Bledsoe check in with rookies

Drew Bledsoe reported to training camp about 15 minutes late, but that was still way ahead of the Bills' first three draft picks. Mike Williams, Josh Reed and Ryan Denney remained out because they hadn't yet signed contracts.

It wasn't likely that Bledsoe would be fined after walking up the steps to Haffey Hall at St. John Fisher at about 5:15 p.m. He was accompanied by Jay Riemersma, who already had checked in. They were among the veterans - quarterbacks and players coming back from injuries - checking in with rookies the afternoon before training-camp practices were to begin.

"I'm really excited," Bledsoe said, after first indicating to reporters that he wasn't scheduled to meet with the media that day. "I expect us to win.

"It's like being a rookie again, but a rookie with a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge."

Head coach Gregg Williams said more than 60 of the 85 players who will be on the training-camp roster would be present for that evening's team meeting. He indicated he wasn't concerned that the team's top rookies were missing.

"I have to coach the guys who are here," Williams said. "It really doesn't bother me that they're not here. They had a great off-season, and they've been around what we're doing. We'll catch up on them."

The coach also mentioned five veterans who would be eased into playing condition because they're coming off injuries: Riemersma (hamstring), Travis Henry and Jerry Ostroski (knee surgery), Pat Williams (ankle surgery) and Jeremy McDaniel (hernia surgery). Another wideout, Reggie Germany, said he had been placed on the physically unable to perform list.

Gregg Williams noted there would be some changes in practice schedules, days off and procedures. Most important from the players' perspective, they might not have to put up with a blaring air horn to wake them up each morning.

"We'll start out not doing that," Williams said, quickly adding, "It has nothing to do with their likes or dislikes. Are (the horns) located in my suitcase? Yes, they are."


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