BATON ROUGE -- Former LSU all-American Kyle Williams got his first taste of the NFL last weekend as the Ruston native took part in a mini-camp with the Buffalo Bills at the team's practice facility in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Williams spent three days on the practice field with the Bills, getting acclimated to a new team, new teammates and a new coaching staff. Williams said the team went through two practices each day, which were capped by meetings each night.
"You can definitely tell that this is a business and that every player is fighting for a position," Williams said. "It wasn't like college where the seniors are trying to help the young guys along.
"You have guys trying to make a living and that's how they go about their business."
Williams did say that it was nice to see some friendly faces in former Tigers Josh Reed and Robert Royal. Reed, a former All-America wide receiver at LSU, just completed his fourth season with the Bills, while Royal, a tight end, is in his first year with Buffalo after spending the past four years with the Redskins.
"It was nice to see those guys (Reed and Royal) up there," Williams said. "It's a good feeling because you know that they will be there for you, answering any questions you may have or giving you advice when you need it. Those guys have been in the NFL so they know how things work and I'm just glad to know that I can turn to them when I need it."
Reed and Royal aren't the only former Tigers affiliated with the Bills as two past LSU assistant coaches and another former player are on the staff in Buffalo. Tyke Tolbert, who played at LSU from 1988-90, serves as Buffalo's wide receivers coach, Charlie Coiner is their tight ends coach and Larry Zierlein is the offensive line coach.
Williams will be coached on the defensive line by Bill Kollar, a veteran NFL coach who has more than 25 years of experience in the league.
"Coach Kollar is an effort guy," Williams said. "He wants his players to give their best effort and play all-out on each play, which is the way I approach the game."
Williams, who made a name at LSU as a hard-nosed player who gave it his all on every play, said he will return to Buffalo later this month to participate in the Organized Team Activity (OTA) followed by the NFL Rookie Symposium in late June. The team will start training camp in mid-July in Rochester, N.Y.
In the meantime, Williams will turn his attention back to being a college student as he will spend the remainder of this week taking final exams.