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[BN] Blitz newsletter: The Jake Fisher experiment is over before it started

Jake Fisher's transition from offensive line to tight end was going to be one of the feel-good stories of training camp.

The former second-round pick likely could've made a couple million dollars in free agency as a tackle, but he decided to follow his heart and switch back to being a tight end, which he played in his younger days. He signed with the Bills for the veteran minimum of $805,000.

“I think it comes down to being happy every day, what you’re passionate about,” Fisher said earlier this month. “If you’re not doing that, change it up. For me, I’m passionate about tight end. I’m passionate about blocking, contributing any way I can for the team. … It’s about setting your mind on something and betting on yourself.”

The Bills ended that dream Monday, cutting Fisher. The move came shortly after they signed blocking tight end Lee Smith to a three-year deal.

Fisher got a $15,000 signing bonus, according to Spotrac, so at least he was well compensated for his time (his salary was not guaranteed). He reportedly cancelled all of his other free-agent visits to sign with the Bills, so perhaps he'll have another suitor down the road.

Former Bills first-round pick EJ Manuel retires: RIP to EJ's career. Remember the time he led the Bills to that comeback in Carolina? That was electric. Things were happening! And then they weren't. And then Doug Marrone benched him for Kyle Orton. Remember the time he shushed the crowd during the preseason? Or the London game?! What a roller coaster of a career this guy had. Of all quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2000, only Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel ended their careers with fewer passing yards than Manuel's 3,767 (Paxton Lynch could get added to that list when he retires). Shout out to Doug Whaley for doubling down on this terrible pick by trading up for Sammy Watkins in the next draft. At least Manuel will always have a special place in Bills Playoff Drought lore.


Josh Allen, New Era design hat to benefit Oishei Children's Hospital: Allen was part of a design team helped develop a hat that will be sold as a fundraiser for the Oishei Children's Hospital. Sounds like the hat will be available in the fall.

Bills’ rookie Darryl Johnson uses work ethic to beat long odds: At 4:30 in the morning, Johnson's father would wake up his 9- and 12-year-old sons to work out before school. “We talk about it now,” Darryl Johnson Jr. said. “I’m like, ‘Dad, you were crazy, that was crazy.’ But it got me here.”

Thankful Derek Anderson tweets about decision to retire from Bills: "It's time for the next chapter," Anderson said. Perhaps you'll see him soon on a golf course near you.


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