The Buffalo Bills will not only be squaring off against their teammates at training camp this summer. The club will be hosting the Cleveland Browns for joint practices at St. John Fisher.
Bills head coach Rex Ryan announced the planned practices with his former defensive coordinator and current head coach of the Browns, Mike Pettine. The Bills and Browns have agreed to hold joint practices at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 17 and at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18. The two sessions will be a lead up to the Bills-Browns preseason game in Cleveland on Thursday, August 20.
"Joint practices give you more of a chance to evaluate players and do different things," said Bills head coach Rex Ryan. "It peaks the competition. We want these two days to be productive and we are excited to work against the Browns."
Buffalo has hosted the Browns at training camp in the past. The two teams squared off for a few years in the summer in the early 2000s, once even meeting halfway between their two camps at Edinboro University in western Pennsylvania. Cleveland last scrimmaged Buffalo at St. John Fisher in 2004.
The Bills spent four days practicing and scrimmaging with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Latrobe, Pennsylvania last summer at St. Vincent College.
Tickets to the joint practice sessions are complimentary, but will be required for entry. Details regarding the ticket distribution will be announced at a later date.
For more information regarding Bills training camp presented by Connors & Ferris, please visit the team's official website featuring a complete training camp section: www.buffalobills.com/camp.