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Ray Ray McCloud III standing tall at Bills camp

The Bills rookie sees Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks as a father figure

ROCHESTER - If your wondering what it's like to catch a Josh Allen pass just ask Ray Ray McCloud.

"You always gotta have your hands ready because he'll break your finger quick," laughed McCloud. "He'll put it in holes that aren't there but he'll find a way to put it in there."

Allen's first career touchdown pass as gotten plenty of noise on social media. 

"I saw the video." smiled McCloud.

While the throw was impressive, so was the catch as McCloud is fighting for a roster spot.

"It's something you live for. Something you work for. Something you grind for and it's something we always work on at practice. Getting hit when the balls coming," said the former Clemson Tiger.

"He’s a young player that continues to get better with each practice.  [Ray Ray] made some plays in the scrimmage about a week or so, a week and a half ago or so. He made some plays the other night. That was good to see," said Sean McDermott.

He's a third generation Ray Ray and while his father never played in the NFL, he did coach him growing up. As did Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, who McCloud sees as another father figure. 

"He ended up being my defensive coach from about fifth grade to high school. Ever since then he always told me you got the ability to go to the next level and everything I do I gotta work and stay consistent. I know he played in the league forever so when he talks I shut up and listen," said McCloud.

He also says he may talk about stuff with Brooks that he wont talk about with his father.

"It's a major blessing. Not everyone has that."

Not everyone has height either.

Even though McCloud is listed as the shortest player on the Bills roster, he doesn't care.

"I play big," he smiled.


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