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DeVree’s first day

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2009 – 7:55 pm

Bills new tight end Tyson DeVree is trying to quickly get accustomed to Buffalo’s offensive system as head coach Dick Jauron intends to play him a respectable amount in Thursday night’s preseason finale.

“I’m excited to be here,” said DeVree after practice Tuesday. “There’s a lot of new stuff to learn and I’m just hoping to pick up on whatever they can teach me and just excited to be out here again.”

The former Patriots practice squader admits he’s got a lot of new terminology to learn, but is excited about the prospect of playing Thursday night.

“I’m going to do what I’m told now,” he said. “Just like I said learn everything I can, do everything I can to be better as a player and help this team out.”

DeVree said he’s still trying to figure out where he’ll fit in this offense. At 6’6″ 245 he’s got a similar build to that of Shawn Nelson and runs relatively well for a tight end. He’s not as fast as Nelson, but has some athleticism in his routes. His build is a little thin because he is so long, and we did not get an opportunity to see him blocking in the run game. So that will be something to examine on Thursday night.

On how his skill set will fit with what the Bills want to do with the tight ends:
I’m still trying to figure that out, where I fit in. It’s the first day and everything is fresh. I’m just trying to learn anything I can right now.


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Bills needed TE help

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2009 – 3:25 pm

The Bills addition of free agent TE Tyson DeVree was a necessary move.

With Derek Fine on the shelf with a hamstring injury, Buffalo had just three healthy tight ends in Derek Schouman, Shawn Nelson and Jonathan Stupar.

Heading into Thursday’s preseason game knowing Schouman would probably not see much time being a starter, they needed another tight end to help get them through the game.

You wonder just how serious Fine’s hamstring injury might be.

But DeVree looks to be more than just a preseason body. He’s got great size (6’6″ 245) and showed some catching ability in his last season at Colorado when he caught 37 passes for 402 yards and eight TDs.

We’ll see how athletic he is on the practice field today. He’ll be wearing jersey #87.


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