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'Surreal!' Bills Sign Former University of Buffalo Linebacker

The Buffalo Bills are still giving a young local prospect a chance to fulfill his dream of playing for his hometown team as the mini-camp is drawing to an end.

The Bills have turned the linebacker that formerly played for the Buffalo University to Joe Andreessen. The one of 27 participants of the 2021 Bills’ rookie orientation on a try-out basis from Buffalo, N. Y. and the standout of Lancaster High School, who took pride in his rooting for his hometown Bills, is Dominic Williams.

This move will grant him the opportunity to start his pro career in the city of Western New York.

“It was pretty surreal to me,” Andreessen said after Friday, after I walked by those hallways and I saw the names I used to watch on television. It was cool to be part of that. ””

Andreessen plays for UB as one of the teams’s top linebackers. There are two outstanding achievements in this sentence, which are the graduation and the last college year. He played in all 12 games and recorded 90 tackles (12 of which were tackles for a loss,) one sack, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble. The 6’1, 232 pound linebacker proved his ability to play spots across the line as he did so during his playing years. Andreessen shared the spotlight with the defensive line along with the tacke and he played part of the linebacker as well. He was also a regular on the special teams, especially on the Bullsʼ punt coverage team.

At the start of his UB tenure, Andreessen jobbed as an assistant at the Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. After years of a hard word under the lead trainer of Chris Merritt , he became an All-America player for the Bulldogs in 2022 and he also recorded the school record of 116 tackles this season.

Andreessen is now the third Bills’ rookie on the roster, joining cornerbacks Cam Lewis and Ja'Marcus Ingram.

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