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National media roundup: Sean McDermott better have a new plan for covering Julio Jones this week

Here's a look at stories involving the Buffalo Bills from around the country.

1. Sean McDermott's previous game plan for covering Julio Jones didn't work very well.

Falcons receiver Julio Jones caught 12 passes for 300 yards and a touchdown in a game against the Panthers last season. Safe to say defensive coordinator Sean McDermott's game plan deserved some criticism.

"For some reason, Sean McDermott, who was Carolina’s defensive coordinator, elected to cover Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones with a single player last season," veteran Falcons writer D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote.

"Man-to-man against the league’s top receiver is super aggressive and not highly advised."

Ledbetter said he would certainly expect McDermott to provide help for cornerbacks Tre'Davious White and E.J. Gaines this week.

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2. Chris Berman shared the best lesson he learned from Ralph Wilson.

Chris Berman, the longtime ESPN broadcaster, lost his wife, Kathy, in a car accident in May. He discussed how he has coped with the loss on this week’s edition of ESPN’s “Know Them From Adam” podcast with Adam Schefter and revealed that while he never got bogged down wondering why things happened the way the did, his outlook was often molded by a lesson from the late Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

Berman said he enjoyed spending the weekend with Wilson at Wilson's Hall of Fame induction in 2009, which was when their conversation took place.

“I think he was 90 … but still very sharp at the time and I was the presenter as you remember – one of the honors I’ll take to my own grave. We spent a lot of time those few days,” Berman said.

“He said, ‘You know what Chris? If there’s something you want to do in your life, don’t wait.’ Now, he wasn’t implying doom and gloom, I think he was just implying maybe, you know, physical health to yourself at that point. And not that that’s news – that came from a gentleman who did it all, including serving the country in World War II in both the Atlantic and the Pacific, so he has my respect long before he owned the Bills – and I guess it didn’t mean like to squeeze everything in, but appreciate your friends. … I certainly have learned that your friends and your family who you care for, don’t ever take that for granted.”

Berman said he and his wife had always planned to spend a few months living in Maui and they never got to it. So don’t wait, he said.

3. The best food at New Era Field is ... a drink? 

Maybe that's fitting given the national perception of Bills fans. Sports Illustrated ranked the best food item available at each NFL stadium in 2017 and picked the "Moonshine Mary" for New Era Field.

"This beverage invites visitors to try a whole new kind of meal — and this one's in a glass. The stadium's moonshine-spiked, spicy tomato quaff is the perfect way to get fans cheering bright and early," SI wrote.

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