ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - It might have been day one on the job for the newest Bills, but the tone was set for some of the rookies during their pre-draft visits.
"It just felt really homey when I first got here," rookie linebacker Preston Brown said. "I liked all the coaches and I felt a really family vibe when I got here. And it was really a great visit and all "
"The couple of days I was here, it's the same stuff," rookie tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said. "Family vibe. Even the players in the locker room is a good family vibe. I don't see anything bad about the character on this team at all."
For Canisius grad and Miami linebacker Jimmy Gaines, his road to the Bills was not as mapped out. But the undrafted free agent couldn't be happier to sign on with his hometown team.
"It's amazing being back home and just being well received from people back home," Gaines said. "From my high school teammates and just everybody excited for me to be here."
Individually, the rookies will be battling for playing time. But collectively they will be battling to end the Bills 14 year playoff drought. And they're pretty confident they will do so based upon their college success.
"I learned how to win [at Duke]," rookie cornerback Ross Cockrell said. "I learned what it takes to win. How to build a championship contending team. Unfortunately I wasn't there to see it all the way through, but we did get to the ACC Championship and we did make two, back-to-back bowls."
"I don't know why we haven't been a winning team, but I'm a winner," Kouandjio said. "That's what I do. Because I've been to two winning programs. I've lost about seven games in my life. I know what a winning program looks like. I know the trends. I see trends in a winning program. And if I see something that's a little bit off, I'd say something."
Hopefully these rookies actions speak louder than words and into wins.