BBD Editor: Dan Hope
As a young team, the Buffalo Bills can take advantage of every opportunity they have to evaluate their roster and continue to develop. They will have five such chances this preseason.
The Buffalo Bills’ preseason schedule was announced Wednesday afternoon.
First, the Bills will play in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 3 at 8 p.m against the New York Giants. Following that, the Bills will play back-to-back road games against the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers, followed by two home tilts at Ralph Wilson Stadium versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions.
The Bills previously announced on March 26 that they tentatively planned to hold joint training camp practices over the next two summers with the Steelers. With the preseason schedule now set, it would seem the Bills will head to Latrobe, Pa. for those practices during the preseason’s second week, while the Steelers will be expected to practice at Bills camp in 2015.
This year’s preseason will be a key opportunity for second-year quarterback EJ Manuel and the talent corps around him, including young receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin plus new addition Mike Williams, to continue to develop chemistry and build a rapport. It will also be an important time for the defense, despite its success last year, to come together in yet another new scheme under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
April 10 Update: The Bills have announced the dates for their final four preseason games. The Bills will play the Panthers on Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m., the Steelers on Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m., the Buccaneers on Aug. 23 at a time to be determined and the Lions on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.