The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that they will conduct two practices this offseason with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Teams practicing with and scrimmaging against each other are a common thing in the NFL, but the Bills are hoping to gain something specific from their experience with the Steelers.
“I already know it’ll raise the level of play,” Brandon Spikes told Buffalobills.com. “It’s going to be very, very competitive and I embrace those types of deals. We’ll take advantage of the opportunity and get to see a good offense and good defense – they’ll give us a good look so we can get better.”
Combined practices are a method that coaches use to raise the competition level of their practices. Bills head coach Doug Marrone says he expects the experience to be beneficial for both sides.
“We are looking for certain things, and things that coach Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers bring to the table that would help us,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “I think there are things we can do that help them prepare for the season.”
The Bills and Steelers have scheduled their joint practices for Aug. 13 from 3 pm -5 pm and Aug. 14 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm and will be held at Saint Vincent College.
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