Rookie camp always has an interesting dynamic for young football players.
With draft memories or frustrations still fresh on their minds, players from all over the country get their first chance to prove they belong on an NFL roster. The three-day event—stuffed with activities and drills—may be the only opportunity for some of the players to showcase the qualities that made them a pick or priority free agent in the first place.
The 33 players who participated in the minicamp since Friday afternoon are a part of an exciting new era of Buffalo Bills football.
A franchise that has been mired in mediocrity since its '90s glory days and that had one of the more controversial offseasons has pinned its hopes on finding a few budding stars out of this group. Eyes were on young playmakers EJ Manuel and Robert Woods, but a few other players turned in solid performances during three days of practices in Orchard Park.
Performances in rookie camps—especially for those drafted toward the top—mean very little in the grand scheme of things, but they give coaches a little glimpse at the beginning of development. With that in mind, here are a few things to take away from the Bills' wrapped-up minicamp.