Photo: Sal Capaccio @SalSports

Past meets future at Bills Rookie Camp

Jim Kelly visits with new QB Josh Allen

May 11, 2018 - 2:40 pm
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Orchard Park, N.Y. (WBEN) - The past meets the future at One Bills Drive Friday as the Buffalo Bills players reported for Rookie Camp.   Bills legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was spotted by WGR Bills beat reporter Sal Capaccio visiting with newly acquired 1st round draft pick Josh Allen in the Field House.

Allen said he was "shaking" while standing beside Kelly in a meeting of Bills quarterbacks past and present.

Allen says he hopes to one day have his name included in the same sentence with Kelly, who guided the Bills to four consecutive AFC championships in the early 1990s.

The Bills traded up five spots to select the Wyoming quarterback with the No. 7 pick two weeks ago.

Kelly made a surprise visit for the start of two-day rookie minicamp some six weeks after his latest operation to have cancer removed from his jaw.

Kelly walked with a cane and had difficulty speaking. He raised his right thumb while he and Allen posed for pictures. Said Kelly: "It's the best thing I can do: Thumbs up."

Meanwhile, more affirmation the Bills are keeping their training camp at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says Friday he's been assured by the NFL team there are no plans to make a change. The Bills have four years left on the current agreement.

Questions were raised over the future of the camp's location since the resignation of team president Russ Brandon this month. Brandon attended St. John Fisher and brought the Bills camp there from Fredonia in 2000 in a move to expand the fan base.

Last week we reported Bills President Kim Pegula calls the Rochester area an important market for the team. Preparations are already underway for camp at St. John Fisher this summer.

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