Reed Re-Joins Bills As Coach

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Andre Reed is titles at a rapid pace lately. Last year, he became “Andre Reed, Hall of Famer.”

This week, he became “Andre Reed, Bills Coach”.

Reed is one of seven participants in the Bills Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship program in Buffalo. It’s a league wide initiative that the Bills have participated in since 1989. Reed will intern under the Bills coaching staff for mini-camp and training camp.

It didn’t take long for him to settle in as a coach. He’s already done one coaching fellowship in 2013 with Kansas City. This time, as he pointed out, Reed is home.

Being able to watch Sammy Watkins develop first hand certainly doesn’t hurt.

“His upside is so upside, it’s upside,” Reed said with a laugh. “We just gotta get him the ball, that’s the bottom line. And just talking with him now, today, we really talked about some stuff. And I told him that’s what I’m here for. I’m here to get you to the next level in whatever you need to do.”

Watkins and Chris Hogan were among the Bills wideouts to already begin picking Reed’s brain. After practice, Reed and some of the receivers worked on some stuff with Bills corner Stephon Gilmore. 

“I just saw him after practice working with somebody and the young man comes out and (Reed) says, “Well that’s what I’m here for, to help.” And that’s the beauty of Andre,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “When I just saw that little thing in there with Andre… that was it. You know he gets it.”

Reed feels empowered by Ryan to speak his mind at any time and the Bills all time leading receiver has told the players the same. 

“I told the guys if you need anything, just about anything, it doesn’t have to be about football–I just am opening myself up to them to talk to,” Reed said. “I’m not an expert on anything, but I think if they want to talk to me about anything they’re going through as far off the field, on the field, you know I can help them out.” 

Reed says he’s serious about having a future in coaching. It’s something he’s been considering a while. 

“I had a feeling I wanted to do something after I was done playing,” Reed said. “Even before that, but my kids were too small and I think as they are older now I can devote more time to it if I want too. Being in Kansas City two years ago and here now.  I feel a little more comfortable here.”

“I’m not here just to pass the time,” he added. “If I do something, I do it 100 percent.” 

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