Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott spoke with the media before the team’s rookie minicamp opened on Friday, and answered questions about the rookies but also the newly announced schedule. While several teams are holding joint practices with their Week 3 preseason opponent, the Bills won’t be doing that this year with the Carolina Panthers.
The Bills and Panthers did hold joint practices in 2019, the last time they saw each other in the preseason. Ron Rivera was the Carolina coach at the time and as McDermott’s former mentor, there were strong ties between the two teams. With Rivera gone from the Panthers, the connections are less strong.
We still don’t have a date for the preseason finale, but the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts is August 13th while the next contest is a week later against the Denver Broncos on August 20th.