Buffalo Bills Announce 2013 Preseason Schedule
By Stan Chrapowicki
Are you ready for some preseason football?
According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, the release date for the league’s 2013 regular-season schedule is still unknown, but the Buffalo Bills have announced their preseason slate.
Dates and times are still not exact, but the opponents are official.
In their preseason opener, the Bills will visit Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts between Aug. 8-11. Buffalo lost at Indianapolis, 20-13, in Week 12 last year. Sometime between Aug. 15-19, the Bills will host Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings in their second preseason game. Buffalo fell, 36-14, at Minnesota in a 2012 exhibition game.
The Bills will then visit Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins between Aug. 22-25. Buffalo lost its preseason opener, 7-6, to Washington last year. And on either Aug. 29 or 30, the Bills will host the Detroit Lions in their preseason finale with Matthew Stafford and Calvin (Megatron) Johnson sure to be on the sidelines.
As for the 2013 schedule, according to a tweet from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, that slate is now coming “in the next week or two.” With the NFL draft just days away, that prediction appears to makes sense.
In other Bills news, Buffalo has claimed linebacker Marcus Dowtin off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. An undrafted free agent out of North Alabama, Dowtin appeared in three games for the New York Jets in 2012 after being elevated from their practice squad on Oct. 17.
After the Philadelphia Eagles signed Dowtin to a reserve-future contract last New Year’s Eve, the team released him on April 11. Dowtin, 23, will be reunited with new Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who coached the linebacker when both were with Gang Green.
Also, wide receiver David Nelson, who had spent the past three seasons in Buffalo, has signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns. Nelson, 26, was signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He suffered a season-ending torn knee ligament in last year’s opener against the New York Jets.
Nelson is best known for catching a touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys in a November 2011 game and giving the ball to his girlfriend, Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Kelsi Reich, after the two shared a post-TD hug.
That 2011 season ended up being the best campaign of Nelson’s brief career so far. He was second on the Bills in catches (61) and receiving yards and he also had five touchdowns. In 32 career games (17 starts) with Buffalo, he made 94 catches for 1,042 yards and eight TDs.
Nelson’s departure thins Buffalo’s depth at wide receiver. The Bills currently list Stevie Johnson, Brad Smith and Kevin Elliott at the position on their depth chart. Elliott, 24, who was signed by Buffalo on Dec. 18 after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars three days earlier, has 10 career catches for 108 yards in 13 NFL games (one start).