LeSean McCoy being limited in practice Thursday there was one other change to the team’s injury report.

Marcell Dareus went from being a limited participant in practice Wednesday to a full participant Thursday. Dareus has been dealing with a nagging hip injury.

McCoy was limited with a stomach bug, but finished practice.

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DID NOT PRACTICE

LB Tanner Vallejo – knee

DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

S Colt Anderson – foot

RB LeSean McCoy – illness

FULL PRACTICE

DT Marcell Dareus – hip

OT Cordy Glenn – foot

WR Jordan Matthews – chest

QB Tyrod Taylor – concussion


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Glenn’s reps to be managed Sunday?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2017 – 2:30 pm

Bills LT Cordy Glenn is fully expected to start on Sunday in the opener against the Jets, but will he play the entire game on offense? That appears to be up for debate.

Glenn missed most of training camp and almost the entire preseason until he got 15 snaps in the team’s last preseason game against Detroit. It was an effort to get Glenn re-acclimated to the speed of a live game.

Whether that plus practice over the last week is enough to get his conditioning to the level necessary for a 65 to 70-play game on offense is another question.

The biggest challenge for every NFL head coach is making sure the team is conditioned enough to get through an entire game that first week, something none of their players have done since early January.

For Glenn that task could prove even more difficult, since he’s missed a good portion of training camp and preseason action with his foot ailment.

Head coach Sean McDermott admitted that it’s something they’re going to keep close tabs through the rest of the practice week and on Sunday to determine whether or not they need to rotate another tackle in for him at times.

“We’re going to look at it,” said McDermott. “With every player we look at managing reps in getting guys acclimated to full speed and managing it.”

Rookie Dion Dawkins would be the likely offensive tackle who would rotate in for Glenn if the coaching staff deems it necessary on Sunday


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McDermott: McCoy practiced after getting ill

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2017 – 2:23 pm

Bills feature back LeSean McCoy had a bit of an upset stomach at the start of Thursday’s practice that forced him to miss a bit of the session, including the media viewing portion. But according to head coach Sean McDermott, McCoy returned and got a healthy dose of team reps.

“He got a little bit ill at practice,” said McDermott. “He was here at the beginning and fell ill a little bit there and then came back.”

By the close of practice, McCoy looked back to normal and had a spring in his step.

“It looked like he was good,” McDermott said. “He had a good practice.”

While McCoy was not on the practice field, Mike Tolbert and Taiwan Jones took the majority of the reps during team segments.


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Dareus limited in practice 

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2017 – 5:46 pm

The good news at practice Wednesday was that Cordy Glenn, Jordan Matthews and Tyrod Taylor were full participants. Marcell Dareus however, was not.

Dareus was limited due to a nagging hip injury. He’s been dealing with it for the better part of the last two weeks. Colt Anderson was also limited with a foot injury.

Here’s the injury report for Wednesday.
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DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Tanner Vallejo – knee
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPTION
DT Marcell Dareus – hip
S Colt Anderson – foot

FULL PRACTICE
QB Tyrod Taylor – concussion
OT Cordy Glenn – foot
WR Jordan Matthews – sternum


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Tickets available for Sunday’s home opener

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 6, 2017 – 1:59 pm

Bills fans, it’s not too late for you to purchase individual game tickets for this Sunday’s home opener! Kicking off at 1 p.m., the Bills will take on AFC East opponent the New York Jets at New Era Field. Don’t miss out. For more information on the promotions and giveaways for this week and throughout the 2017 season, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here.

 


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Bills jersey number updates

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2017 – 12:50 pm

With some recent signings and some releases there have been a handful of jersey number changes. Here are the new license plates for some Bills players.

CB Greg Mabin – 31
LB Deon Lacey – 44
DL Cedric Thornton – 91
DL Eddie Yarbrough – 54
QB Joe Webb – 14
RB Taiwan Jones – 26
WR Kaelin Clay – 13
TE Khari Lee – 88


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Bills to debut Billevard & Fan Zone

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 6, 2017 – 8:25 am

This season, the Buffalo Bills will offer fans of all ages a new and enhanced way to experience game days at New Era Field with the Billevard and Fan Zone!

