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WBEN Extra:Bills Training Camp 2013



The Bills head to training camp in Rochester on Sunday with three quarterbacks, a new GM, a New Coach and a new team president.  

Are you excited about their prospects, or will it be another ho-hum year?


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As the Buffalo Bills open Training Camp, how optimistic are you about the direction of the team?
Very optimistic
( 8% )
Somewhat optimistic
( 31% )
Not very optimistic
( 61% )
 

  COMPLETE COVERAGE:  Parking & Shuttle Info  | Practice Schedule | Ticket Info  | Liveline Interviews    Related Story: Transforming a Campus Into A Camp



AP Sports Reporter John Wawrow's
Five Things to Know as the Bills Prepare to Open Camp

New general manager. New coach. New quarterback.

These are certainly not the same old Buffalo Bills after newly promoted team president Russ Brandon delivered on his New Year's Day vow to transform a team whose relevancy he described as "tarnished."

The familiar question is whether this latest fresh start will work any better than the many that preceded it. This is a Bills team, after all, that's not made the playoffs in 13 seasons — the NFL's longest active drought — and hasn't posted a winning finish since 2004.

The Bills are on their fifth GM (Doug Whaley) and coach (Doug Marrone) since 2001. And the team is counting on rookie EJ Manuel to fill a quarterback spot that's been mostly unsettled since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season.

The Bills offseason overhaul included a significant purge of a roster that features only nine players who were still on the team since 2009.
 
 
1. THE DOUG AND DOUG SHOW:
Whaley spent the past three seasons in Buffalo groomed to replace Buddy Nix, who stepped down in May. It'll be on him to oversee a young roster and have input in a front office that still includes Jim Overdorf, who handles contract negotiations and has sway over salary cap-related decisions. Marrone takes over after Chan Gailey was fired, and comes to Buffalo after spending the past four seasons breathing new life into a losing Syracuse program. Having previously served as the Saints offensive coordinator under Sean Payton, Marrone is introducing an up-tempo approach to the Bills attack.

2. IS MANUEL AUTOMATIC? Manuel was the only quarterback selected in the first round of the draft. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, the Florida State product has the size and showed in spring practices that he has the arm to play at the NFL level. But Marrone has questioned whether Manuel is "polished" enough to win the starting job. The Bills hedged their bets before the draft by signing free agent Kevin Kolb, a six-year NFL veteran, to fill the role if the rookie's not ready. The two will spend training camp competing for the job.

3. NO WORD ON BYRD: Free safety Jairus Byrd remains a no-show. Though the Bills retained the two-time Pro Bowl player's rights by designating him their franchise player in March, Byrd has yet to accept the $6.9 million one-year offer. What's worse, the window of opportunity for the two sides to negotiate a long-term deal expired July 15. It's unclear when or if Byrd will accept the Bills' contract tender, though it's likely that he'll miss most if not all of training camp.

4. THE PETTINE EFFECT: Mike Pettine becomes the Bills third defensive coordinator in three seasons, and comes to Buffalo after spending the previous four seasons at the same position with the New York Jets. He inherits a high-priced, under-achieving Mario Williams-led unit that finished 22nd in the NFL in yards allowed and 26th in points. Williams, in the first year of a six-year, $100 million contract, led Buffalo with 10½ sacks, but was ineffective through the first half of the season because of a wrist injury. The Bills have allowed an average 365 yards and 27 points per game over the past three years. Pettine established a reputation for having an aggressive approach to defense with the Jets under coach Rex Ryan, another defensive specialist.

5. YOUTH AT WR: Take away starter Stevie Johnson and veteran backup Brad Smith, and the remaining 10 receivers entering camp have a combined 53 catches for 1,532 yards and a touchdown in the NFL. The Bills invested heavily in adding youth to the group this offseason, drafting USC's Robert Woods and Texas speedster Marquise Goodwin in the second and third rounds. Then there's the addition of undrafted free agent Da'Rick Rogers, whose college career was slowed by off-the-field issues. The Bills are counting heavily on one of those players, particularly Woods, to step in and fill the No. 2 spot opposite Johnson.

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  Bills Play By Play Man John Murphy
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The AP's John Wawrow

PRACTICE SCHEDULE  

Date

Practice Time  
Sunday
 July 28
6:10 - 9:00 p.m.  SOLD OUT  
Monday
 July 29
2:10 -
5:10 p.m.
 
Tuesday
July 30
8:10 -
11:10 a.m.
 
Wednesday
July 31
8:10 -
11:10 a.m.
 
Friday
August 2
8:10
- 11:10 a.m.
 
Saturday
August 3
8:10
- 11:10 a.m.
 
Sunday
August 4
2:10
- 5:10 p.m.
 
Monday
 August 5
6:10 - 9:00 p.m.
Click
HERE for tickets
 
Wednesday, August 7 8:10
- 11:10 a.m.
 
 Friday
 August 9
6:10 - 9:00 p.m.
Click
HERE for tickets
 
Monday,
August 12
2:10
- 5:10 p.m.
 
Wednesday, August 14 6:10
- 9:00 p.m.
 
Sunday
August 18
8:10 -
11:10 a.m.
 
Tuesday
August 20
6:10
- 9:00 p.m.
 
Wednesday, August 21 2:10
- 5:10 p.m.
 
´╗┐Ticket Info
Any of the daytime practices that are open to the public do not require tickets. Tickets are required for each night practice. All practice times are subject to change. Facilities open one hour before practice begins.


Tickets for the Training Camp night practice sponsored by Bud Light on August 9th are on sale as of Friday July 25 at 8 am at these Tops Friendly Markets and Sunoco A Plus 

Each location will distribute up to six (6) tickets per person.

Tops Friendly Markets
3507 Mt. Read Boulevard
Greece, NY
(585) 663 4400
  1601 Penfield Road
Rochester, NY    
(585) 264-0820
7200 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Niagara Falls NY
(716) 513-2200
  2101 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY
(716) 515-0050
Sunoco A Plus
6730 Packard Road.
Niagara Falls, NY
(716) 297-2065
  5665 Seneca Street
West Seneca NY
(716) 675-7366
8000 Main Street
Williamsville, NY
(716) 631-9240
  1324 Latta Road
Rochester, NY 14612
(585) 621-3310
 
 There is no parking at St. John Fisher There are 3 off site parking lots with shuttle bus service.

There will be a $1 charge for fans to ride the shuttle buses (for riders between the ages of 12-62) and all services are accessible.   Shuttle service begins roughly 90 minutes before the start of practive and continues approx. 90 minutes after practice ends.  SEE SCHEDULE HERE




Parking Lots
Mendon High School
472 Mendon Road
Pittsford, NY 14534

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Sutherland High School
55 Sutherland Street
Pittsford, NY 14534

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Barker Road Middle School (OVERFLOW)
75 Barker Road
Pittsford, NY 14534

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