A Hard Knocks Change of Heart for Buffalo?

Back in March, Vic Carucci reported that the Buffalo Bills turned down an opportunity to appear on Hard Knocks. The team cannot be forced to appear on the show but Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland lists the Bills as a potential participant. Did the team have a change of heart?

Are the Buffalo Bills back in the running to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks?

An ESPN Cleveland article from Tony Grossi lists the Bills as one of three potential teams that may be featured on the show. Grossi acknowledges that the Cleveland Browns, once the favorite to appear on Hard Knocks, spoke out at the NFL meetings in March against appearing on the show. Their main reason? Johnny Manziel’s recovery from his rehabilitation stint. It’s believed that the NFL will honor Cleveland’s request, but now a team must be chosen. If Grossi is correct, the Bills, Houston Texans and Washington Redskins top the NFL’s list of potential participants.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

The source said that NFL Films, which produces the series, does not want an unwilling participant. Potential participants are the Texans, Redskins and Bills.

If the Bills are chosen as the featured team, the Browns would have a cameo appearance, after all. The Browns and Bills will have joint practices at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, for a couple days prior to their preseason meeting in FirstEnergy Stadium on Aug. 20.

If Buffalo agrees to appear on Hard Knocks it’d come as a pretty big surprise. Back in March, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reported that the Bills turned down an opportunity to appear on the show. Here is what Carucci wrote about the team appearing on Hard Knocks back in March:

According to an NFL source, the NFL approached Bills representatives during the league meeting here about whether they wanted to be the featured team to have cameras follow the team's every move through training camp and the preseason, and they declined.

The Bills cannot be forced to appear on the show as Rex Ryan is entering his first year as head coach of the team. Teams with new head coaches have the right to decline appearing on the show. If the Bills appear, it means that the team had a change of heart since late March.

Buffalo would be an entertaining choice for Hard Knocks. They were very active in free agency and have one of the most talented rosters in the league. Throw in Rex Ryan and his coaching staff and you have a formula for ratings gold.

An announcement on which team will appear on the show is expected in June. 

UPDATE: Vic Carucci put the Bills/Hard Knocks rumor to rest earlier today. 

Buffalo would have been an entertaining choice but the team doesn't appear to want the extra distraction as they enter the 2015 season.


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Are the Buffalo Bills back in the running to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks?

An ESPN Cleveland article from Tony Grossi lists the Bills as one of three potential teams that may be featured on the show. Grossi acknowledges that the Cleveland Browns, once the favorite to appear on Hard Knocks, spoke out at the NFL meetings in March against appearing on the show. Their main reason? Johnny Manziel’s recovery from his rehabilitation stint. It’s believed that the NFL will honor Cleveland’s request, but now a team must be chosen. If Grossi is correct, the Bills, Houston Texans and Washington Redskins top the NFL’s list of potential participants.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

The source said that NFL Films, which produces the series, does not want an unwilling participant. Potential participants are the Texans, Redskins and Bills.

If the Bills are chosen as the featured team, the Browns would have a cameo appearance, after all. The Browns and Bills will have joint practices at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, for a couple days prior to their preseason meeting in FirstEnergy Stadium on Aug. 20.

If Buffalo agrees to appear on Hard Knocks it’d come as a pretty big surprise. Back in March, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reported that the Bills turned down an opportunity to appear on the show. Here is what Carucci wrote about the team appearing on Hard Knocks back in March:

According to an NFL source, the NFL approached Bills representatives during the league meeting here about whether they wanted to be the featured team to have cameras follow the team's every move through training camp and the preseason, and they declined.

The Bills cannot be forced to appear on the show as Rex Ryan is entering his first year as head coach of the team. Teams with new head coaches have the right to decline appearing on the show. If the Bills appear, it means that the team had a change of heart since late March.

Buffalo would be an entertaining choice for Hard Knocks. They were very active in free agency and have one of the most talented rosters in the league. Throw in Rex Ryan and his coaching staff and you have a formula for ratings gold.

An announcement on which team will appear on the show is expected in June. 

UPDATE: Vic Carucci put the Bills/Hard Knocks rumor to rest earlier today. 

No truth to report the #Bills are a finalist to appear on Hard Knocks, according to a high-ranking team source. They are "not interested."

— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) May 22, 2015

Buffalo would have been an entertaining choice but the team doesn't appear to want the extra distraction as they enter the 2015 season.



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