BBD Editor: Dan Hope
The Buffalo Bills are in the midst of a big week: their opening week of their 2013 training camp. The offseason for Bills players and coaches is over; it’s football season now. Monday will mark the second day of practice in this year’s training camp, as the Bills begin preparation for their first preseason game on Aug. 11 and more importantly, their regular-season opener versus the New England Patriots on Sept. 8.
Previewing Training Camp
Here on Buffalo Bills Draft, it was also an important week as we previewed this year’s Bills training camp.
Our Training Camp Preview includes links to all of our content this offseason that has directly looked ahead to the battles and preparation that are taking place over the next few weeks of camp at St. John Fisher College.
That preview includes all nine installments of Ryan Talbot’s Positional Previews series. The series came to a conclusion this past week with Ryan’s comprehensive looks at the team’s Linebackers, Defensive Backs and Specialists.
Bills Roster Moves
As the Bills prepared for training camp, they made a number of roster moves this past week.
Most notably, the Bills made an unexpected decision to release Mark Anderson after one disappointing season in Buffalo. I took a closer look at that move in the previous link, while Eric Samulski examined how defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s scheme will replace Anderson.
The Bills also made a number of roster moves over the weekend. They released tight end Mickey Shuler and offensive lineman Chris Scott on Saturday, then filled their roster spots by signing offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Tony Hills on Sunday. In the previous link, I took a look at how Caldwell and Hills could bolster the Bills’ offensive line depth.
The Bills also placed Chris Hairston on the Physically Unable to Perform list on Tuesday. Recovering from a lower-body injury, he is eligible to return at any point during training camp.
2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
Joseph Curtis continued his conference-by-conference look at sleeper prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft this week with a joint look at the American Athletic Conference and Mid-American Conference.
Glenn Gifford took a joint look at two potential mid-round running backs, USC’s Silas Redd and Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews, who could be of interest to the Bills in the 2014 draft.
Training Camp Coverage Throughout the NFL Draft Sites Network
The NFL Draft Sites Network is keeping an eye on numerous training camps throughout the NFL.
NE Patriots Draft has had consistent coverage of Patriots training camp thus far. I will be an occasional contributor to their coverage, and I also published observations from their opening day of training camp Friday here on BBD.