Bills' McDermott wants to find out more about the NFL's new National Anthem policy

May 24, 2018

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - The Bills were on the field Thursday for Day 3 of OTA’s. Head coach Sean McDermott spoke to the media before the team practiced and touched on the NFL’s new rule for the National Anthem. Players are not allowed to kneel, but can stay in the locker-room if they want. McDermott said, “I have had brief conversations with Kim, but at this point, those conversations are very early, so wanting to fully understand all of it, that’s really where we are right now.”

The Bills had conversations with their players in October when the kneeling controversy started. McDermott said, “You’ve seen how we handled last year’s situation and that we felt worked well in giving our players the respect of the conversation and some ownership there, so I anticipate that at some point.”

This is the first time we’ve had a chance to talk to McDermott since Richie Incognito was released from the Reserve/Retired list. The head coach said, “I wish Richie well and appreciate all he did for this organization.

“Richie informed us several weeks ago that he wanted to retire, then following that a couple of weeks later, he wanted to unretired, so we granted him a request and we’re moving on.”

McDermott is pleased because players don’t have to be here for OTA’s, be he said they pretty much have had full participation, “I can’t say enough about how much of a team effort that is.

“These guys are as focused of a group as I have seen at this time of year and as hard of a working group of guys that I’ve been around to this point in my career.”

Josh Allen is back on the field with Nate Peterman and AJ McCarron. McDermott has liked what he’s seen from the three so far, “They’re all playing at a high level and Josh is taking reps as I said he would with the threes and AJ and Nate are splitting reps with the ones and all of them have had their moments to this point.”

Coming in from college, this is a transition for Allen. McDermott said, “Being with AJ and Nate, that’s a good room to be in terms of the varying levels of experience, the different personalities and the thing you’ll find about Josh is, he’s really one of the guys and he embraces that.”

LeSean McCoy wasn’t feeling well, so he only took part in some of practice.