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Logan Thomas eyes Buffalo Bills tight end position

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Bills Logan Thomas talks about his football experience in China. (July 30, 2017)
Jamie Germano, Sal Maiorana

Logan Thomas was standing on the sideline less than two minutes into Virginia Tech’s game against Wake Forest on the afternoon of Oct. 16, 2010, performing his typical game-day task that season, when a bell went off in his head.

His job as a redshirt freshman backup quarterback was to signal in the plays to the starting quarterback, a senior named Tyrod Taylor, and when the call came through the headset, Thomas had an “oh my God!” moment.

The Hokies were down at the Wake Forest 2-yard-line, and because Thomas was 6-foot-6 and had off-the-charts athleticism, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had a package of red-zone plays in which Thomas could be utilized as a wide receiver. This was one of those plays.

“I had to run and get my helmet and run on the field real quick,” Thomas said with a remembering smile the other day following a Bills training camp practice at St. John Fisher College.

Taylor instantly recalled the play because he threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Thomas to get Virginia Tech started on its way to a 52-21 victory over the Demon Deacons.

“He was calling the play and realized it was coming to him so he ran onto the field, didn’t even go to the huddle,” said Taylor, who threw for 292 yards and three TDs that day before giving way to Thomas who mopped up and completed 3 of 8 passes for 22 yards, the most extensive playing time he saw that season.

Fast forward seven years, and Thomas would love to reprise his role as a red zone target of Taylor’s this season as he tries to win a roster spot with Buffalo as a tight end.

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