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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Former Pats show up on Bills' radar

By Mike Reiss

Two former Patriots players have made an early impression in their first offseason with the Buffalo Bills.

As reported by Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News, former New England practice squad tight end Dorin Dickerson has opened some eyes in recent weeks.

"I’m excited about him," Bills offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins tells Gaughan. "He’s a fast-twitch guy. That’s where he’s different. He’s one of those fast-twitch, speed, quickness guys that’s hard to match up with."

The Bills are looking at Dickerson as an H-back, which is a role they didn't have in the offense in 2011.

"He’s so fast, so athletic, explosive, quick," tight ends coach Metzelaars says in the Buffalo News piece. "We’ll see how it all works out. We’re just in shorts. We haven’t put pads on. We haven’t had to hit anybody. We haven’t found out willingness. If it continues to trend that way, he has a chance to help us because he creates matchup problems."

Dickerson, whose presence late last year bumped tight end Garrett Mills off the practice squad, wasn't re-signed by the Patriots this year.

Gaughan's piece in the Buffalo News also notes that former Patriots defensive end Mark Anderson had a good minicamp as he "repeatedly got pressures."