Pittsford, N.Y. — Time is of the essence for Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins, and they know it.
Taylor and Watkins are both entering “prove it” years for the Buffalo Bills. The team declined Watkins fifth-year option after he needed a second surgery on his broken foot. The Bills also structured Taylor’s contract in a way that suggests that they want to wait and see what he can do in 2017. So you can understand why the work couldn’t wait until training camp.
Back in April, Taylor started putting the plans in motion. First, Taylor and his teammates would have to get a grasp of the playbook during the spring, but that month break between the end of minicamp and training camp wasn’t going to be idle time. Two years ago, Taylor was competing for a job. Last year, Watkins was hurt, so Taylor went to Los Angeles to throw with Robert Woods. This year, Taylor had bought a house in Atlanta and would be throwing to a lot of new faces. So Atlanta served as the home base for Camp Tyrod.
“I just wanted to get a bunch of time working on stuff that we may not be able to get to in practice, and also just get on the same page heading into camp and make sure we don’t take any steps back,” Taylor said in between signing autographs after a recent training camp practice at St. John Fisher College. “We finished out on a good note in the spring and wanted to continue to be building off that and make sure there was no step back in training camp.”
Players came to work with Taylor in shifts. He paid for everything for every player. Tight ends Charles Clay, Nick O’Leary and Logan Thomas made it down. So did fullback Patrick DiMarco…
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