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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Making Buffalo his new home, Vontae Davis fosters noble cause

New Bills cornerback Vontae Davis brings a legacy of caring for foster children with him to Buffalo, Nick Veronica writes for [BN] Blitz:

“There were times I had to provide, at 11 years old, and cook for my siblings, my little sisters, and take them to school, make sure they had clothes to wear,” Davis told Veronica. “I was the caretaker while my mother wasn’t really around. It was a lot for an 11-year-old kid. “If it wasn’t for my grandmother, my siblings probably would’ve been separated and put up for adoption and gone to different foster homes. So that’s where the passion comes from helping foster kids because of my situation.”

While playing for the Indianapolis Colts, Davis worked with Hands of Hope Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry to provide shopping sprees and game tickets for foster children. "Hopefully he’ll do that in Buffalo," said Suzy Roth, Hands of Hope's executive director. "You guys are fortunate to have him.”

Ready for OTAs: Veronica also reports that Davis has no limitations in his recovery from groin surgery as the team prepares to open its voluntary offseason workouts on April 16.

Departures: The Bills have lost eight unrestricted free agents from the 2017 roster after wide receiver Jordan Matthews agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots and quarterback Joe Webb signed with the Houston Texans.

#TwitterFingers, Part I: Pro Bowl lineman Richie Incognito took a Trumpian tact to leaving agency Athletes First and confirmed his tweet was serious in a text to the News' Vic Carucci. Incognito recently took a $1.75 million pay cut to stay with the Bills on a restructured contract.


#TwitterFingers, Part II: A fan from Mount Washington, Ky., is apparently planning to come to a Bills game to tailgate for his bachelor party and created a T-shirt that notes he would like to have the wives of Bills players Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde attend.

Pre-draft visits: The Bills are hosting Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. Bishop Timon-St. Jude graduate and University at Buffalo defensive end Demone Harris worked out for the Seahawks on Thursday.

Pre-draft partyHuddle with News sports writers Tim Graham, Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski on April 20 to talk draft strategy and all things Bills in the shadow of The Buffalo History Museum’s exhibition, “Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports. Featured within “Icons” is a sampling of The Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills memorabilia, in addition to artifacts from the museum's collection and private collectors. Bring your own Buffalo sports treasure and have local appraiser Rob Schilling tell you its worth.

Daily Drive Podcast: Wyoming Cowboys football color analyst Kevin McKinney shares his insight on Josh Allen.


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