The T.O. show begins in Buffalo

Terrell Owens in action during the first quarter. (Ben Liebenberg /

Terrell Owens in action during the first quarter. (Ben Liebenberg /

CANTON, Ohio – The much-anticipated Buffalo Bills debut of Terrell Owens provided some early thrills with a couple of nice catches in his one-series appearance during the Hall of Fame Game against the Tennessee Titans.

With the Bills coming out in a no-huddle attack, Owens’ number was called on the second play as he caught a quick slant from Trent Edwards for 16 yards to the Buffalo 42. Two plays later, Edwards hooked up with his new receiver for an 11-yard gain into Tennessee territory.

Many in the Bills fan-dominated crowd -– most of whom were here for Saturday’s Hall inductions of Ralph Wilson and Bruce Smith –- began chanting, “T.O.!, T.O.! T.O.!” But their enthusiasm would soon be doused when Edwards killed a promising drive by throwing an interception straight into the hands of free safety Michael Griffin at the Tennessee 7-yard line.

Owens showed impressive speed and explosiveness on both plays, doing nothing to diminish the hype over what he is expected to contribute to an anemic offense. Of course, his efforts won’t mean a whole lot if Edwards continues to make mistakes such as the one that ended the march. — Vic Carucci

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