McDermott said he has defined goals for rookie minicamp

Josh Allen is getting his first taste of the NFL

Paul Hamilton
May 11, 2018 - 1:32 pm

Photo: Sal Capaccio (@SalSports)

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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - The Bills opened rookie minicamp on Friday. Before the team took the field, Sean McDermott spoke on some of the things he’ll be looking for this weekend. The head coach said, “It’s really on two different levels. The first level being the drafted players starting to understand our schemes, our systems, our program and how we do things in all areas of our building in terms of the process.

“What we try to do is introduce them more than anything to Day 1 in the NFL, here’s where the training room is, here’s where the locker-room is, so there’s a part that’s on the field, but there’s also a part that is off the field in terms of here’s where you find these resources to help you be the best version of yourself.”

The Bills' prized No. 1 pick, quarterback Josh Allen, took the field for the first time as a Bill. McDermott said “I’m looking for Josh and the other players to come out and get a feel and a comfort level for how we do things in our program, not only on the field, but off the field as well.

“And what it means to be a Buffalo Bill and the standard that our players have created over the last year and acclimate themselves to that standard as quickly as they can.”

McDermott isn’t concerned about how many passes Allen completes in this minicamp. McDermott said now is the time for other things like a base, “There is a grooming process that takes place. It is a scrutinized position because it is a critical position, but we’ve got a plan in place for all of our players including Josh and that’s bringing them along at the right pace, creating a great foundation, so that when they move forward in their career, we don’t get into a situation where you can’t go back and reestablish that base, we’ve got to do it now.”

“It’s coming out, being able to get the verbiage and the terminology down early on and command the huddle and getting a grasp of what we’re doing and what leads us to snapping the ball.

“We embrace that growth concept and we believe in learning on the job. If you take the approach of continual improvement, it’s been proven over the years that you’ll end up where you’re trying to end up.”

Tremaine Edmunds is the other No. 1 pick by the Bills this year. We still don’t know if he’ll be competing both on the inside and the outside. McDermott said, “There’s a lot that has to happen before he puts himself in that position and the number one thing is he’s got to earn it and that goes for everyone on our roster. This is a place where we earn things and you’ll see him out there today commanding the huddle and that is a big part of the evaluation, a guy that’s a signal caller that can execute at a high level.” If he's calling signals, then we know he'll at least be inside.

With so many undrafted players on the field this weekend, it’s up to them to show why they can be professional football players. McDermott said, “It’s what we’re looking for this weekend, is who slipped through the cracks and for what reason in terms of whether it’s athletic ability or intelligence. We also look for football IQ that goes along with the athleticism.

“We embrace that growth concept and we believe in learning on the job. If you take approach of continual improvement, it’s been proven over the years that you’ll end up where you’re trying to end up.”

McDermott has said since last season ended that this team is not where it has to be to win a championship. McDermott said improving on that has already started, “Anybody coming in here and that includes me, we are not where we want to be, so there’s a big gap from where we are and where we’re trying to go and that’s why we stress so much the process around here and what goes into where we’re trying to get to.”

Sal Capaccio will have more from the field as the day goes on.

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