Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/10/12
First impressions are often stressed as being very important, and though fans in Buffalo had become familiar with many of these names the past few years, there was a sense of newness as the team came onto the field Thursday evening. You felt a palpable jolt of excitement run through the crowd as Mario Williams trotted onto the field in full Bills uniform for the first time. You could see a focused, watchful expectation on rookies like Stephon Gilmore (who we saw too little of) and T.J. Graham (who routinely ran right past the Redskins secondary... too often for nothing). On a balmy, breezy, summer evening in Orchard Park that seemed just made for football, there was a fellowship of heightened expectation throughout the crowd, so much so that you almost didn’t notice the dark, foreboding clouds hovering closer on the horizon. Granted, the storm never really broke, but it got close enough to worry those at Ralph Wilson Stadium that something worse could happen at any time, and I can’t...
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