Sal Maiorana and Leo Roth report on the opening of Buffalo Bills Training Camp.
“Coach, what do you think about Rochester?” asked a voice in the crowd of fans waiting for autographs following the Buffalo Bills first day of training camp at St. John Fisher College.
“Love it,” replied McDermott, the Bills’ first-year head coach.
But what else would he have said about the city that as hosted the team’s training camp since 2000?
And whether or not McDermott “loves” the team’s summer home-away-from-home isn’t a topic of concern.
The first Buffalo Bills Training Camp of the Sean McDermott era is open at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford. Here are a few helpful tips for veteran and first-time attendees.
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What has been, though, is McDermott’s training camp scheduling which featured just one evening practice
The team is holding its shortest training camp in Rochester (13 days) in franchise history and in contrast to former coach Rex Ryan’s five evening practices under the Growney Stadium lights, McDermott held just one – and it was over before it got dark.
If you weren’t there Thursday night then you already missed your chance to catch Western New York’s favorite football team in action in Pittsford after normal work-week hours.
The team’s only other evening practice is in Buffalo and of the remaining 12 days of camp, nine of the practices are scheduled to start at 8:45 a.m.
And while some fans wonder if this is just the first step to phasing out the team’s trip to Rochester, McDermott reminded everyone about why the organization does it.
“I just believe in going away and I know how important this is,” he said. “It goes a long was in terms of building our football team.”
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“We had a great visit, nice dinner, he is a great young man,” said General Manager Brandon Beane. “He is the type of character, type of man, type of football player who plays with physicality; those are the things we know about him. He has options as well, and I know he’s considering those at his end.”
McDermott enjoyed the visit as well, but he understands that Boldin is going to keep peddling his services in search of the right fit.
“We’re always going to look to add good football players, and it’s no different in this case,” McDermott said. “We’re going through that process. Those decisions normally take time on both ends so we’re going through the process and we’ll just see how it plays out.”
Staff writer Sal Maiorana contributed to this report.