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Will 2 days with Steelers make game easier?

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2014 – 8:47 am

Following their two days of practice with the Steelers on Wednesday and Thursday, the Bills get a day off prior to their Saturday night preseason tilt with Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. Will those two days serve as live scouting to help prepare Buffalo for what Pittsburgh might throw at them Saturday night?

“I’m not sure how that’ll work out. I’ve never done this before,” said Eric Wood. “We generally practice against a ‘look team’ and obviously a ‘look team’ is not as good as a starting defense is going to be. In this case you’re going to be going against a starting defense and then play against them in the game. I’d say you’d probably be a little more comfortable come game time, a little more prepared, but it’ll be interesting.”

Robert Woods isn’t certain if it’ll make things easier in the preseason game being exposed to Pittsburgh’s personnel in practice for two days, but he doesn’t deny it could be a bit like live scouting.

“Seeing how guys play to a certain coverage, how he bails and how he presses,” said Woods. “That’s why you go out and play against him in a game so you know what’s coming and know how to attack them to create an advantage for us.

“You get two extra days against the Steelers and get a good look at their squad and how we’re going to play things on the offensive end for us. We’re going to go out there Saturday and just be prepared for it having seen it throughout the week.”

 


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Jackson: Extra rest day can’t mean complacency

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2014 – 8:45 pm

The rains came this morning at St. John Fisher in Rochester, canceling Buffalo’s scheduled 8 am practice. The team conducted walk through sessions indoors instead. Already having Monday off, Tuesday’s lack of activity was relished by the players who were quick to rest their bodies now in week four of training camp. At the same time the extra day off can’t lead to complacency.

That was the message of Bills veteran back Fred Jackson.

“It’s huge when you’re out here banging and going through as much as we are,” said Jackson of the extra day without contact. “When you’re at training camp and you get these unexpected days off, you like it. But it’s on us now to take advantage of it when we come back on the field. We’ve had a couple of days off and then we get right back to work.”

And the work figures to be intense with two days of practice with the Steelers in Latrobe, PA.

“Yeah, it couldn’t come at a better time knowing that we’re about to go out there and it’s going to be pretty physical,” said Jackson. “They’re a team that prides themselves on being physical and we’re going to go out there and match that. We get a good break going into that is going to make it that much better.”


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