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Andre coaching WRs at NFLPA bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2014 – 8:38 am

Andre Reed has been in the news of late because for the eighth time he is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This week he’s also busy doing some coaching in a college all-star game.

Reed is coaching inside receivers at the NFLPA bowl practices this week in California and will be on the sidelines during Saturday’s all-star game of college prospects. Among the players Reed will be coaching is UB WR Alex Neutz.

There are also two other Bills ties to the coaches who will be working this week at the NFLPA bowl. Another former Bills player, LB Keith Goganious is going to be coaching defensive tackles on the same staff with Reed under head coach Dennis Green for the ‘American team.’

On the staff under Dick Vermeil that’s coaching the ‘National team’ is former Bills receivers coach Charlie Joiner, who coached on Buffalo’s staff under Marv Levy and Wade Phillips.


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Bills WRs to get heavy expertise

Posted by Chris Brown on January 25, 2013 – 9:14 am

Buffalo’s wide receiving corps is going to get a heavy dose of expertise from one of the most accomplished receiver coaches in terms of a playing career in team history.

Bills new receivers coach Ike Hilliard had a 12-year playing career. The former first-round pick played for the Giants and Buccaneers and appearing in a Super Bowl with New York. Hilliard’s career was cut short by a neck injury, but began a coaching career soon after.

“I’ve been extremely blessed,” Hilliard said. “Being fortunate enough to transition so quickly after playing is something that is very unique. I’ve been coached by some outstanding coaches, so I’ve learned a lot throughout the years. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, learned from those. I’ve had some success and I’m hoping to be able to lean on my experience as a player to give to our guys in our room and be able to help them improve their game and be successful players.”

Hilliard’s 12 years as a player makes him one of the most experienced receivers coaches from a playing perspective in team annals. Not since the days when Hall of Fame wide receiver Charlie Joiner was Buffalo’s receivers coach (1992-2000) has Buffalo’s receivers had a former NFL receiver coaching them. Joiner played 18 seasons in the league and just retired earlier this week after a combined 44 years in the NFL playing and coaching.

Hilliard told Buffalobills.com that Stevie Johnson would still have the latitude to use his unconventional route running style in Buffalo’s new offensive system.


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