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Bills Today: This undrafted wide receiver is producing big plays early in camp


1 - This undrafted wide receiver is producing big plays early in camp

As an undrafted rookie wide receiver out of Virginia Tech, many may say that Cam Phillips' chances of making the final cut is slim. However, as training camp has progressed Phillips has impressed with his ability to find open space on the field.

"I just have gained an understanding that different spots on the field offer different looks," said Phillips. "For example, in the red zone, you have a little more time since it is a more condensed zone."

Phillips also noted that patience is key to both performing on the field and understanding a new offense.

"You just have to be patient, and wait for your opportunities," he said. "Just being a little bit more patient makes a big difference."

Transitioning from a college offense at Virginia Tech to Brian Daboll's offense may be challenging for some, but Phillips views it as an opportunity for him to be on a level playing field. Also, Phillips seems to enjoy Daboll's intricate style of coaching.

"I really like the fact that he is sort of a mad scientist in a way," Phillips said. "He is coming up with a bunch of different things that are throwing off the defense at practice."

As Phillips has adjusted to the NFL game, he has shown a knack for making big plays, and almost always making the smart play. The wide receiver group is wide open as the preseason begins, but Phillips is definitely in the mix.

2 - Peter King raves about Bills camp setting

As one of the longest tenured journalists around the NFL, Peter King has been to his fair share of training camps. On a recent visit to Bills camp at St. John Fisher college, King delved into his fondness for the training camp vibe in Pittsford.

"If you don't love coming to Pittsford, and afterwards if your first stop after practice isn't to the dairy barn; I would be shocked," said King.

King was also impressed with the way that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has prepared the three quarterbacks for this year's camp.

"I was really impressed with A.J. McCarron, and also with Allen and Peterman," he said. "I was also impressed with Micah Hyde, he was such a valuable free agent signing."

King also noted that he admires the way that Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott are building this roster. He believes that a solid plan has been set, and that Beane and the rest of the Bills staff have followed their plan admirably.

"I think what Beane and McDermott are building here is a smart plan," said King. "What really wins in football is the effort."

As Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have crafted this roster, an emphasis has been placed on building a culture of consistent effort and team chemistry. This has become a key characteristic of the 2018 Bills, and they will look to continue that theme moving forward.

3 - McDermott excited to be back in Buffalo

Although training camp in Rochester is a great opportunity for the Bills to prepare for each and every season, the team is excited to get back to Buffalo for the "Return of the Blue and Red." Being back on your home turf is always a relief, and head coach Sean McDermott is eager to get back.

"I'm excited about it and I think our players are too," said McDermott.

The return to New Era Field is set to be the first opportunity for many fans to get a good look at their favorite team. As players and coaches return to their stomping grounds, McDermott is hoping that the team's focus will remain the same.

"I'd like them to keep their focus," he said. "I know they're kind of inching to get back to Buffalo and the stadium."

Tonight's practice will be the first time this season that the Bills will be practicing on the turf due to natural grass being easier on the player's bodies. McDermott noted this and maintained that he is excited for everyone to get back to a familiar setting.

"We didn't do that this spring [because we] wanted to stay on the grass field," he said. "We know how important winning at home is and getting in front of our fans Friday evening will be special for us."

Bills fans will have a great experience getting back to the stadium that they love, and players and coaches will enjoy putting on a show for them.

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