Pending League Approval, Steelers Will Host Bills For Three Training Camp Practices

Updating a previous report, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News is now reporting that pending league approval, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills have both agreed to joint practice sessions this year during training camp.

The hope is that these joint practices will take place annually moving forward and that they will start this year with the Steelers hosting three of them at Saint VincentCollege in Latrobe, PA. Next year, the Bills would host the Steelers for three practices at St. JohnFisherCollege in Rochester, NY.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was the one to propose the idea, according to Graham, however, according to Bills general manager Doug Whaley, the practices will not be set in stone until the league releases its preseason schedule as dates and times of the exhibition games could impede the plan.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Whaley told Graham Tuesday morning at the NFL owners’ meetings. “One, it breaks up the monotony of camp. Two, it gives you a chance to evaluate your players against other players in practice setting.

“After all summer of going up against the same guys, the same guys, you might slip into a false sense of reality. This will set the bar a little higher.”

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  • steeltown

    Nice

  • srdan

    No pads and no hitting right?

  • srdan

    I think for our D to get a look at CJ Spiller will be huge.

  • srdan

    NM, there should be pads in TC, but no hitting i imagine.

  • Jeff

    I really like this idea. I guess we need more details….

  • chris ward

    Nice, I think it is an interesting idea.

  • Matt Manzo

    Do any other teams do this?

  • Jacob Dixon

    Patriots and Eagles last year

  • CW

    Many teams have had scrimmage games against each other prior to preseason games over the years. This is a little more extensive than what normally happens, I believe, but not unheard of.

  • SFIC

    Awesome!

  • joed32

    The last time they did it was a full scrimmage but with the new rules in the NFLPAs contract, who knows. It’s been a few years.

  • Steve

    Was at these years ago when they would scrimage the Skins and it was 10 plays a peice. Coaches were out on the field and could stop the play if there were screw ups and tell them what needs to be done. Don’t think this has been done since the new NFLPA contract. Was more just to evaluate talent.

  • dkoy85

    Good deal!

  • nicolaisim

    There will be hitting! :)

  • Jollyrob68

    One of these teams will be on HBO.

  • Luke Shabro

    Can we pull a switcheroo on them? Here is Cam Thomas, we’ll take Marcell Dareus. Thanks!

  • T R

    atlanta with Titans done it too

  • Matt Manzo

    Ya! They could swap uniforms mid game and maybe no one would notice til it was too late!!!