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Bills Today: T.O. set to be immortalized


1 - T.O. set to be immortalized

Every NFL player once dreamed of stepping out onto an NFL field for the first time with dreams and visions of their potential enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For Terrell Owens, his hall of fame dreams have become reality.

Owens played in the NFL for 15 seasons, quickly becoming one of the league's most polarizing figures. Whether he was dumping popcorn into his helmet, pulling in the longest pass in Buffalo Bills history in 2009, or developing one of the top trash talking personas in the NFL; Owens was always somebody to look out for.

After eight years in San Francisco, two years in Philadelphia, and three years in Dallas, Owens made his second-to-last stop in Buffalo in 2009. Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns that year; all while creating the "T-O in the B-Lo" craze and starring in his own reality show.

Owens has declined to speak at the enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio, instead electing to hold his own ceremony on the campus of his alma mater, UT-Chattanooga. He concluded his career as one of the most decorated wide receivers to ever play the game; finishing his career with nearly 16,000 receiving yards, 153 touchdowns, and 1,078 receptions. He is the second leading receiver of all time behind only Jerry Rice.

Bills fans can look back with a bit of nostalgia as they remember the connection between Owens and then Bills quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Although his career was filled with odd moments, controversy, and captivating press conferences, Owens will go down as one of the best to ever do it.

2 - Berman confident in McDermott's abilities

In Buffalo and around the league, confidence in Sean McDermott's ability to lead a contender is growing. Former ESPN analyst Chris Berman knows McDermott and thinks that he is poised to take another step towards greatness.

"Sean [McDermott] knows defense inside and out," said Berman. "I got to know him a little bit when he worked with one of my good friends in Andy Reid."

Berman believes that McDermott has a good feel for how things will progress in Buffalo moving forward.

"He has a good feel for the big picture," Berman said. "A big picture perspective is important for coaching."

Berman has observed the Bills rebuild under Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott from afar, and he noted that he thinks the team has all of the necessary components, and one star running back, to grow.

"They've got a lot of pieces in place," he said. "Oh, and by the way, LeSean McCoy is great."

Coach McDermott and the entire Buffalo Bills organization appear to have taken a road to success in the near future, and they will continue to implement new strategies to improve upon their current team building philosophy.

3 - Edmunds predicted as DROY

Tremaine Edmunds has it all; size, speed, instincts, and a belief that he will be a great player in the NFL. That belief is shared by many, including a panel of journalists from Bleacher Report. Bleacher Report recently released their predictions for the 2018 NFL awards, and they predicted that Bills rookie Tremaine Edmunds will win defensive rookie of the year. Here is what they had to say about the youngest player in the NFL.

The 20-year-old has the skill set to be a dominant defensive force in the NFL. He has the speed to cover tailbacks and slot receivers and harass quarterbacks off the edge and the strength to fight through blocks and get to the quarterback.

Bleacher Report's panel believes that Edmunds pure talent, combined with the opportunity to start and play immediately, cements him as the premier candidate to win defensive rookie of the year.

It's a convergence of talent and opportunity—one with the potential to net Edmunds some attaboys at the end of the year.

As Edmunds looks to make his mark in the NFL, many believe that he could and should develop into one of the NFL's best linebackers. His combination of size and speed will be on display in 2018, and he is certainly a candidate to be the best defensive player selected in his class.


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