Bills Open Training Camp Following Early Setbacks

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Buffalo Bills Logo.BUFFALO — After a series of coronavirus pandemic-related setbacks, the Buffalo Bills are moving forward with their official start to training camp.All 80 players have reported for camp, according to general manager Brandon Beane, and veterans began acclimating to their new environment at the team’s Orchard Park facilities on Saturday.Beane and coach Sean McDermott spoke Sunday on a Zoom conference call for the first time since camp activities began.“We’ve got to be smart,” McDermott said. “It’s important that we onboard these players and staff in the right way with a methodical approach. … There’s a lot of planning, and we’ve got to be razor-sharp on that end.” It’s been a bumpy road to this point, with the Bills experiencing several hiccups along the way.The Bills sent their rookies home on Thursday after five players tested positive for the coronavirus, electing to conduct virtual meetings instead as an additional precaution.Two players — starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and cornerback E.J. Gaines — have opted out of the upcoming season; Beane announced on Sunday that Gaines opted out because of family reasons. Right guard Jon Feliciano, who was one of Buffalo’s best offensive linemen in 2019, recently underwent surgery for a torn pectoral muscle and is out indefinitely.Beane and McDermott have taken a methodical, step-by-step approach ever since arriving in Buffalo four years ago. That has resulted in two trips to the playoffs and has Buffalo hoping to dethrone New England in the AFC East following Tom Brady’s departure to Tampa Bay.They hope that approach also proves beneficial in these uncertain, unprecedented times.“We were just trying to be smart and make sure we had our arms around it,” Beane said of the decision to send rookies home. “This is something that we’re learning everyday as you see across the country and we’re no different. And we’re just trying to keep it (contained) …“And there may be more days where we say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a couple guys popped up, they’ve been around another 15-20 guys. Let’s just send everybody home, let another round of tests come in and make sure we’re good.’ Because we’re trying to take the long view, similar to how we’re trying to build this team. As much as we want to be out there every day, we’d rather lose one day or two days than lose 10-14, half our team or anything like that.”“I just know that there’s no playbook for this out there,” McDermott said. “I can’t stress that enough. When we did send the rookies home the other day, I received multiple calls, as did Brandon, from multiple people around the league. … We want to be smart. We want to be responsible and as I try and communicate to our players and our staff, safety is always No. 1.”One positive for the Bills did come on Saturday when receiver Stefon Diggs arrived at the team’s facilities for the first time. The Bills acquired Diggs in a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Vikings earlier this offseason.“It’s good to see Stefon,” McDermott said. “We saw him yesterday a little bit with the physical. I didn’t get much time to spend with him but it is good to see him, good to meet him in person and for him to meet his teammates in person and just be around each other.”Buffalo also took additional steps on Sunday to boost the positions affected by their two opt-outs.The Bills signed cornerback Akeem King and defensive tackle Niles Scott. King has played in 34 games and entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2015. Scott has played in six games and entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2018.last_img read more

Low stock levels push up prices in Gordon Park

first_imgThe home at 13 Barron St, Gordon Park.LOW stock levels are pushing up home prices in Gordon Park with a four-bedroom house on an average block recently selling under the hammer for $915,000.The two-level Queenslander on 405sq m at 13 Barron St, Gordon Park sold to a young professional couple at auction on August 26 after three bidders actively competed for the property.The bidding stalled in the mid $800,000s, then off-floor negotiations saw the price rise to $880,000 before the home eventually sold at its reserve.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Inside 13 Barron St, Gordon Park.Selling agent Garry Jones of McGrath Estate Agents Wilston said the buyers, who were renting locally, were attracted to the property because of the dual living layout and seamless living, kitchen and deck areas.Mr Jones said the fully renovated home attracted 68 inspections during the campaign.“I genuinely think continuing lower stock levels has bolstered prices in the suburb,” he said.“I think the realisation of convenience in Gordon Park is becoming broadly acknowledged and that’s really adding to the interest levels.”Mr Jones said the entry level market in the suburb was very competitive among buyers.last_img read more

