PITTSFORD, N.Y. — The opening day of training camp meant Bills fans got their first look at the prized pickup of the off-season, Mario Williams.
"I was really excited, "Williams said. "It is one of those things that you have to keep yourself under wraps about and make sure that you are out here taking care of business.
"It is about not letting the first day get over your head and not doing the things that you are supposed to be doing on the field. So it is good to come out here and get back out with the guys once again and sort through these pieces of the puzzle."
And being at St. John Fisher is truly a brand new experience for the big defensive end. Camps for his former team, the Houston Texans, were held at the team's training center in Houston.
"This is a little different. When I got here, guys were like, did you call ‘Rent-A-Center?’ and I said ‘no I didn’t call Rent-A-Center. Nobody even told me about it until I got here," Williams joked. "I am sleeping on twin-size beds and no TV. It is not a big deal but I just did not know (the set-up) so it was a shock. This is my first time ever being away from home for a camp."
Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Stevie Johnson looked right at home. The quarterback/receiver combo connected on several nice pass plays. Head Coach Chan Gailey sees a big year ahead for Johnson.
"We have the offense intact. He knows it. He and (QB Ryan Fitzpatrick) have a rapport with each other," Gailey said. "I think that he will have another strong season. I do not see any reason he would not."
Bills are back on the field Friday for a morning workout, followed by a full practice session in the afternoon from 3-5:30 p.m.