Bills begin rookie minicamp on Monday

This year's rookie minicamp will be conducted virtually

Sal Capaccio
May 10, 2020 - 5:00 pm

It’s not going to look, or even be run the same way as in years past. But on Monday, Buffalo Bills rookies will be a part of their first official NFL workout session when the team begins its rookie minicamp in virtual format.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and players and coaches unable to meet at team facilities, the league and the Players' Union agreed to a modified offseason program that allows for classroom instruction, workouts, and non-football educational programs using things such as Skype or other virtual or video conferencing platforms. That’s how the Bills have been conducting Phase 1 of their offseason program with veterans since April 20, and how they’ll be doing it with rookies beginning on Monday. 

“Very similar to the way we are engaging the veterans right now,” head coach Sean McDermott recently said on One Bills Live on WGR. “That’s been a little bit of a challenge, but our players have just been phenomenal in the way that they’ve been organized and on top of things with this.”

Drafted rookies, undrafted free agents, and any player who has not completed one season in which he earned a year of credited service are eligible to participate in rookie minicamp. Additionally, according to the collective bargaining agreement, each club may allow no more than five veteran players to participate, as well.  

The Bills announced the signings of six of their seven draft picks last week, as well as eight undrafted free agents. Running back Zack Moss, a third round pick, is the only unsigned draft pick. Players do not have to be under contract to participate in rookie minicamp.

“There are so many challenges when it comes down to time, and so with the window not being as open right now as we’d like it to be because of the COVID-19 virus, it’s going to be a challenge,” McDermott said of the limited access and how it might impact the rookie class. “Continuity is certainly important.”



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