Bills first NFL team to open 2014 training camp


PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Bills began their 2014 training camp before any other NFL team Sunday night at St. John Fisher and continued with practice number two Monday.

Buffalo has the longest current playoff drought in the league, having missed the postseason every year since 1999.  Former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone is hoping to change that in his second year at the helm.

The Bills drafted Sammy Watkins of Clemson with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and also added former SU wideout Mike Williams, who's a Buffalo native and could be the number two option for second year QB E.J. Manuel.

NEWSChannel 2 was at Fisher for day two of camp and spoke with Williams about being reunited with his former Orange coach, with whom he feuded with back then.  But Williams says now they're both older and excited about how good the Bills offense can be this season.

"We can score at all angles, it seems like even the FB, QB," Williams says.  "We've got the receivers that work with each other and we can score, so it's very exciting to see what we come about."

In his post practice press conference with the media, Marrone discussed his new receiving core, which also includes 2013 second round pick Robert Woods, third rounder Marquise Goodwin, as well as 2012 third round pick T.J. Graham.

"There's a lot of football to be played, preseason games and over time that's what you like to see on a consistent basis," Marrone said.  "Having chemistry with not just one receiver, with all of them that are out there on the field, that's what we look to build up to and we've got a bunch of young guys on the field, so it takes a little longer.  That's why I'm excited about us being in camp early."

The Bills open the NFL's preseason against the Giants in the annual Hall of Fame Game, August 3rd, which you can watch on NEWSChannel 2 beginning at 8 p.m.

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