Rookie minicamp can be a daunting challenge for the newest Buffalo Bills. In essence they're coming in blind, unaware of their surroundings, unfamiliar with their teammates and coaches and completely new to their respective offensive or defensive system. It's done little however, to dampen the spirit of Buffalo's draft choices as they prepare for their first practice as professionals late Friday morning.
"I've been ready to go," said top pick C.J. Spiller, who made a pre-draft visit to One Bills Drive and then a post-draft visit a day after being taken ninth overall by Buffalo. "I like the group of guys that we have here. Everyone is ready to work hard and everyone wants to be on one page."
Buffalo's draft choices were climbing the walls the past two weeks, knowing close to half the NFL clubs have already completed their rookie minicamps.
"I was really looking forward to getting up to Buffalo as soon as I could once I got drafted," said fourth-round pick Marcus Easley. "But we had to wait until the following week."
"One of my buddies got drafted by the Packers and they had their rookie camp last week," said Bills third-round pick Alex Carrington. "I'm ready to get going."
Perhaps the biggest challenge sits in the lap of seventh-round pick Levi Brown. The quarterback from Troy will have to execute plays on the field at speed less than 24 hours after being handed the playbook. That's why he tried to get his hands on Buffalo's offensive scheme sooner than Thursday night.
"When they called me and told me they were drafting me one of the first things I asked them was if they could send me a playbook, but the coaches were not real comfortable about sending the playbook through the mail," Brown told Buffalobills.com. "I was hoping to get at least a little bit of an idea on what we're going to be doing. Still I'm incredibly excited to get started."