PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Time and patience are two qualities center Eric Wood is running out of when asked to consider how long it might take for the Buffalo Bills to become contenders following their latest offseason overhaul.
What’s wrong with this year?
”I’m going into Year 9 and we haven’t made the playoffs and I feel it from everyone in town. I’m as impatient as everyone else,” Wood said after practice Saturday. ”And I feel like we’ve got enough talent on this team to make the playoffs and make a run at it. I like this team.”
Defensive tackle Kyle Williams, entering his 12th season in Buffalo, doesn’t want to hear about two- or three-year rebuilding plans either.
”As far as tempering expectations, it won’t happen here,” the 12th-year veteran said. ”My expectations are to win.”
Optimism might prevail among the Bills’ two-most senior players three days into training camp.
What’s difficult to grasp is how realistic those high hopes might be for a team that spent the offseason changing its coaching staff, front office and a roster that currently features 42 players having one or fewer season of NFL experience. And of the 89 players listed, only 30 are left from the group that opened camp a year ago.
New coach Sean McDermott isn’t interested in hearing about how little attention national publications are paying Buffalo.
”I certainly acknowledge that’s been the case out there and everyone’s got their own opinions,” the first-time coach and former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator said. ”I don’t really focus on that. I focus in on what’s in front of…
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