Bills Gear Up For Training Camp
It was the last quiet week of the offseason at One Bills Drive. Attention is now turning to St. John Fisher College where training camp begins this week. Last week was highlighted by the release of the tentative training camp schedule. We take a closer look at all the news and give you our take on the issues:The Bills released the tentative training camp schedule this week. It includes two primetime practices. The rookies report to camp on Wednesday and will have their first workout on Thursday. They will have a total of four practices before the veterans report on Saturday. Camp is scheduled to last four weeks with the players getting three days off (after the first three exhibition games.) The club is expected to break camp on Wed. Aug. 22nd before the final exhibition game. Our Take: One thing is for sure, Gregg Williams attention to detail will have every second of camp organized and scheduled. This will be a very interesting and tough camp on the players. The club needs to get the top three picks under contract in time so they don't miss too much work.
The two primetime practices will be held on consecutive Mondays July 30th and August 6th. Tickets are needed for these practices only. The first primetime session has tickets available now at Wegmans and the second practice will be available on August 2nd. Practice times for both days are 7:30 - 9:15 with an autograph session starting at 7pm. Our Take: This is nice for people who can't make it during the day.
It seems like Jay Foreman has the edge to start at right outside linebacker. Gregg Williams told CBS Sportsline that the cutting of John Holecek makes the club faster. Corey Moore may move inside to backup Sam Cowart. He may also see time as a situational pass rusher on the defensive end. Our Take: I like Foreman as the replacment outside along with Cowart and Keith Newman it gives the Bills a formidable linebacking corp. Not too sure if Moore will be lost on the inside since he lacks size.
Holecek isn't finding a shortage of suitors for his services one week after being released. The New York Jets are very interested and are bringing him in for a workout this coming week. He would have to take a reserve role in New York however. Others showing interest includes the Patriots, Colts, and Chargers. In other ex-Bills news, Jonathan Linton signed a one year deal with Tennessee on Friday. Our Take: What is it with all these ex-Bills going to either San Diego or staying within the division? If Holecek stays in the division look for him to try and get revenge on the Bills. It was nice to Linton land on is feet (outside the division). The reserve role in Tennessee may be perfect for him.
Ticket sales remain brisk as the Steelers game is considered a sell out and the opener against New Orleans only has single seats left. there is another way to get seats to both these games and that is to get season tickets which are still available and include these games. You can also get Steeler tickets through a three game power pack that includes that game and the Miami and Seattle games. Our Take: I don't know how the game could be considered a sellout if tickets are available in other plans.
The Bills named a new play by play man to broadcast the two road exhibition games on August 25th and 30th. Dave Pasch is the basketball and football announcer for Syracuse University. He will join Steve Tasker in the booth. Our Take: It's nice to give it to a local area guy.
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