Bills camp has begun, but it’s not 100% football. Not until the pads come on.
That happens, by league rule, for the first time on Saturday.
“It’s just exciting. It’s exciting to see the O-line try to kill each other and just go out here and compete,” wide receiver Rod Streater said. “It’s football. You really feel like you’re complete when you put the pads on.”
“It’s real football. It’s real football when you put the pads on,” fellow wideout Robert Foster said. “I’m really excited, man. That’s my favorite thing about practice. Being in the pads. Doing everything in pads. Now that I have so much weight on me, I get to run faster.”
For Dion Dawkins, the first day with pads is something he appreciates.
“That just means blessings that I have another year to go out and be great,” he said. “It’s always an exciting time.”
The quarterbacks were not very good on day two Friday. Josh Allen, Nate Peterman and AJ McCarron weren’t terrible, but they were generally sloppy.
The Bills have made it clear the growth timeline with Allen will not be steep or quick. It’s going to take a while. It’s going to be (Sean McDermott buzzword alert) a process.
That doesn’t mean the Bills won’t challenge Allen, especially now that they’ve reached training camp.
“Training camp is gonna be hard. It should be hard physically and it should be hard mentally on everybody because that is what gets you ready for the regular season,” offensive coordinator Brian DaBoll said. “I’ve been part of these for a long time. Every one of these has been different, but the standard that you want to set really starts back in the spring and that is what you have to demand.”