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Bills Today: John Brown impressed by Bills’ pursuit

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1. John Brown impressed by Bills’ pursuit

The Bills got the receiver they wanted this offseason. Albeit it’s one year after they thought John Brown would sign in Buffalo. The Bills pursued Brown during the 2018 offseason until he signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens with a player option for 2019.

Brown decided to part ways from the Ravens after one season and the Bills came knocking on his door again.

“It means a lot to me,” Brown said on One Bills Live, Wednesday. “It took me back to my college days before I went to Pittsburg State. They tried to get me over and over again but I wouldn’t fall for it but he never gave up on me. When a coach or person doesn’t give up on you that’s something that’s really important.”

Despite the quarterback turnover in Baltimore from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson, Brown still envisioned himself staying there for the duration of his contract but Buffalo did not stop pursuing him until his decision was made.

Brown’s main concern throughout the process was making enough money to take care of his family.

2. How Leonard Johnson has helped WR Ray-Ray McCloud

No, the Bills did not make another signing this offseason. Former Buffalo Bill cornerback Leonard Johnson has been around training camp helping out members of the team, specifically second-year wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud.

“Leonard Johnson has helped me out greatly so far,” McCloud said after practice on Wednesday. “Just waking me up early and focusing on what I want to be able to do so I can work out and be free and focus on my craft.”

McCloud has been a standout from camp so far. He’s been cited by coaches unprompted as someone who has made great strides since last season.

“I think Ray Ray McCloud has had a real nice training camp to this point,” head coach Sean McDermott said. “Just with effort and doing the things we expect our wide receivers to do. At the end of the day you got to get open, get separation, catch the football.”

McCloud suffered an injury last season at an unfortunate time right near the end of training camp. McCloud was thrown off of his routine from preseason and wondered what he would spend his time doing since he was unable to play.

He credited former Bills receiver Jeremy Kerley for helping him get through that tough time after the injury, but once Kerley was released, McCloud felt like he was “in a jungle trying to find his way.”

McCloud says he is able to show his confidence on and off the field more this year as he begins to play “free.” Johnson has been a veteran that has been inspiring and motivating McCloud as he looks to earn his roster spot.

3. NFL Network live from Bills camp

The NFL Network will continue its series of live training camp coverage at St. John Fisher today. 'Inside Training Camp' coverage features nine hours of live, on location coverage from NFL Network analysts and hosts.

Daniel Jeremiah, Kim Jones and Andrew Siciliano will all be on site at Bills training camp.

Head coach Sean McDermott will be live on air on Good Morning Football at 7:30 a.m.

NFL Network’s training camp coverage can be streamed live through the NFL and NFL Network apps on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices. Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/network.

Bills Training Camp, presented by Connors and Ferris, continued on Wednesday, July 31. Check out the best photos from Day 6 by clicking through.

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