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Andre Reed to announce Bills 2nd rd pick

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2014 – 9:06 am

The Bills will have a Hall of Fame presence at the NFL draft a week from today.

Bills Hall of Famer to be Andre Reed will be on hand at Radio City Music Hall for day two of the 2014 NFL draft next Friday to announce the Bills second-round pick.

The NFL is having 32 NFL greats representing each team in round two to come out and announce the picks. Other former Bills who are participating include Hall of Famer James Lofton, who will announce the Packers pick and London Fletcher, who will announce Washington’s pick.

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Lofton working with WR prospect Evans

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2014 – 9:31 am

Bills Hall of Fame WR James Lofton has been a wide receivers coach in the NFL. Right now he’s a successful broadcaster as he was part of the Super Bowl radio broadcast Sunday. He’s also still tutoring young players like NFL wide receiver prospect Mike Evans out of Texas A&M.

Widely considered a top 15 draft pick by prognosticators, Lofton confirmed in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 that he’s been coaching up the tall and productive Aggies wideout.

“He turns 21 in August. He is a talented young man and I’ve had a good time working with him the last few weeks,” said Lofton. “I’ll keep working with him until he gets to training camp. I don’t know if the Bills are drafting high enough to get him.”

Buffalo has the ninth pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

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How Lofton got LT to flip on Super Bowl pick

Posted by Chris Brown on January 30, 2014 – 9:15 am

Bills Hall of Fame WR James Lofton will be broadcasting from the sideline Sunday at the Super Bowl between the Broncos and Seahawks. He was also part of the last Super Bowl since this year’s matchup which pit the number one scoring offense against the number one scoring defense as profiled on today. Lofton recently ran into one of his adversaries from that game in fellow Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor and quickly got LT to change his pick on who he believes will win on Super Bowl Sunday.

“Last weekend I was in Houston at an event with Lawrence Taylor so LT and I talked and I asked him, ‘Who do you like in the Super Bowl?’ He said, ‘I like Denver,’” said Lofton. “So I said to him, ‘You know this is the first time that the number one scoring offense is going up against the number one scoring defense since we played.’ And he said, ‘Oh I meant I like Seattle.’ I thought it was kind of funny that he flip flopped that quickly.”

Obviously Taylor quickly sided with the team that resembled his own Super Bowl title team from 1990 in their one-point win over Buffalo.

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Reed, Lofton make top 10 receiving tandems

Posted by Chris Brown on July 11, 2013 – 11:08 am put together a rundown of the top 10 receiving tandems in NFL history. A Bills Hall of Famer and Bills Wall of Famer made the list.

James Lofton and Andre Reed were ranked 10th on the list. Other modern era pairings like Rice and Owens, Holt and Bruce, Carter and Moss and Rice and Taylor (yes Jerry appeared on the list twice) were ranked ahead of them.

Unfortunately playing in the same era as Rice is often what kept Reed from getting his just due during his career. Apparently that is still the case.

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Players’ original numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2011 – 8:32 am

As we cover the Untouchable Bills numbers on the home page of today, we thought we’d also take a look at some of the jersey numbers that some notable Bills wore prior to getting the number by which they’re most recognized.

We’ll start big with the team’s first Hall of Famer, O.J. Simpson, who wore another number prior to 32.

“O.J. was 33 initially,” said Bills equipment manager Dave Hojnowski. “I think he may have also worn 36 as well for a brief time. He almost got a completely different number because the head coach John Rauch wanted to make him a wide receiver instead of a running back.”

James Lofton, who joined the Bills in 1989 was another interesting case. He had worn 80 his entire career, but that wasn’t the case when he first arrived in Buffalo.

“He was 86 at first,” Hojnowski said. “He eventually got 80 from Flip Johnson.”

Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed was issued a horrible number for a wide receiver when he first reported to One Bills Drive.

“Andre was 46,” said Hojnowski. “When he first came in that’s what he got. He was a fourth-round pick and it was one of those minicamp numbers.”

Here is a rundown of some other Bills who wore another number prior to the one they are most identified with.

Cornelius Bennett was 97 before going to 55
Ryan Denney was 90 before becoming 92
Lee Evans was briefly 84 but got 83 eventually
Jabari Greer was 37 before he went to 33
Tony Hunter was 49 before he was 87
Harry Jacobs was 56 and 54 before becoming 64
Sammy Morris was 45, then 33 and finally 31
Jamie Mueller was 39 before going to 41
Mark Pike was 57 and then 94
Jay Riemersma was 49 before he was 85
Aaron Schobel was initially 95 before getting 94
John Tracey was 85 before taking 51
David White was 50 before becoming 51
Shaud Williams was 36 before going to 40
George Wilson was 15 and now is 37
Wil Wolford was 69 before going to 73
Kenyatta Wright was 57 before taking 98

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HOFers that have RSVP’d for induction day

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2009 – 4:09 pm

More than 70 Hall of Famers have RSVP’d and will be attending enshrinement ceremonies on Aug. 8 at the Pro Football HOF in Canton. And there are several former Bills on that list as expected.

Among the Bills HOF’ers who have already RSVP’d are Joe D., Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, James Lofton and Billy Shaw. I think it’s safe to assume that Thurman Thomas will be attending knowing he’s one of Bruce Smith’s closest friends. He just probably hasn’t sent the RSVP back yet.

Here’s the whole list of the HOF’ers that have RSVP’d that you can expect to see if you’re attending HOF weekend.

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Kelly on T.O.

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2009 – 3:39 pm

Jim Kelly was asked about a lot of things at his annual charity golf tournament Monday including the Bills’ addition of Terrell Owens. Kelly likes that there will be a guy with a strong personality in the locker room.

“To be honest with you, you need sopmething to stir up that locker room and get the team excited again,” said Kelly. “All he can ask for is an opportunity to come in and show he wants to be part of this team. One thing you can say about T.O. is he’s a football player. He wants to be good, he wants to be the best and he’s going to give you everything he’s got on the football field. He’s Mr. Touchdown.”

Kelly has compared the Bills’ acquisition of Owens to that of the Bills of his era acquiring James Lofton.

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