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Buffalo Bills wide receivers Tavon Austin and Isaiah McKenzie talk during an OTA practice.

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Veteran wide receiver Tavon Austin can’t wait to show Bills he still has electric traits

Tavon Austin may be 32 – not young for a wide receiver – and he may not be the same guy with the 4.34 seconds of speed in the 40-yard dash he was when the St. Louis Rams selected him eighth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.

But Austin, who missed most of the 2018 and 2020 seasons with injuries and started just three games in the last four years, hopes to prove he can still be a spark of energy and speed for Buffalo’s offense.

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“Adding Tavon just adds depth and competition,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane said. “That’s all it is. We’re constantly looking.”

Will he impress enough to earn a spot in the team and step onto the pitch?


Aaron Kromer returns to a Bills team that has nothing to do with the one he left: The new Buffalo Bills offensive line coach spent time coaching Buffalo’s offensive line under Rex Ryan. Now he returns to coach a Super Bowl contender, with a very different offensive line in mind. “This team and this organization are now checking every box from top to bottom,” the returning coach said. Kromer spoke with The Buffalo News about his return to Buffalo, his brief absence from the game and more. Read more

Smiley ready to take over as Bills special teams manager: Matthew Smiley has no interest in playing the blame game. Smiley was an assistant under special teams coordinator Heath Farwell and returned to work this offseason after Farwell left for Jacksonville. Last year’s “13 Seconds” debacle is a thing of the past. “The good question is, what can each individual do better in their specific area? That’s what I’m going to make sure I try to encourage,” Smiley said. Read more

Heath Farwell, meanwhile… had no interest in deconstructing the last 13 seconds of regulation in Kansas City during his first press conference in Jacksonville on Thursday. Read more

The owner of the Chargers continued: From the Associated Press: “Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos is accused by his sister of repeated breaches of his fiduciary duty. A lawsuit filed by the sister escalates the battle between the four Spanos siblings for control of the NFL franchise.” Read more

The Panthers owner continued: Also from the AP: “Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper’s companies and the town of Rock Hill are being sued by York County, South Carolina, for at least $21 million over the failure of the completion of the team’s proposed $800 million training facility and headquarters.” Read more


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Golf: Katie Cranston wins Women’s Porter Cup in four-round playoff thriller Read more

High Schools: Angelina Napoleon of Allegany-Limestone wins state track championship; Krzanowicz and Mariacher qualified for the final Read more

Hamburg baseball moves to Class A championship game Read more

St. Joe’s loses heartbreaker in Catholic State baseball semifinal Read more

Portville and CSP baseball lose in state semifinals Read more

Today in Sports History: June 11

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