Orchard Park, NY - It's not over yet. But it looks like the NFL lockout is winding down.
And in preparation for training camp, a handful of Buffalo Bills players held their own passing camp in Orchard Park Wednesday.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led a contingent of seven Bills players on the field at Orchard Park High School, with News 4 Sports the only station in attendance.
WRs Lee Evans, Marcus Easley, and Naaman Roosevelt joined RB Fred Jackson and TE Mike Caussin at the camp, along with a couple of undrafted rookie free agents.
"I came out yesterday, trying to get guys to come out a little bit early," Fitzpatrick told News 4 Sports. "Just to get out here, get throwing a little bit. They've all been training hard, but it's different throwing with me rather than whoever they've been throwing with."
Veteran Receiver Lee Evans says there are benefits to the players-only workouts.
"It's good for timing," he says, "as far as running around. Just to see where you're at, running around, and actually catching balls from Fitz. It's just a good test, to see where you're at, it's good practice."
Evans says he's been following the progress of negotiations between owners and players, but he's not taking a settlement for granted yet.
"I just take it one day at a time," Evans said. "A lot of people keep saying this time frame, that time frame, but until we get the call, it's still on. We're optimistic things will work out, and we'll be ready to play when it comes down to it."
Running Back Fred Jackson says he thinks the lockout is ending, but he's not sure.
"That's kinda the feel," Jackson says," but you never know. Right now, we're still locked out. The best thing we can do is just keep working out together, that's what we're trying to do today. Until we get that call, it's a lockout still."
The Bills players expect that once the lockout ends, they'll be welcomed back to the Ralph Wilson Stadium training complex, to resume workouts there.
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