Here's the Bills news of note for June 5th.** 1 - Players pushing it in practice
Buffalo Bills linebacker, Preston Brown, appeared on the John Murphy Show last Friday and talked about how practice has looked under the new coaching staff and head coach Sean McDermott.
"The energy that guys have out there, we're running to the ball each and every play," Brown said. "It's just the way were taking charge and everybody's really making an effort to touch the ball each and every play. Then to run back to the huddle and do it again. I mean, we only get three or four plays so it's really great to see that everyone's buying into the new coaches and this system that they're implementing."
Although the Bills are still in the OTA phase of the offseason workouts, which include no hard hitting or pads on. Brown reiterates that they are working hard as much as they can.
"It's great. We're punching at the ball, trying to get the ball out and watching Charles Tillman highlights everyday," he said. "We're making an effort to run to the ball and get the ball back to the offense."
2- McCoy holds fourth annual Charity Softball Game
Running back LeSean McCoy and several of his teammates took a trip to nearby Rochester on Sunday for the fourth annual LeSean McCoy Foundation Charity Softball Game. The event, which featured a homerun derby and autograph signings, gave fans a chance to spend time with some of their favorite Buffalo Bills while supporting a great cause. McCoy's foundation, Shades of Greatness, works to provide assistance to those battling ALS. McCoy, who lost his grandmother to the disease, and his foundation are focused on raising awareness and committed to supporting organizations working to find a cure.
"It was fun, a lot of fans came out and my teammates," said McCoy. "It's more the purpose of it and the message we're trying to get out. That's the biggest thing. It means a lot. Not only does it mean a lot to me, but there are a lot of people in need…It's doing everything in our power to help people out. You look at the ALS Association, we team up with them...To make more awareness and try and find a cure. That's one of the biggest things why we have the foundation in general. I lost my grandmother years ago. So we just do so much, it means a lot to me."
With the support of his family and friends, McCoy made the day one to remember.
"Most of the guys out here are close friends, not just teammates," said McCoy. "Anytime they have a charity event, I always try to make it because that's what [a] team is all about. Sure it's everything on the field, but off the field it just shows you the bond you have as teammates."
Photos of all the action from the fourth annual LeSean McCoy Foundation Charity Softball Game held in Rochester, N.Y.
**3 - Bills undrafted punter predicted to make the roster
Bleacher Report columnist, Gary Davenport, recently predicted every teams undrafted free agent to make the roster. Going undrafted is tough for any player, and likely means that their road to the 53-man roster will be a major challenge.
Here is the undrafted rookie Davenport predicted to make the Bills final 53:
That opens the door for rookie Austin Rehkow, who averaged a robust 44.4 yards per kick over his collegiate career while also serving as a kickoff specialist. Rehkow was the fifth-ranked punter in college football last year, per PFF, and almost half his punts last year were downed inside the 20 (30 of 63). Even better, only half of Rehkow's punts were returned on the season.
Let's be frank. OK, you can be whoever you are, and I'll be Frank.
The Buffalo Bills aren't going to win a bunch of shootouts in 2017. The Bills are going to win with defense and the run game. With ball control. Old-school football.
A big part of winning games old-school is field position. The ability to flip the field and pin opponents deep in their own territory.