ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- For the third time this offseason, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan canceled a voluntary practice in favor of some fun, taking his team to a local Airsoft range Thursday.
"Man, it was competitive," running back Anthony Dixon said at teammate LeSean McCoy's charity softball game Saturday evening. "You had the coaches in there getting back at the players for making [mental errors] on the field and you had the players in there getting at the coaches being so tough sometimes. It was all fun, you know?"
Ryan took the Bills bowling in May instead of their final voluntary team workout and used an organized team activity slot to bring his entire squad to Jim Kelly's charity golf tournament earlier this month.
"He might be the best yet, depending on how many carries he gives me this year," Dixon said, laughing. "Nah, I'm just kidding. But I love him. He got the excitement. He keep us going. He keep us guessing. It's fun."
Each team is allowed 10 organized team activities, so the Bills attending Kelly's tournament and the Airsoft range means the Bills held eight actual OTA practices.
It's the second consecutive offseason in which the Bills have canceled a practice for Airsoft. Coach Doug Marrone took his team to an Airsoft range in Tonawanda, New York, in place of his one organized team activity last June.
"We did the same thing last year," Dixon said. "They pretty much come up with the ideas. I'm pretty much one of the guys that's always down. I'll do whatever."
Dixon was among about a dozen Bills players who attended McCoy's softball game Saturday at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York. Ryan, who arrived wearing baseball pants and batting gloves, participated in the home run derby.
"I'm gonna make a guarantee," Ryan said before the event, which raised money for ALS research, "that I don't hit one out."