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A NEW football season has brought sweeping changes in the broadcast world, particularly at NBC.

Pre-season 2022 began on Thursday night with the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio.

3Maria Taylor was part of a new look team on NBC's coverageCredit: @MariaTaylor 3Maria Taylor was joined by Tony Dungy (second left), Rodney Harrison (second right), Chris Simms (right) and new face Jason Garrett (center)Credit: @Raiders 3Matthew Berry took up his new role after leaving ESPNCredit: NBC Sports

NBC broadcast live coverage of the game between Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.

There have been big changes in their team after a couple of high-profile departures.

Play-by-play caller Al Michaels left to join Amazon Prime for their coverage of Thursday Night Football.

And former Saints quarterback Drew Brees decided not to return as an analyst after just one season.

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That meant a shift around at the Peacock network, and fans got a first look at it on Thursday night.

Former host Mike Tirico joined Cris Collinsworth in the booth.

And Maria Taylor stepped into the role of full-time presenter left by Tirico.

There were also a couple of new faces alongside the likes of Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Chris Simms.

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Ex-Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett joined the studio team alongside Taylor and Dungy.

And NBC also announced the signing of fantasy football expert Matthew Berry.

Berry joins after leaving ESPN earlier in the summer and was on the sideline with Simms on Thursday.

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NBC will broadcast 20 regular-season games in primetime this season under their Sunday Night Football banner.

They'll include the season opener on September 8 when Los Angeles Rams welcome Buffalo Bills to SoFi Stadium.

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Former Bills No.1 Receiver Returns to Team in Surprise Move

Getty John Brown celebrates after catching a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.

The Buffalo Bills are addressing their lack of depth at wide receiver by bringing back the “Smoke.”

John Brown, the veteran wide receiver who earned the nickname “Smoke” for his burner speed, will be returning to the Bills as a member of the practice squad. Brown spent two years in Buffalo and was their top wide receiver for the 2019 season, helping the second-year Josh Allen make a significant leap forward and getting the Bills to the playoffs for just the second time in 19 seasons.

Brown joins the practice squad after the departure of former teammate Isaiah Hodgins, and could eventually provide some depth to a wide receiving corps hit hard by injuries.

Brown Back With the Bills

The team announced on Saturday that they signed Brown to the practice squad. Brown had two successful seasons with the Bills, leading the team in 2019 with 1,060 yards and six touchdowns as a deep threat for Allen. Brown had a memorable play in the team’s playoff game that season, throwing a touchdown pass to Allen to open the scoring against the Houston Texans.

His production dropped the next season as Stefon Diggs joined the Bills and led the league in receiving yards and receptions, with Brown making 33 receptions for 458 yards and three touchdowns.

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Brown appeared in four games last season, two each for the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars, but had no receptions. He was a free agent this season.

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Bills Lose Depth at Wide Receiver

The Bills are down a pair of wide receivers from their opening-day roster, with both Jamison Crowder and Jake Kumerow being placed on injured reserve with ankle injuries.

They had called on Hodgins, a 2020 draft pick who missed his rookie season with an injury and appeared in just one game last season, as a fill-in from the practice squad. Hodgins had four catches for 41 yards in a 38-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was picked up on waivers by the New York Giants after being released by the Bills.

The Bills have struggled at times in the passing game, with Allen throwing six interceptions in a stretch of three games. They have rebounded in wins over the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. In their win over Detroit on Thanksgiving, Allen found Diggs for a 36-yard strike to put the Bills into range for the game-winning field goal with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter.

After the game, Diggs gave credit to Allen for the throw.

"I have the best quarterback in the league."

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“I would say it’s not me at all. I got the best quarterback in the league,” Diggs said. “Anytime we hit a lull, it’s like his eyes are locked in, he’s focused. I try to be that support system, you know, be his receiver, catch the ball, get open like he always tell me. And that’ll bring some energy. You know, get my guy going, that’s my guy man. When in doubt, I’m riding with 17.”

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— TheBillsWire (@TheBillsWire) November 25, 2022

The Bills could still bring in more help at wide receiver. Free-agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is reportedly planning a visit with the Bills as he nears a return from a torn ACL and prepares to make a free-agency decision.

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