Onfield workouts at Buffalo Bills training camp opened up on Thursday at St. John Fisher College in Rochester and I have to say there's more excitement about this team than I've felt in a long time.  For so many years there's been mainly a hope for a good season just as long as all the right pieces fell into place.  A different story this year because there's an expectation this team will do well and you can just feel it. 

The Bills have made some key additions to the team with free agents Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, they had a good draft filling needs in some spots including cornerback Stephon Gilmore and signed receiver Stevie Johnson and running back Fred Jackson to new contracts.

On Thursday despite struggling with hamstring problems, Stevie Johnson made some outstanding catches including one where he blew by number one draft choice Stephon Gilmore for a 20-yard gain.  Welcome to the NFL Stephon.  Rookie receiver T.J. Graham showed incredible speed and had one outstanding catch.  And Fred Jackson didn't seem to show any effects of the broken leg from last season.  He took a hand-off and went  30 yards for a touchdown.

I carefully watched the defensive linemen working out - an area where there's a lot of talent especially with the addition of Williams and Anderson.  Joining 2nd-year man Marcell Dareus, Shawne Merriman and Chris Kelsay as defensive ends and anchored by tackles Kyle Williams and Dwan Edwards - this defensive line will be tough to handle.

Two players were in uniform but didn't practice - center Eric Wood and defensive lineman Torel Troup.  Both are continuing to rehab after surgeries.  Cornerback Terrance McGee is also recovering from surgery and was limited in what he could do.  All three expect to be fully ready by the season opener.

Since last year, John Fisher College has added a whole new practice field in addition to the one they've been using over the years.  So now they have more room for the various squads to work.

They have 3 pm practices both Friday and Saturday.  Their first evening practice is this Sunday starting at 6:30 pm.





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