Sean McDermott has previously praised SJFC as training camp site

Charles Molineaux
Updated: June 03, 2020 11:34 PM
Created: June 03, 2020 10:57 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's going to be a strange summer for football fans in Rochester. For the first time since Wade Phillips was the Bills head coach (and that's eight head coaches ago) the Buffalo Bills will not hold Training Camp at St John Fisher College.  

This is purely an NFL decision, on Tuesday the league told all of its teams that they have to be in their regular team facility for camp.


While some fans believe Sean McDermott doesn't want to come to Rochester, that's simply not the case, and here's proof.

Right from the first day of training camp in his first year with the team, Sean McDermott was a fan of Fisher.

"I've had a chance to be with a couple different organizations and this is one of the best training camp sites that I've been a part of and that starts with the people here on campus," McDermott said in July of 2017.

Two years later there was a similar refrain.

"We believe in going away to camp," McDermott said while sitting next to Bills General Manager Brandon Beane. "As it relates to building our team it's important that we go away and build some fellowship time off the practice field as much as on the practice field and come together as a football team."

But that begs the question, without a typical training camp, how will the Bills be able to bond together off the field? To a degree, it appears that workouts with the offense organized by Josh Allen down in Florida will do for the time being.

"This will be a feather in Josh's cap that he was able to do what he did,” McDermott said. “And you saw the response in just sheer numbers and that alone shows what type of respect his teammates have for him and what type of respect josh has for his teammates.  I think it's a great example of what our world needs to look like, a great snapshot for America."

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