PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- All eyes have been on Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins through the first four days of training camp.
And he has not disappointed.
Watkins latest highlight catch came during individual drills. He slipped coming out of his break in the end zone, but recovered in time to make a one-handed grab with his right mit.
As for the team overall, head coach Doug Marrone is glad they have the extra week of practice because of playing in the Hall of Fame game.
"I think we have a long way to go, and if there is one thing that it’s shown, it’s that we’re lucky to come into camp early and have these first couple days," Marrone said. "I think we should all be grateful that we have this head start. When you look at where we were last year to where we are this year, it’s very encouraging, but it’s still not where we want to be at.
Wednesday marked the return of defensive lineman Marcell Dareus. He in Alabama earlier this week dealing with legal issues involving drug possession.
Dareus issues a statement early Wednesday morning concerning his troubled off-season which involved two arrests.
"After dealing with a personal matter in Alabama, I am excited to return to training camp to rejoin my teammates in our preparations for the 2014 season," Dareus said in the statement. "Right now, my focus is on earning the trust of my teammates, coaches and the fans while continuing to improve as a football player. I have a passion for this game and I want to be here to help this organization achieve its goals. There are things I need to work on professionally and personally to make sure I can be accountable to myself, my family, this team and this community. My focus will remain on achieving that goal one day at a time. I want to thank the Bills organization, Coach Marrone and the coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for their continued support."
While Dareus is back at training camp, he is not able to participate until he passes his conditioning test. As he waits, his teammates stand behind him.
"We are going to be here and embrace him and fight through it with him and that's what it's about," linebacker Brandon Spikes said. "You know, that family atmosphere is one of the reasons I came here. You know we got his back and like I said the people we got out here we go with and guys have to step up."
The Bills are off Thursday before returning to the practice field Friday evening starting at 6 p.m.
Updates From Camp