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[BN] Blitz newsletter: How growing up in Firebaugh, Calif., stoked Josh Allen's competitive fire

In the second chapter of our five-part series on the cultivation of Josh Allen, enterprising reporter Tim Graham transports readers to Firebaugh, Calif., the small farming town that shaped the new Buffalo Bills quarterback.

In extensive interviews with The Buffalo News over the past month, those who've raised, coached and taught Allen were unanimous in their insistence Allen simply was born with a constitution that's hard-wired to compete. Where he grew up only added deeper layers. Firebaugh intensifies the flame inside him. That defiance — a refusal to be patronized or abide big-timers — is a trait the town and its most famous resident share.

Series opener: Dig around the Allen family soil and a credo repeatedly crops up: "You bloom where you're planted."

From farm fields to New Era Field: Harry Scull Jr.'s photo gallery from his trip to Firebaugh.

OTAs get underway this week: With rookie minicamp in the rearview mirror, veterans will take the field for the first voluntary organized team activities Tuesday.

First look: Josh Allen in his full Bills uniform from a trading card photo shoot.



New scout: Asil Mulbah, Syracuse University's director of recruiting operations, announced he has accepted a position in the Bills' scouting department. He did not indicate a specific role.

Line changes: Besides replacing the missing pieces, the Bills' reconfigured offensive line must develop the continuity vital to its functioning at the highest level possible, Vic Carucci writes.

Jay Skurski's Mailbag: How "meddlesome" are the Pegulas as team owners?  Which free agent WRs might be available after June 1? Yanny or Laurel?


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