Bills Notebook: Rookie minicamp has a ‘first day of school’ feel

Jay Skurski

Sean McDermott did his best not to make too much of the first practice of rookie minicamp Friday for the Buffalo Bills.

“I told them this morning, no one’s going to make the team based off of this practice alone,” McDermott, the Bills’ sixth-year head coach, said. “So let’s just get out there, know where you’re supposed to be, when you’re supposed to be there. Put one foot in front of the other and let’s just crawl before we walk and kind of get the boulders of what this system is supposed to look like, and what their job is in the system.”

On Friday, the team announced it had officially signed all eight of its 2022 draft picks, led by cornerback Kaiir Elam, who was chosen in the first round.

A total of 40 drafted rookies, undrafted free-agents, first-year veterans and tryout players practiced on the grass fields outside the Bills’ fieldhouse on a glorious May afternoon, with temperatures in the 80s.

With so many new faces around the building, Friday very much had the feel of the first day of school. That was even true for the head coach.

“I think, just like anyone, it’s getting a feel for who they are as people, getting a feel for what they can do at this level,” he said. “What’s going to happen out there today is not at this level. But it is a start, and everyone…

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