BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - David Sills watched as pick after pick went off the board and when the 2019 NFL draft ended his named was never called. Now the former West Virginia University wide receiver will use the experience as motivation.
"I've always played with a chip on my shoulder."
The Bills were quick to sign Sills as an undrafted rookie free agent.
"The Bills gave me an opportunity and it shows that they believe in me and I'm going to out there everyday and do everything I can to help this organization and help this team."
Sills began his college career as a quarterback but transitioned to wide out and caught on quickly.
As a junior in 2017, Sills had 60 receptions for 980 yards and 18 touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 65 passes for 986 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The quarterback background is something Sean McDermott believes will help Sills adjustment to the next level.
"We talk about valuing smarts and intelligent football players and having that quarterback background is an important piece of that. It doesn’t necessarily always mean that a player is football smart, but that quarterback piece in one’s background is somewhat unique," McDermott said. "He’s got a little bit of a feel in the passing game, partly because of his quarterback background."
The learning curve will be steep for the rookie but it's something he's embracing.
"I am very new to the receiver position only been playing it for two years. These coaches have forgotten more about football than I know so I'm just trying to squeeze as much information out of them as I can."