THE BILLEVARD

Kicking off during Buffalo’s Week 1 home opener against the New York Jets, the Billevard is a one-stop shop for the ultimate tailgate. Located on Abbott Road, outside of The Bills Store Parking Lot near Tim Hortons Gate 5 and Pepsi Gate 3, the Billevard will be open to fans each home game from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As fans make their way along the Billevard’s scenic pathway, they’ll be taken on a journey through three of Buffalo’s most iconic locations – historic Main Street/downtown, Orchard Park and Canalside. Within each section, guests will have a unique opportunity to discover Buffalo and create lasting memories.

Complete with a beer garden,* games, photo opportunities, live entertainment, food trucks and a variety of Bills partner offerings, the Billevard is sure to impress.

Each home game fans can enjoy the following, with a variety of additional offerings.

  • Beer garden* – Open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in The Bills Store Lot (north end of Billevard) *Must be 21 to enter*
  • DPM (Virtual Reality): With DPM’s Virtual Reality Experience, you’ll get a feel for what it’s like to get ready in the locker room, race out of the tunnel and out to the 50-yard line just as Bills players do on game day.
  • DPM Souvenir Photo: Save the memory! Get a souvenir photo taken with your friends and family. Free printing and a digital copy too!
  • DJ Milk:  Request your favorite song to get geared up to cheer on your Buffalo Bills!
  • Signature Cutz: Grab a fresh hair cut with the Bills logo before heading into the stadium.
  • Caricature Artist: Stop by the tent for your own complimentary personalized caricature drawing!
  • Kettle Corn Kreations: Hungry for some kettle corn or buffalo wing nuts? Visit Kettle Corn Kreations for a variety of your favorite popcorn flavors, including Buffalo Bills popcorn!
  • Keep Cool Tent: Keep cool for the summer Bills games! Grab lemonade, sunscreen, and eye blacks before you head into the stadium.
  • 50/50 Raffle: Enter your chance to thr 50/50 drawing.
  • WGR Broadcast: Listen LIVE to the WGR broadcast in Founders Plaza.

 

*Please note that the beer garden will open at 10 a.m. on game days. You must be 21 years old to enter.

FAN ZONE

Held in the ADPRO Sports Training Center during each Bills home game, the Fan Zone will take your game day experience to the next level. Available to fans from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the Fan Zone will put your football skills to the test, take you through Bills history, provide fun photo opportunities and introduce you to the latest technology.

The Fan Zone will feature a brand new Media Lounge, which includes Bills Virtual Reality that takes fans on a tour of the locker room and home field. The space will also offer interactives such as, a social media wall and virtual bobble head, allowing fans to share their experience with their friends and family.

The family-friendly Fan Zone will have something for everyone to enjoy. For a list of activities, see below:

  • Buffalo bills mechanical helmet “ride”
  • Green screen photo opportunities 
  • Life-size player photo opportunity
  • Giant bills helmet display
  • Photo opportunities throughout the space
  • Football interactives such as the quarterback challenge and the field goal kick
  • DJ Nicholas Picholas
  • NFL Scouting Combine area, complete with the 40-yard dash, broad jump and high jump
  • Wall of Bills fun facts and history
  • Buffalo Bills trivia
  • Buffalo Bills themed Mini Golf

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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 5, 2017 – 4:05 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

