Pittsford - Just finished up our stories for 5 and 6 o'clock tonight so thought I'd add to my blog here at WKBW.com. We are in between practices here at training camp on day two or workouts in Pittsford. It's the first double session of camp, the first practice ran this morning from 9:30am -11:30... with the night practice scheduled from 7:00pm-9:00pm.. I'll finish off a long day at around 11:30 pm tonight... but I have no complaints. Football is back.
As much as the quarterback competition has demanded attention the first two days.. I've really enjoyed watching Chan Gailey coach.
As we talked about back during OTA's.. Gailey doesn't sit idle. He jumps into the mix.. he's a teacher on the field and off of it.. getting involved with the players.. getting on the field to show the team how he wants things done. It doesn't mean success is on the way here in his first year with the Bills, but he's sure giving it everything he has in the early going. It's refreshing.
Gailey has been demanding of his players since his arrival with the team. He focused on conditioning during the off-season.. requiring his players to go through conditioning/running drills following each workout. Here at camp he had players in full pads the first day for yesterdays practice . His response when asked about it .. "It's training camp.. it's time to go to work". I love that attitude and mentality.
Some of that approach spilled out onto the field today. We were an hour into practice, maybe a play or two into team drills when the first fight of training camp broke out. Aaron Maybin hit RB Fred Jackson knocking him to the ground. Center Geoff Hangartner took offense and went after Maybin. The two exchange a couple of shoves, a couple of punches before things broke up. These things happen in football, but it's been awhile since we've seen a fight break out, especially this early at camp. I like the passion I've seen so far of players under Gailey... we'll see if it translates through the rest of camp.
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