ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Sunday marked day two of rookie minicamp for the Bills out in Orchard Park - a first taste of life in the NFL and the expectations that come along with it.
Of course the most pressure from this year's rookie class lies with first round pick Sammy Watkins. The Bills made the big move on draft night to trade up to get him.
With that comes the hope that he can be a major playmaker and help end the club's 14-year playoff drought. But head coach Doug Marrone won't get caught up in the kind of numbers Watkins puts up this season.
"When we can get 11 guys on that field and be executing at a high level on offense, a high level on defense and a high level on special teams and win - we’re bringing guys in here to win," Marrone said. "Whether they catch two balls, 10 balls, I don’t really care. At the end of the day, all I care about is if we win."
"They trust and believe in me to come up five picks," Watkins said. "That's why I trust in them to teach me the plays and me to learn the plays. It takes accountability for me to do what I have to do. To learn the playbook and get down with EJ Manuel and the offensive guys."
Watkins will have the chance to work with Manuel and the rest of the offense in about 10 days when the Bills veterans join for the start of organized team activities.
It's also the first exposure to the NFL not only for the Bills draft picks, but a number of players with local ties.
Three former UB Bulls have an opportunity to show their skills. Derek Brim, a Buffalo native and Canisius High School product is getting a crack in the secondary.
Defensive tackle Colby Way is a fellow undrafted free agent, and Fred Lee is getting a chance with the wide receivers on a tryout.
"The fans here are amazing, so the fact that I played at the University at Buffalo and get an opportunity with the Bills, my Twitter, my Instagram, my Facebook's been blowing up with all the support, all the love," Lee said. "Appreciate everyone in Buffalo, all the community service work I've been doing, everybody's been coming together and showing me a lot of love and a lot of respect for this opportunity and I'm grateful for that."
"Some benefits are I get to go back to playing a three-technique and it's great to get out here and learn from some of the older guys like Mario," Way said. "I got to talk to him a little bit before we got into this camp, take some pointers and get ready to go."