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Micah Hyde’s June 2 charity softball game ‘a day to have fun’

Micah Hyde couldn’t resist a little trash talking as he met with reporters Thursday to promote his first charity softball game in Buffalo.

“I feel like we, as a defense, are going to smash the offense,” Hyde said at Sahlen Field, which will be the site of the June 2 clash of Buffalo Bills teammates and other participants. “We know that the defense is a lot more skilled, so we’re ready to show the fans of Buffalo.”

The game, which will benefit Hyde’s IMagINe for Youth Foundation, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Cornerback Levi Wallace, wide receiver Zay Jones and offensive lineman Dion Dawkins joined the safety to help plug the event.

Knowing the high-scoring nature of such contests because the bases and fences are “moved in a little bit,” Hyde predicted the defense would win, 22-10. Jones, who played baseball in high school and college, and Dawkins playfully disagreed with Hyde’s contention that the defense would have a significant edge.

“He’s lying like a carpet,” the receiver said with a grin.

Hyde said he was hopeful the softball game would become an annual event, as it was in Green Bay when he played for the Packers.

“In my opinion, I feel like Bills Mafia is louder, prouder, more excited than what they have a little bit up north,” Hyde said. “I feel these stands can get filled. It’s a day where we all just have fun, laugh, joke around. We interact with the fans. You might see me up in the crowd, talking to some kids, throwing some baseballs out. It puts our faces out there in front of the community, and I feel it’s very important.”

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Buffalo Bisons box office or by calling 1-888-223-6000.

Joint practice plan

The Bills are expected to have joint practices with the Carolina Panthers in advance of their Aug. 16 preseason game, according to Joe Person of the Athletic. Bills General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott previously worked for the Panthers.

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