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Leodis McKelvin eager for fresh start with Buffalo

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin is excited about starting fresh with a new coaching staff.

The feeling is mutual in the wake of his new, four-year contract with the Bills.

"We're excited that Leodis remains on our roster," said Bills head coach Doug Marrone in a statement released by the team. "Obviously, he is one of the most exciting kick returners in the game today, but we're also counting on him to be very competitive for the starting corner position opposite Stephon Gilmore. We feel he could play an important role in our defense moving forward."

McKelvin spoke at One Bills Drive today after siging a four-year, $20 million extension with the team.

McKelvin has been up and down at cornerback in the past five years with the Bills. He did a reasonable job as a full-time starter in 2010, but then was benched after five starts in 2011. He worked his way back into the lineup at midseason last year and gave the Bills steady play over 4 1/2 games before going down with a groin injury.

"I feel good to be back," McKelvin said. "It feels good to be back to the organization that chose me five years ago to come here and play the game that I love. I feel great about it. Buffalo has been for me, and I'll be here for them.

"It's a new start, new beginning. We've got a new coaching staff coming through. It's like my, what, third coaching staff coming through here? It's just a new chance to show my talent, go out there and compete, show everybody that I can do what I can do and make sure we're changing things around around here."

McKelvin has 33 starts in 64 career games. He led the NFL in punt returns last year and has four kick returns for touchdowns in his career.

"My first five years started out up and down," McKelvin said. "I showed flashes of me being a good cornerback, showed flashes of being there in position with foes coming in there and making plays over my back. I've never been a guy that was out of place, or been the person that never been burnt or anything like that. I've been getting beat by spectacular plays. As far as returning plays, I've always been a great returner. ... I know I can be a starting corner in this league."


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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