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Bills give WR Davis a shot

PITTSFORD - The Buffalo Bills are taking a flier on a former first-round draft choice scouted by General Manager Buddy Nix when he was in San Diego.

The Bills signed receiver Craig "Buster" Davis. He was released by San Diego a week ago.

Davis was the 30th overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Louisiana State but never panned out for the Chargers. The Bills don't have a real need at receiver but think Davis is worth a shot. 

"Buster's got a ton of ability but he's just never really done it," said Bills coach Chan Gailey. "He's worth taking a look at to see if he can come do something special, becuase he's really an extremely talented young man."

Davis had 20 catches as a rookie in 2007 but appeared in only five games in 2008 and 2009 combined due to injuries. Last season he had 20 catches through seven games but then went out for the year with a groin injury.

Davis had been training in Scottsdale, Ariz. He left on a 6 a.m. flight for Buffalo to make it to practice Thursday night.

"I'm willing to do whatever it takes to win right now," Davis said. "This was the first thing that popped up. It was fortunate for me that I got this call. I'm happy to be here early in camp rather than wait a while longer."

"They brought me into San Diego," he said of Nix and his staff. "They know what I can do. I just have to get over the injury bug I've had a couple years. I had groin surgery in '08 and 2010. But that's behind me. I worked my butt off this offseason. I worked out so much to get away from that old me."

Davis had surgery on his groin last November. He said he is fully recovered.

"This is the best I've felt since I came into the league," he said. "I came into the league with a slight groin injury that progressively got worse. I feel great and I'm anxious to show these guys what I can do."

---Mark Gaughan

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