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'Try to do something special' | WR Keon Coleman, S Cole Bishop and DT DeWayne Carter embrace their first day in Buffalo

Keon Coleman arrives at 1 Bills Drive, April 27, 2024.
Keon Coleman arrives at 1 Bills Drive, April 27, 2024.

Three of the newest Buffalo Bills made their first trip to One Bills Drive as official members of the team Saturday afternoon.

Wide receiver Keon Coleman, safety Cole Bishop and defensive tackle DeWayne Carter toured the facility, met with coaches and spoke to the media as they took in one of the biggest days of their lives.

"I don't think anything seems real yet," Carter said with a smile on his face. "I'm just so excited to be here. I'm excited to be around so many great people."

Excitement was one of the many emotions the incoming rookie class described about their first day in Buffalo.

For Coleman, who led Florida State last season with 658 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns last season, a great deal of his excitement stemmed from the fact that he would soon be catching passes from 2023 MVP finalist Josh Allen.

"He texted me the day of and was like, 'You're the guy I want. I watched a lot of receivers and I want to play with you,'" Coleman said. "And I've been saying the same thing. I want to play with the guy that wears number 17. I think he's a great quarterback, one of the best in the league right now and I would love to be catching passes from him. I'm ready for that."

Coleman felt right at home on his first day in Buffalo, even taking time to enjoy a Wegman's cookie after his media availability. The 20-year-old's affinity for the Bills began well before he heard his name called, as he had the opportunity to visit the facility during the scouting process.

"It's been a great mutual interest and when I came on my [Top 30] visit, I was like, 'Why are y'all letting me leave? I plan on coming back,'" Coleman said. "So we ended up making that happen."

Unlike Coleman, Bishop had not been to Orchard Park before Saturday. The former Utah safety said he was happy to share the memorable moment of walking into Highmark Stadium and seeing his name on the jumbotron with his family.

"I've never been to Buffalo before, so being able to go in there – I didn't know my [name] was going to be up there, so that was pretty cool," Bishop said. "I'm glad to have my parents there with me, you know, taking in that moment was awesome."

Bishop, who matched up against fellow Ute Dalton Kincaid on the practice field at Utah, said he was looking forward to diving into the team culture in Buffalo.

"From what I've heard, it seems like this culture and Utah's culture are a little bit similar, kind of that blue collar mindset," Bishop said. "So I'm coming in, I'm bringing my own culture, but also I'm gonna buy into whatever they do. So I mean, I'm just excited to get around the guys and try to do something special."

Fitting in with Buffalo's culture seemed an important trait for Beane and his staff in their selections. One player who stood out to the Bills in particular as a strong leader was Carter, who was Duke's only ever player to be voted team captain three times in his career.

"It means the world to me because I think my teammates viewed me as the ultimate teammate at the end of the day," Carter said. "And that's what I said I do every day is to be the best teammate I can be, and just be a good overall person."

The defensive tackle is looking forward to returning to Buffalo for rookie minicamp and beyond as he finds his footing in a new city and with a new team.

"I can't wait to get here, learn the landscape, learn Buffalo from Buffalo and actually figure out where I can make the biggest impact," Carter said. "Where [my impact] will be technically, in my community outside of this facility and the team."

Scroll to see photos of Keon Coleman, Cole Bishop, and DeWayne Carter as they arrive for their first day as Buffalo Bills.

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