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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The practices were a little longer, and this week it was mandatory, but not much changed for the Bills from OTAs to mini-camp.
Overall, they're happy with how things progressed over the the last month of workouts, with an eye toward the next phase - training camp.
"Very productive. You know we've gotten a few things installed. We get a chance to go back and look at that and take the notes we've taken so far during this, go over that and come back and hit the ground running," said Fred Jackson, running back.
"We got a lot done this week. We got a lot of situations looked at. I have been pleased with the overall progress of our football team. One of the best things is no injuries throughout the whole thing really to speak of," said head coach Chan Gailey.
The challenge now for the Bills is finding a balance between rest and relaxtion over the next five weeks, while mantaining the physical and mental edge they've developed over the last four weeks at OTAs and mini-camp.
"Yeah, you want to stay focused on football, but at the same time you've got to take a break for a little bit at least," Jackson said. "But make sure you're not taking so much time off that you forget everything that you've put in so far and lose all the shape you've been trying to get into."
"Our personal expectation is to just build from where we are. Obviously we have great, talented guys on this team and we’re looking to be a lot better than we were in the past and that’s where our expectations are," said Shawne Merriman, defensive end.
The Bills kick off training camp at St. John Fischer with their first practice on July 26th.