Buffalo Bills 2013 training camp primer
19 August, 2013 at 12:40 am in Auto
The Buffalo Bills went for a complete revamp in the 2013 offseason. Although they're still a long shot to end the NFL's longest active playoff drought, there's new hope with Doug Marrone in charge and a fresh group of quarterbacks competing for the starting gig. Spiller will still be the primary breadwinner as the offense will likely flow through the talented running back, but there are new schemes and new faces. His 2525 college record isn't stellar, but Marrone's NFL credentials are strong: he turned the Saints into one of the league's most effective offensive units with Drew Brees slinging the ball, although he resigned a year before they won the 2009 Super Bowl to take the 'Cuse job.
Nathaniel Hackett, Marrone's offensive coordinator at Syracuse, is in as the OC in Buffalo. EJ Manuel told SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein that his offense is simple, in a good way: it looks to make the quarterback a facilitator rather than a playmaker. Mike Pettine, who was the defensive coordinator on some very solid Jets squads, is installing a defense that Buffalo Rumblings writes breeds on versatility.
The personnel changes aren't as drastic, but they start at www.footballpatriotsprostore.com/WOMENS-DONTA-HIGHTOWER-JERSEY.html a pretty important position: everybody who played quarterback last year on the Bills is gone. Ryan Fitzpatrick signed with the Titans after throwing for 3,400 yards, and Tyler Thigpen and Tarvaris Jackson are gone as well. They took Manuel with the No. 16 pick in the draft, surprising many by making the Florida State product first quarterback off the board. And they signed Kevin Kolb, paying him like a highend backup, although he might well earn the starting gig.
Also noteworthy are a pair of wide receivers, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin, taken in the second and third rounds, and secondround pick Kiko Alonso, a linebacker out of Oregon expected to start right away.
Training camp location and schedule
The Bills will hold their training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, about 80 miles away from Buffalo. They've held it there since 2000 so the routine is pretty set at this point. Day practices are open to the public, while the two night practices require tickets.
Quarterback: It's the biggie. The two competitors are Manuel and Kolb and they split snaps at the team's mandatory minicamp in June. Both players footballPatriotsprostore.com have already beaten out one potential starter, as the team cut Tarvaris Jackson, but they still have to beat each other. John Clayton predicted the Bills would go with the veteran following minicamp, but Manuel could make noise in the first QB battle of his professional career.
Wide receiver: Stevie Johnson is the obvious star of the Bills' receiving corps, but there's competition to see who gets the most looks among a trio of young and talented wideouts. Woods could have been a firstround pick after an allAmerican career in high school and great performances early in college, but had an off junior year. Goodwin's a track star, having competed in the 2012 Olympics. Graham, who had 31 receptions after being a third round pick of the Bills last year.
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