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Andre excited about youth at receiver

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2013 – 11:23 am

Bills Wall of Famer Andre Reed was drafted in 1985 when Buffalo took two wide receivers (Reed and Chris Burkett). It’s partly why Reed took notice when the Bills took a pair of wide receivers in the draft this year in Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. Those additions also have him keenly interested in how the passing game plays out for the Bills this fall.

“It’s interesting that they took a pair of receivers. It might be the first time since I was drafted. I’m real excited about what Doug (Marrone) wants to do there, and the offensive coordinator and what he wants to do,” said Reed. “A big, strong quarterback in EJ (Manuel), really mobile guy and in Buffalo you’ve got to have a strong arm and he has a strong arm. It’ll  be interesting to see. It looks like on paper they want to open it up with that West Coast style offense and get the guys the ball early so they can do something with the ball. It should be an exciting year. I think C.J. Spiller is really exciting. He’s got to be.”

Actually there have been several times that the Bills have taken a pair of receivers in the draft, although the 2013 draft is the first time the Bills have drafted a pair of receivers in the first four rounds since 1989 when Buffalo took Don Beebe (round 3) and John Kolesar (round 4).


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Barnett preps at Beebe’s facility

Posted by Chris Brown on July 12, 2012 – 9:47 am

Bills LB Nick Barnett is back in Wisconsin for the next few weeks leading up to training camp. He’s not commiserating with former Packers teammates. Instead he’s at one of former Bills receiver Don Beebe’s House of Speed locations tuning up for the 2012 season.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Barnett trained there last offseason and wanted to make a return trip this summer after having his best statistical season in his first year with the Bills since 2007.

Barnett admitted he had extra motivation after the Packers released him and signed with the Bills.

“I was disappointed in the fact that I was released,” Barnett told the Press-Gazette. “I definitely wanted to go out and show them as well as show myself and anybody else who doubted me that I’m still who I am. I’m still here to play football. I still love to play the game. I’m still going to run to the ball, make plays and have fun.”

Barnett is working at the former Bills wide receiver’s House of Speed location in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin.


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DE Quinn with a Bills tie

Posted by Chris Brown on April 21, 2011 – 9:10 am

North Carolina DE Robert Quinn, widely forecast as a top 15 pick, has an interesting Bills connection.

Quinn in an effort to improve his speed for the NFL combine and his pro day went to a former Bills speedster for help. Former Bills wide receiver Don Beebe served as Quinn’s speed coach during the pre-draft process.

“I did about half my training at Pensacola, Fla., at API,” said Quinn. “I finished (the last) two and a half, three weeks up in Chicago with
Don Beebe.”

Beebe’s House of Speed has developed a good reputation for shaving precious tenths off of prospect’s 40 times. Coming off of a year of inactivity having served an NCAA suspension that cost him his 2010 season, Quinn still put up the best 40 time at the defensive end position among the top prospects in the draft pool.

He ran a 4.62 at the NFL combine and a 4.6 flat at his pro day.


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