It’s no surprise that as Bills training camp officially opened Saturday in Rochester, N.Y., the spotlight was squarely on the highest-profile newcomer, Terrell Owens. QB Trent Edwards was asked about the response of the first-day crowd to Owens.
“I went over and signed over there and no one really cheered that loud — he went over there and the whole crowd cheered,” said Edwards. “But I’ve been here. This is my third year so maybe they’ve already had my autograph so they already got used to me.”
Enthusiasm certainly appears high around the Bills. Owens drew a loud ovation upon emerging from the locker room, as well as cheers every time he touched the ball. He spent most of his media session answering questions about the reception from Bills fans, explaining that he was used to the attention throughout his career.
“You know, sometimes I have to pinch myself,” Owens said. “I realize that I’ve had a following everywhere that I’ve been. I expected nothing different here. I know that the Buffalo fans are very, very fanatic, they’re behind their team 100 percent, and so coming out here I expected nothing less. It definitely gives me an appreciation for who I am and what I’ve done throughout my career. I just take it all in stride. I know that I’m a blessed individual, and I know that I have a lot to offer. So I expect to bring some of those same things that I brought to other teams to Buffalo — a lot of success and a lot of wins.”
A few other notes from Bills camp:
- While the Bills open camp with two practices Saturday, the team’s top four draft picks remain unsigned. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora believes the signing of first-round pick Aaron Maybin (11th overall) could linger, as the sides only recently began discussing a contract.
- One player not in camp — LB John DiGiorgio — was waived Saturday after failing his physical. According to his agent, DiGiorgio had microfracture knee surgery two weeks ago, and isn’t expected to be fully healthy until January.
- The AP noted that WRs James Hardy and C.J. Hawthorne opened camp on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list as they continue to recuperate from injuries. Both players can re-join the roster and return to practice once they pass a physical. Head coach Dick Jauron said he expects both players will soon be cleared for practice. The team’s official site noted Hardy is hopeful to be participating in camp in time to play in the team’s final preseason game on Sept. 3.
- Buffalobills.com posted some notes following Saturday’s early practice, which included RB Marshawn Lynch taking the bulk of the work in the backfield with the first team, and also a look at who lined up where with the first and second units.