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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Rookie RB carries memory of fallen teammates on his arm

Keith Ford wears his heartache on his sleeve. Three bullets tattooed on the Buffalo Bills' rookie running back's right bicep are a tribute to three friends lost to gun violence.

“People usually get tattoos just to get tattoos, but after I go through trials and tribulations in my life, I want it to leave a mark,” Ford told Jay Skurski for his Inside the Bills column. “They were very close to me. I played football with them, grew up with them. I have to remember them some type of way. Those three bullets on my arm remind me that these were the guys who pushed me and guided me to get this far. They're up there and one day I'm going to see them again, but it's just a reminder, the people who stood by me, I'll always remember.”

#PanchoPower at NHL Draft: Ezra Castro — otherwise known as Bills superfan Pancho Billa — was in the stands at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday as the Sabres welcomed Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick. In April, Castro was invited on stage by the Bills at the NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington to announce the third-round pick.

Rookie welcome: The Bills' first-round pick, Josh Allen, tweeted at Dahlin minutes after his selection Friday night and might have coined a new name for the Sabres' fan base. Head coach Sean McDermott also welcomed Dahlin to Buffalo with a video posted on the team's Twitter account.

OL player spotlight: Russell Bodine, who split time with Ryan Groy as the starting center during offseason practices, recognizes that Eric Wood's are big cleats to fill.

Training camp position previews: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers | Tight ends

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Jay Skurski's mailbag: How does Josh Allen stack up against past Bills rookie QBs? Can the Bills pick up any offensive linemen off the waiver wire? What are Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane's real expectations for this year?

From our archives: Pro football returns to the Rockpile with Bills-Patriots preseason game 48 years ago this week.

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