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Bills add Jim Hostler to coaching staff as senior offensive assistant


NEW YORK – The Buffalo Bills added to their coaching staff today by naming Jim Hostler a senior offensive assistant.

Hostler comes to the Bills from last season’s Super Bowl winners, the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he’s spent the past six seasons as wide receivers coach. He has 15 years of NFL coaching experience.

During 2012, Baltimore’s  receivers finished with 3,996 receiving yards, the second most in franchise history. Since entering the NFL in 2011, the Ravens’ Torrey Smith is averaging 17.2 yards per catch, and has 19 touchdowns and 2,842 yards – all totals that rank in the top 10 in the AFC.

Prior to joining the Ravens, Hostler spent three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, including in 2007 when he was the offensive coordinator. He started in the NFL in 2000 with the Kansas City Chiefs before working with the New Orleans Saints (2001-02) and New York Jets (2003-04).

Bills coach Doug Marrone was on the Jets’ staff as offensive line coach while Hostler was there.

Hostler, a native of Bethel Park, Pa., was a candidate this offseason for the offensive coordinator position in Baltimore, but the Ravens hired former Texans coach Gary Kubiak for the job Monday. Hostler was thought to be a finalist for the job along with former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, but Baltimore coach John Harbaugh went in a different direction.

The Bills still have an opening on their coaching staff for a receivers coach after firing Ike Hilliard the day after the season ended.

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