Football is finally back, kind of

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The long, slow 2014 offseason, made longer and slower by a less-than-compelling class of free agents, a protracted lull between the start of free agency and the draft, and the incredibly fortunate absence of murder allegedly committed by a prominent player from a prominent team is finally ending.

Technically.

The Bills report for training camp tonight, 16 days in advance of their preseason debut at Fawcett Stadium in Canton against the Giants.  Thanks to the Hall of Fame game assignment, the Bills and the Giants get the extra week or so of camp time, giving them more reps (and one more exhibition game) than the rest of the league at a time when the number and intensity of total offseason and preseason snaps has been reduced.

For a franchise that has more than five decades in Buffalo, plenty of questions relate to the short-term and long-term future.  Even if the team doesn’t move from Western New York, the impending arrival of a new owner has placed a dark cloud over the front office and coaching staff, forcing them to have the kind of season that forces a delay of the inevitable slew of changes that will happen when, for the first time in its history, the Bills will have a new boss.

Within a week or so, every other team will be in training-camp mode.  Which while still a far cry from regular-season mode will be a lot better than the vacuum that has enveloped a league that has in past years been able to boast of high interest every month, every week, and every day.