Bills get back to work
Posted at: 05/25/2012 3:03 PM
By: Robin De Wind | WHEC.com
The Buffalo Bills will get back to work on Tuesday, with the start of off-season workouts.
It’s hard for fans no to feel excited about the moves the Bills have made during the off season. Stevie Johnson and Fred Jackson received their contract extensions, the pass rush has been upgraded significantly and it looks like holes were filled with the draft.
It's hard to not think about the Buffalo Bills when you drive down 490 and see the plowed field the Bills will practice on this summer almost ready to go.
Bills management has already been on campus to see the progress and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took ownership as well earlier this week while in Rochester for the Press Radio Club Dinner. He said, “I went and checked out St. John Fisher and the new field -- they've done a great job for us. There's a lot of optimism in the city and from Bills fans and also from that locker room. We're every excited for the season.”
Tuesday, the team will start OTAs in Orchard Park and while it's voluntary, you can bet the majority of the roster will be on hand, ready to end the teams 12-year playoff drought. Fitzpatrick said, “We're one of the last teams to get going in that process. We're still in phase two and just from talking to other guys around the league, it's exciting to get out there versus a defense and all that. There's a lot of stuff we can build on from last year and the OTAs will be a good start for us to get going again.”
Fitzpatrick adds for the first time, the team appears to have a united front -- players who naturally over time have stepped up in and out of the locker room. “When I got here, Fred wasn't much of a name and no one knew who Stevie was and I was just beginning. Two seventh round picks and an un-drafted guy -- it's been a nice thing to bond over.”
Organized team activities get underway Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of next week and throughout June.
Training camp at St. John Fisher begins the end of July.