It’s the only day on the calendar when you see nothing but new faces in Bills uniforms. Friday, we got our first look at first round draft pick Ed Oliver on a Bills practice field. The defensive tackle says the first day on the job was all about taking baby steps.
“They didn’t throw the whole book at us yet, so they are keeping it simple the next couple of days,” said Oliver. “Easy stuff for us to interpret and put from the class to the grass kind of helping each other when we can.”
“It was just excited to be out there and finally get back to football,” added Cody Ford, who was selected in the second round. The atmosphere today, there was a lot of energy. I think everyone was just excited to be out there.”
Oliver and Ford will eventually be battling for starting jobs, but not all rookies are created equally. Most of the players at minicamp depend on each and every rep to impress coaches. UB quarterback Tyree Jackson entered the draft early believing his name would be called. That didn’t happen and now the undrafted free agent is fighting to prove he belong and said signing with the Bills was a no-brainer.
“There’s no place I would rather be than here,” he said. “Just having the relationship with the Bills and practicing here. And, knowing the fans how much they love their team. I was very excited when I talked to coach (Ken) Dorsey and coach (Sean) McDermott the whole staff as an entire unit I loved a lot and I liked the energy and I know the Buffalo mindset of everything is earned. There’s no place I would rather be.”
Prior to practice Sean McDermott was asked if Derek Anderson’s retirement gives Tyree a better chance of make the roster as the 3rd quarterback. McDermott laughed and said— we haven’t even had our first practice yet.