Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bills working out summer camp plans with Steelers


For the first time since 2005, the Buffalo Bills may have a scrimmaging ally in training camp.

After having plans fall through last season, the Bills are currently making arrangements to travel to Latrobe, Pennsylvania to get early practice against the Pittsburgh Steelers this summer.

"It’s something that I’ve done before, it’s something that I truly like, I truly believe in it,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said this week of the joint practices, via

The Bills participated in live practices with the Cleveland Browns a decade ago. The joint-camp work has become common among the league of late, as the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had similar arrangements the past couple years.

“We are looking for certain things that Coach Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers bring to the table that would help us,” Marrone said.

The only problem that stands in the way is the preseason schedule, as Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon brought to the NFL's attention that they'd like to have Pittsburgh on their actual exhibition game slate for logistic purposes.

The ultimate goal for the pair of teams is to alternate training camp trips each year, with the Bills going to the Steelers this year and vice versa in 2015. No matter how the scheduling works out, the Bills maintain they look to have a “very good working relationship” with the Steelers organization.

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