Top 3 things you need to know from report day at Bills Camp

Posted Jul 29, 2016

The news was already flowing at Bills training camp Friday as the players all reported by the deadline at St. John Fisher.

1 - McCoy addresses his role as a leader
Speaking for the first time since the end of last season and in the wake of the off the field bar incident in which he was exonerated, a leaner and supremely motivated LeSean McCoy addressed his first season in Buffalo, his talk with Roger Goodell and how he can’t put himself in a position where off the field trouble can occur.

“I had a long talk with Mr. Goodell about the incident and really sitting back and viewing the whole situation… as a leader, the guy I want to be for this team things like that just can’t happen. There are no excuses for it. I want to be the guy that leads the Buffalo Bills where they need to go.”

McCoy said he has a giant chip on his shoulder after not meeting his own expectations last season. Much more on McCoy in our feature story on the Bills feature back Saturday morning.

2 - Talks ongoing with Gilmore and Taylor camps
Nothing sounds imminent with respect to contract extensions for Stephon Gilmore or Tyrod Taylor, but Bills GM Doug Whaley did maintain that the lines of communication remain open. On Friday he sounds more optimistic about the current path of talks with Taylor’s representatives.

“The lines of communication are definitely open,” said Whaley. “It’s free flowing and hopefully we’ll get a resolution soon. I’m not sure though.”

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As for Gilmore, he’s adamant about his value and sounds hesitant to move off whatever figure he and his agent have in mind. Whaley is hopeful they can broker a deal.

“Again lines of communication have been open and all contract situations are usually a long drawn out process and we’ll see where it goes,” said Whaley. “We’re confident that we’re going to put our best foot forward.”

3 - Vets will be eased in
When practice begins at 10 am Saturday to open camp no one should expect a handful of vets to be doing much on the field. LeSean McCoy is healthy, but his workload will be limited. Sammy Watkins and Kyle Williams are both on Active/PUP and will be brought along slowly. After injuries crippled Buffalo’s effectiveness on the field last season, the club’s aim is September not early August to have these key players readily available.

“That’s one of the things where we’re going to be very diligent and conscious of when these guys can transition back to football activities, but most importantly be ready for Baltimore,” said Whaley. “That’s our main goal. Be smart and have them ready for Baltimore.”

Marcell Dareus, Seantrel Henderson and Karlos Williams were among the notables who have medical conditions that will keep them off the field until they’re cleared.

Manny Lawson suffered an injury during a personal workout just prior to camp and is on the Active Non-Football Injury list.