The Carolina Panthers will host the Buffalo Bills for joint practices in August before their preseason matchup.
The practices will take place on August 13-14, before their preseason game on August 16 at Bank of America Stadium. Both practices will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will take place at the Panthers' summer headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Carolina will begin their training camp on July 25, and they will feature a fan fest on August 2.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott worked under Ron Rivera, and their general manager Brandon Beane spent 19 years with the Panthers' organization. There are ties that make sense, and it'll make for a competitive, fun environment.
Ron Rivera is excited about the opportunity, and said they had success holding joint practices with the Miami Dolphins in 2015.
“It’s an opportunity for us to get some quality work done,” Rivera said. “We’ve done it before and had good success. They are high intensity workouts and we can control the whistle and control the environment for our players, particularly our quarterback. We’re also giving our guys different looks against different people. There is a little bit more of a challenge, especially for the quarterbacks. I’m pretty excited about that.”