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Ray-Ray McCloud an early training camp standout for Buffalo Bills

The second-year wide receiver clearly spent the offseason working on his craft, and it’s paying off.

Although he hasn’t gotten noticed by many of the attendees of training camp, according to coaches, it looks like slot receiver Ray-Ray McCloud is an early winner through the first four sessions at St. John Fisher. During Brian Daboll’s training camp press conference on Saturday, the offensive coordinator was asked about Josh Allen’s improvement from year one to year two. Unprompted, Daboll brought up McCloud as another example of a player that had made huge strides since his rookie season.

Improvement from McCloud isn’t entirely unexpected, since he was a running back coming out of high school and was either never taught or never challenged by Clemson’s staff to run any complex routes. He never had more than 500 receiving yards in college, while being stuck behind colleagues Deon Cain and Hunter Renfrow. According to ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques, now that he’s a pro, McCloud has the time to concentrate on training at his offseason home in Florida.

The 5’9”, former Clemson product is ostensibly competing with Isaiah McKenzie as the primary backup to starting slot receiver Cole Beasley. McKenzie’s first couple days of training camp have gone unnoticed, so McCloud may have a leg up on the veteran so far. Both players are likely competing for the final wide receiver slot behind John Brown, Beasley, Zay Jones, Robert Foster and Andre Roberts. Bills fans will need to stay tuned however, the preseason games have a way of shaking up any preseason competitions.