The Bills hosted its annual rookie minicamp this past weekend getting a chance to see its 2019 rookie class in action for the first time. Every Bills draftee took to the field this weekend to compete and show Buffalo’s coaches just what they’re made of. These are our favorite quotes from the weekend.
5. David Sills on working with Tyree Jackson
Two of the Bills’ undrafted free agents got together earlier this week at UB Stadium at the University of Buffalo to develop chemistry with one another before minicamp.
“Yeah, I thought it'd be smart just to come down and come just come up and throw with Tyree. You know, just getting that extra timing down because one thing I think a lot of my success in college was just having a great relationship with the quarterback. So just building that relationship with Tyree and he's awesome a hard worker you know, so he's perfect for this organization. I think just coming up and getting those extra reps was beneficial.”
4. Christian Wade taking his first snaps
Christian Wade came to the Bills as a part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway program where four teams carry an additional overseas player on their rosters for the 2019 season. Wade was a rugby star in England and is now adapting to the game of football.
“It’s exciting,” said Wade. “We’ve been training with the voluntary workouts and we’ve been able to walk-thru the plays but with no defense. I have been looking forward to this. This is the first time I’ve had defense in front of me and to be able to see how everything unfolds. I am out there like a big kid. It’s great.”
3. Dawson Knox’s post-draft experience
Dawson Knox grew up just 10 minutes away from Nashville in Brentwood, Tennessee. Knox wasn’t in Nashville for the draft but drove there pretty quickly after his name was announced in the third-round.
“We got to go downtown right to the pick and it was kind of funny, the first people I saw as I got out of the car downtown was Miss Carol, the lady that announced the pick. So I literally got out of the car first people we see is a lady that actually called my name and she pulled out the card and everything had me sign it. So it was a really fun night. And I'm just I'm thankful for everyone who was around me “
Including people around Knox were some of his closest friends from high school and college.
Click through to see photos of Buffalo Bills' newcomers from the team's rookie minicamp.
2. Ed Oliver makes a special visit
While still at home in Houston, Ed Oliver made a visit to a special member of the Bills community.
Oliver now has a wristband on his left wrist he was given by Pancho Billa.
"I found out how much of a role he played in our fan base. So I had to go meet him. He gave me one of his wristbands. I told him I’m going to wear it until it I can’t wear it anymore. Hopefully he’s with me the whole time.”
1. Duke Williams’ second chance
At 26-years old, Duke Williams will get another chance to play in the NFL. Williams starred at Auburn but due to off the field issues he was removed from the team. Williams joined with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
Williams signed a reserve/future contract with Buffalo and now gets to go through minicamp.
“Honestly, I’m just thankful for this. You know, I could have gave it all up. Honestly. There’s not a day go by that I don’t think about this opportunity,” Williams said. “You know, I got to cherish this. One day, I could be gone. Who knows? But, I never take this for granted. I’ll never take this for granted again. And, I’m here to work. And, they going to see me–they’re going to get the best of me. No matter what it is, they’re going to see me compete,” he added.