Summer break has officially begun for the Buffalo Bills.
As has become a tradition for Sean McDermott and his team, the coach informed his players that the mandatory minicamp was over after just their second practice. The NFL allows teams to use a three-day practice window for the final offseason event, but McDermott has rewarded his team in past years with a day off for two days of hard work.
The players held up their end of the bargain, so McDermott stuck with the philosophy. The Bills’ next practice isn’t until the start of training camp in late July.
And McDermott had to be pleased with having his entire roster available for the only mandatory practices of the offseason program. The entire roster attended both days, including safety Jordan Poyer.
Poyer has made his intentions known through agents that he would like a contract extension. Poyer will become a free agent after 2022, and after an All-Pro season, he’s likely seeking longer contract security and to be paid like the league’s top safeties. The Bills have remained silent on the matter.
That dispute led to curiosity if he would stay away from the team for the mandatory minicamp. But Poyer returned to Buffalo and took part in both practices. He also erased the idea of a “hold-in” to avoid getting fined for missing minicamp. Poyer was a near full participant, working into positional and 11-on-11 drills during both sessions.
Poyer and his safety running mate, Micah Hyde, were both in attendance for the workouts. In the voluntary OTA sessions that allowed media access, only two Bills players were absent.
With the Bills’ full roster in attendance, what stood out? Here are several minicamp observations as the Bills prepare to rest up before a season rife with expectations.