IN THEIR OWN WORDS | Bills gain confidence from practicing against a different opponent

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (10) and Carolina Panthers wide receiver Aldrick Robinson (8) Buffalo Bills take part in a joint practice with the Carolina Panthers at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, August 13, 2019. Photo by Bill Wippert

1. Beasley excited to work against Panthers

Cole Beasley played a limited amount against the Colts during Week 1 of the preseason. But, in the first joint practice against the Carolina Panthers, Beasley and the rest of the offense can see what they’re really capable of.

“That’s how you build confidence,” Beasley said. “We go against our team every day and sometimes they start playing us a little better than maybe other teams that come in, will. So it gets really tough. Today was good work for us. It’s exciting to see what [our offense] looks like against another team and just build confidence. It’s an awesome feeling when we have success against another team.”

2. Allen learns from the best

Josh Allen was able to connect with one of the best linebackers in the NFL after practice on Tuesday. Luke Kuechly, the 2013 defensive player of the year gave his feedback to Allen on what he saw during a certain play. It’s just one advantage of joint practices.

“I’ve spent some time with Luke [Kuechly] before in the past, just to talk about football,” Allen said. “I had a chance to talk to him about a play after practice and just hear his inside knowledge. At the end of the day we don’t have each other on our schedule so we’re trying to get better at the same time.”

3. Hyde focusing on fundamentals

The Bills defense will get an extended look at the Carolina Panthers offense. After weeks of figuring out the Bills and growing through what offensive coordinator Brian Daboll throws at them, Micah Hyde sees an advantage of getting out of the monotony.

“I think it’s better out there competing against different faces,” Hyde said. “Once you get into training camp you see these guys every day, you compete against them, so I don’t want to say it’s easier but you see the common things, you get a good idea what they might run.”

“You know, the stuff that you don’t normally see every day and it forces you to focus on the fundamentals.”

The Bills and Panthers took the field at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Tuesday, Aug. 13, for a joint practice. Click through to see the top moments from the day.

4. Cornerbacks on the same page

Levi Wallace had the highlight of the day, picking off Cam Newton. Wallace has been fighting for the cornerback spot opposite of Tre’Davious White and knows White will have his back no matter what role he has this year.

“I don’t know, just some self-motivation,” Wallace said. “Tre’Davious plays with a lot of confidence and I do too. As long as we’re out there making plays and doing what we got to do, we feed off each other. I’m happy when he makes plays and he’s happy when I make a play, so it’s all good.”

5. Lawson repeats there’s no fighting

Shaq Lawson doesn’t want to fight. He just wants to be home for a couple of days and see his family while joint practices are under way. Both head coaches of the Bills and Panthers emphasized there would be no fighting during the joint practices and the players have listened.

“No point in fighting,” Lawson said. “We’re trying to get good-on-good work, there’s no point. This is my first joint practice, first I thought it was going to be fights because that’s all you hear about joint practices, fights, fights, fights. We came and got that good work. It’s too hot to fight out here anyways.”

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