Bills, Steelers open joint practices

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LATROBE, Pa. (WIVB) - The energy level went up a notch Wednesday, with the Bills and Steelers sharing the practice field at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Both teams came out with some extra zip in their step, especially early in the practice session. The two teams had a lot of contact in one-on-one drills, before they advanced to 11-on-11 work with full tackling against the running backs.

“Preseason game is more intense than our practices at Fisher, and this is going to be more intense than our practices there, too. Different colors, getting after a little bit more,” said Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

From a scheme perspective, it gave both teams a chance to see matchups they don’t typically see during normal practices.

“There are a lot of great things to this,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “Mainly, strategically and schematically some of the things we don’t see during our own training camp against our defense. Stuff that’ll help us prepare for the season. I think there’s a lot of things that can come out of this, so I’m excited about it”

“We played ball, we didn’t tone anything down,” said Bills quarterback EJ Manuel.

“Things the Bills offense does… we don’t see that here,” said Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats. “Being able to see a different change of pace is really good. The dynamic of Fred and CJ, compared to Blount and Bell, it’s a lot different.”

The Bills and Steelers will practice together again on Thursday, before the two square off Saturday in a preseason matchup at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.

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