ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Bills rookies hit the practice field as professionals for the first time Friday, with the team opening a three-day rookie mini-camp.
With only six draft choices, the majority of the players out there were undrafted free agents and tryout players, complete with plenty of growing pains on day one.
“Today, it’s funny because when you get the rookies in you realize just how far they’ve got to come,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “From a mental standpoint, they’re coming in from ground zero. A lot of these guys may play one or two defenses. Here we put in like six or seven in the first day.”
That’s led to a pretty quick cram session for a lot of the new faces.
“It reminds me of my first day of college going to class. Trying to pick up the material fast,” said rookie running back Karlos Williams, who showed off some speed during individual drills today. “I believe it is going to slow down the more I start to retain, the more I start putting things together and categorizing things. Things start feeling familiar to me, I believe it will slow down.”
“It felt great. Just being out there, people out there as hungry as me, went out there fighting for a spot and a place here in Buffalo. Today was a lot of fun,” said second round cornerback Ronald Darby.
The rookies will hit the field again on Saturday and Sunday to complete the three-day camp.