Winning coaches will receive a $1,000 grant for their school’s football program, a framed certificate recognizing their accomplishment, and an invitation to join the Bills on-field Dec. 10 for a pregame ceremony prior to kickoff against the Indianapolis Colts. At the game, a High School Coach of the Year will be honored from each region, with those winners receiving an additional $1,000 for their football program.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 1 of the 2017 season is Brian Hillery, head coach of the McKinley Macks. McKinley defeated the Orchard Park Quakers 25-7 on Friday, Sept. 1. Down by seven at the end of the first quarter, the Macks tied the score on a 65-yard touchdown run by junior RB Kaiyer Fields. Senior DE Troy Coble put the Macks on the board again in the third quarter when he returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown. Putting up 25 unanswered points, McKinley advanced to 1-0 on the season.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 1 is John Dowd, head coach of the Spencerport Rangers. Spencerport kicked off the season at home on Friday, Sept. 1, defeating the Penfield Patriots 36-30. Down 21-7 with a minute left in the half, the Rangers scored to put them within seven points of the Patriots. Down most of the game, the Rangers put together a successful punt fake on fourth-and-five, resulting in a 36-yard completion to set up a scoring drive. Scoring a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Rangers found themselves with a 36-28 lead. Spencerport senior running backs Alton Jones and Chris Carroll combined for nearly 300 yards rushing and five touchdowns in the Rangers’ 36-30 victory.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

 


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Jets sign WR Kerley

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2017 – 2:17 pm

On the same day he made a free agent visit, Jeremy Kerley has signed for a second go round with the team that drafted him. The slot receiver inked a one-year deal with the Jets late Tuesday.

The Jets are trying to bolster a largely unproven receiving corps. Over the weekend they traded DL Sheldon Richardson in exchange for WR Jermaine Kearse. Kerley is a former fifth-round pick of the Jets back in 2011.

Kerley is coming off a career-best 66-catch season with San Francisco. He had signed a three-year extension with the 49ers, but they ultimately cut him over the weekend.


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Where Taylor sits in Return-to-Part process

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2017 – 1:35 pm

On Monday, Tyrod Taylor practiced with his Bills teammates even though he was still in the concussion protocol. The reason why is because he was taking part in the Return-to-Participation Protocol (see below). Knowing he was able to participate in practice Monday, it would appear that he was at step 4, and need only clearance from the Team Physician and Independent Neurological Consultant assigned to the Bills to be a full participant in practice and cleared at some point, hopefully, later this week.

Return-To-Participation Protocol
Step 1 – Rest and Recovery

The player is prescribed rest until his signs and symptoms and neurologic examination, including cognitive and balance tests, return to baseline status.

Step 2 – Light Aerobic Exercise
Under direct oversight of the team’s medical staff, the player should begin graduated cardiovascular exercise and may also engage in dynamic stretching and balance training.

Step 3 – Continued Aerobic Exercis & Introduction of Strength Training
The player continues with supervised cardiovascular exercises that are increased and may mimic sport-specific activities, and supervised strength training is introduced.

Step 4 – Football Specific Activities
The player continues cardiovascular, strength and balance training and participates in non-contact football activities (e.g. throwing, catching, running and other position-specific activities).

Step 5 – Full Football Activity/Clearance
Upon clearance by the Team Physician for full football activity involving contact, the player must be examined by the Independent Neurological Consultant (INC) assigned to his Club. If the INC concurs with the team physician that the player’s concussion has resolved, he may participate in his Club’s next practice or game.


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Why Tyrod can practice while in concussion protocol

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2017 – 12:12 pm

It might come as a surprise to some as to why Tyrod Taylor is able to practice here on Monday while still in the concussion protocol. He’s begun the Return-to-Participation process. Here are the rules that permit him to participate.

The league guidelines state that a player may be considered to return to practice only after the player has returned to baseline status with rest and exertion, has repeat neurophysiological testing, which is interpreted by the team neuropsychology consultant as back to baseline levels of functioning, and has completed the return to participation protocol. He also must be cleared by the team physician and the independent neurological consultant.


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Jersey numbers for new players

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2017 – 10:47 am

Here are the jersey numbers for some of the newest players on the 53-man roster.

TE Khari Lee – 88
LB Deon Lacey – 44
WR Kaelin Clay – 13
OT Conor McDermott – 68
QB Joe Webb – 14


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