There won’t be helmets or hitting, but the Buffalo Bills will take the field today to start their offseason workout program.
Because they have a new head coach, they’re allowed to begin offseason work two weeks before the rest of the NFL. The Chargers start today as well.
However, Sean McDermott — nor any of his assistants or coordinators — will be with the team, as part of the CBA. Only the team’s strength and conditioning coaches will be on the field as part of the voluntary session.
Players will be in shorts doing strength and conditioning exercises or injury rehabilitation.
Quarterbacks playing catch with pass-catchers is the only football-specific work that can be done during what’s known as “Phase One” of the offseason program. There won’t be any 11-vs-11, 7-on-7, or 1-on-1 drills. Offensive line vs. defensive line won’t begin until Phase Three (OTAs).
So, yeah, this isn’t the most thrilling on-field development.
But, hey, at least the Bills are on the field, marking the outset of the 2017-2018 season.