Jerry Maguire would've had an easier time getting Rod Tidwell a contract with the Buffalo Bills.
Maguire, the fictional sports agent played by Tom Cruise in the 1996 classic "Jerry Maguire," got pushback from the Cardinals' GM at one point in the movie because the GM felt Maguire's client, wide receiver Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.), was undersized.
But Bills GM Brandon Beane said Thursday that he doesn't believe you have to have a "prototypical" wide receiver.
"I'm not one that subscribes to a ‘number one receiver.’ Receiver’s a position that comes in all sorts of sizes," Beane said. "You’ve got the guys that are 6-(foot)-5, 6-6, and out-jumping people and going over the top. And then you’ve got some 5-7, 5-8 guys that are making plays. Even the Super Bowl champions, they've won with those types of guys. So there's a lot of different sizes, flavors, veterans, young guys, speed, size. We're just looking for good football players, good receivers that can make plays and that Josh (Allen) can count on – when he throws them the ball, they're going to be where they're supposed to be and they're going to make the plays."
What that answer in mind, Beane was asked later in the interview what kind of label he'd put on Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf, a top prospect who measured 6-3 3/8 and 228 pounds.
“Man, he's a big, good-looking young man," Beane said. "I don't want to put a label on him like that. But he had a heck of a career and there's guys that come to mind, but I don't really want to put that label on him. I'd rather not."
Man accused of faking his own abduction in Super Bowl squares scheme: Here's one you don't see every day: A North Tonawanda man allegedly tried to make a ripoff Super Bowl squares pool, thinking he'd profit from it by keeping many of the squares for himself. But when he didn't win and was short on the cash, he tied himself up and faked his own abduction.
Kyle Williams' absence setting in: Beane shared a great Kyle Williams anecdote from after the Texans game last season, in which Nathan Peterman threw a late pick-six that gave the Texans the victory. "Anybody can lead when you're winning," Beane said. "But to lose a game like we lost in Houston, I remember staring at Kyle ... I didn't have anything to say. He had the presence to lead."
Perseverance pays off as Qadree Ollison prepares for NFL draft: Ollison is looking to go from Canisius High School standout to NFL draft pick. "I tell people, this is something honestly I’ve been kind of working for my entire life, not just the last couple years," Ollison said of the Combine. "You dream of this as a kid. You grow up watching it as a kid. It’s really surreal to be here embracing every moment of it."
Why this year's combine is less stressful for Brandon Beane: The Bills got their quarterback last year. That's helping Beane sleep easier this offseason.
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