Wellington opens with 27-13 smashing of Augusta

first_imgFumble lost2-15-4 Rushing: Orioles – Conner Hurst 4-49, D. McEachern 10-43, Chaydon Carter 2-13, Raef Hilt 12-8, Wellington Dunn 30-133, Hines 6-9, Beard 2-4 Nance 4-2, Team: 2(-2).Passing: Orioles McEachern 10-19-0-86. Wellington: Nance 17-23-0-280.Receiving: Augusta: Howerton 4-34, Hurst 2-41, Reynolds 1-6, Jackson 1-0. Wellington: C. Reichenberger 8-154, Phelps 6-56, Dunn 3-70.Follow us on Twitter. Augusta070613 Fumbles return -yards2-182-27 AugustaRaef Hilt 2 run (Albright kick blocked) Well.Dunn 4 run (Reichenberger kick) Well.-Reichenberger 6 pass from Nance (Reichenberger kick) AugustaWellington Well.Reichenberger 74 pass from Nance (Reichenberger kick failed) Wellington 27 Augusta 13 First Down922 AugustaD. McEachern 2 run (M Albright kick) Passing86208 Penalties- yards6-535-31 Rushing yards28-11344-146 Total offense47-19967-426 Austin Dunn accumulates 133 yards and scores this touchdown near the end of the second quarter. (Photo by Eric Rinehart)by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Statistically speaking it should have been a rout. Wellington accumulated 426 yards in total offense to Augusta’s 199 for more than a 2 to 1 margin. But then there were those pesky turnovers.The Wellington football team would beat Augusta 27-13 Friday evening in the season opener. The Crusaders will see better opponents this season than Augusta, so this may have been a good time to commit five turnovers – four of them recovered by the opponents.While Wellington head coach Tyler Ryan said fans should not expect to see the same numbers quarterback Trevor Nance and receiver Colin Reichenberger would combine for compared to 2013, they still had quite a few.Nance would throw for 280 yards, 154 of those to Reichenberger. Austin Dunn would be the workhorse for the Crusaders gaining 133 yards on 30 carries including the bulk of the yards late when Wellington was in need of winding down the clock to victory.The Crusaders never trailed in this ball game and Augusta never made a significant run. But the Orioles never went away either.Wellington opened the game with a 8-play 80 yard drive that was culminated with a 6-yard touchdown throw from Nance to Reichenberger.After the two teams exchanged punts, Augusta attempted and missed a field goal deep in Wellington territory. After Dunn ran up the middle for 6 yards, Reichenberger got a dump off pass in the flat and outran his two receivers for a 74 yard touchdown to give the Crusaders a 13-0 lead.Wellington would commit two turnovers – one off a punt and then one on a sack. The defense, who kept the Augusta offense rattled all night, held the Orioles the first time, but not the second.Augusta scored on a Dustyn McEachern 1 yard plunge to put the Orioles on the board 13-7.Remington Gilkey makes this unassisted tackle on Raef Hilt in the second quarter (Photo by Eric Rinehart)Wellington responded with a 65-yard drive that was capped by a Dunn 4-yard touchdown run with 58 seconds in the first half. The PAT made it Wellington 20-7.The defense again held Augusta to start the second half and then a big Reichenberger punt return put the Crusaders in business at the Oriole 31.Nance would rush 10 yards on a 4th and 9 to give the Crusaders a first down at the 20. But that was negated with another fumble.Augusta moved the ball upfield but was forced to punt and Wellington quickly got back into enemy territory on a screen pass from Nance to Dunn. The Crusaders moved in front by two touchdowns three plays later when Nance rolled out and threw a 27-yard zinger to Reichenberger at 2:16 in the third to make it 27-7.The Crusaders would have one last fumble in them in the fourth quarter that would thwart what should have been a nail-shutting touchdown drive. Instead, it was Augusta doing the touchdown drive that was capped by a Raef Hilt 4-yard touchdown run at the 5:45 mark.Wellington would recover the ensuing onside kick and the Crusaders would drive out the clock, eventually taking a knee deep inside the Augusta 10. Wellington7137027 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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