A Buffalo Bills rookie earned a lot of respect this weekend thanks to what he did after the team’s preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Rookie wide receiver Khalil Shakir had a big game for the Bills on Saturday, catching five passes for 92 yards in Buffalo’s 27-24 win against Indianapolis.

After the game, Shakir, a fifth-round selection by the Bills in the 2022 NFL Draft, was asked about his big performance.

Instead of making it about himself, Shakir deflected the praise for his big game to his teammates.

“My play was fine, but it starts with the guys up front, creating room for the quarterback to throw,” explained Shakir. “Also, Bark (QB Matt Barkley) making plays out there, getting the ball to me — same with (QB) Case (Keenum) — but it’s never really all me.”

“It’s a team effort,” added Shakir. “It’s 11 guys on the field working together to make one play work.”

That’s a remarkable show of maturity from the 22-year-old California native. It’s also a great way to gain respect from older players. The last thing veterans want to hear is a rookie who was drafted in the fifth-round boasting about a great game to the media.

Shakir has a chance to make a big impact with the Bills this season. His performance against the Colts, combined with his attitude, should allow him to find success in the NFL. Shakir obviously still has a lot to prove, but it’s hard to imagine a better start to his career than what we’ve seen so far this summer.

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