The Buffalo Bills selected wide receiver, Marquez Stevenson, out of the University of Houston with the 203rd pick in the sixth round.
Here are three things to know about the newest Buffalo Bill:
1. Ties with the Bills
Stevenson was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana where Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White also grew up. Throughout high school, one of his mentors was White and he helped him grow as a football player. Stevenson and Ed Oliver were both part of the same 2016 recruiting class for Houston.
2. Makes an impact in the return game
During his time at Houston, Stevenson returned 38 kicks for 889 yards and returned three for touchdowns. In 2020, he returned four kicks for 145 yards which is an average of 36 yards per return. His first kick return of the season he recorded a career-long 97-yard return for a touchdown.
3. Overcame adversity
Before he became a two-time All-AAC first-teamer, Stevenson had to overcome two injuries early in his career at Houston. He missed the 2017 season with a torn ACL, then the next season led the team with 75 receptions for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns.
"I just feeling like everything happens for a reason," Stevenson said to KTBS 3. "Talked to my mom about it. Soon as I got the news [about my ACL] I called her and we cried on the phone together. At this point I just broke my collarbone, now my ACL (is torn) so now I'm second guessing myself. 'Is this really for me? Should I have come to Houston?' But at the end of the day I can only control what you can control, everything happens for a reason. I knew when that time came, I knew I was going to make the best of it."
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