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Bills receiver Brandon Reilly: 'I like my chances. I'm confident'

Brandon Reilly's underdog story attracted a lot of attention last summer when the Bills brought him to training camp and he led the Bills wide receivers with 11 receptions for 139 yards.

The News' Vic Carucci traced Reilly's journey from youth hockey star to walk-on at Nebraska to Bills hopeful.

Reilly was on the Bills' 53-man roster for the last five games of the season but he did not play in a game.

Reilly, who is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, returned to Lincoln for part of the offseason and worked with former Nebraska receivers coach Keith Williams, who regularly trains a group of NFL receivers.

“His best football’s ahead of him,” Williams told the Lincoln Journal-Star. “I told him, ‘Bro, they won’t be able to guard you.’ He’s big, fast, quick, smart and strong, and he can catch. Plus, he isn’t an idiot. When he comes to practice, he gets to work. He’s focused.”

The Bills' group of returning wide receivers had a combined 56 catches for 653 yards last season so there could be an opportunity. The Bills drafted Clemson's Ray-Ray McCloud in Round 6 and Austin Proehl in Round 7. They also have invited a number of wide receivers as undrafted free agents.

“The top two spots this year, with Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones, are pretty locked,” Reilly said. “After that, it’s open. I love to see that. I like my chances. I’m confident."

He also is now more familiar with the rigors of the NFL.

“It’s more stressful, that’s for sure,” he said. “In college, if you had a bad day, you kind of just put it behind you and worried about the next day. But in the NFL, if you have a bad day or miss a meeting here or there, you could be looking for a new job.”

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