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NFL season kicks off in Buffalo with Bills' first preseason game

August 09, 2018 05:42 PM

The NFL season kicks off Thursday night in Buffalo. 

For a number players on the team, Thursday is their first opportunity of the season to prove themselves against a different team. 

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For two weeks, the Buffalo Bills have done nothing but practice against themselves.

On Thursday night, they face Carolina in their first preseason game of the year and for young players on the Bills' roster, these preseason games can prove to be the opportunity of a lifetime. 

Last year, very few people knew his name before the Bills' first preseason game. "It's definitely an opportunity to showcase what you've got," stated Eddie Yarbrough, Bills' defensive lineman.   

But after two sacks, and significant time playing with the starters, Eddie Yarbrough earned his place with the Bills.

"A lot of times at camp, we go against each other so much you know how he gets, so with live reps you can go out there, strut your stuff and show what you can do," added Yarbrough. 

Yarbrough was a training camp brightspot last year, but still says that he has to improve to guarantee a spot on the Bills' roster. 

"Every single day you have to put your best foot forward and really try to focus on getting better at something." 

One of the rookies who will likely see a lot of playing time Thursday night is Siran Neal. Neal was the fifth-round draft pick and can play multiple positions in the defense. 

"That's something I did in college," said Siran Neal, Bills' rookie safety. "I played everywhere in college, from corner to nickel, safety. I played linebacker too as well, so they can use me anywhere they want to use me. The thing is right now, just get the job done and improve every day."

Not lost in the journey to improve, the fact that the lights will be extra bright for Neal. 

"Oh man, my first NFL game. As a rookie, I'm very excited and just waiting for it," added Neal. 

Neal told News10NBC that he has a few family members who are flying in for Thursday's game and that he wants to play his best for the coaches, but also for all of the people who came to support him.

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