Day five of Buffalo Bills training camp took place this afternoon, and closed about an hour early to the public due to a thunderstorm.
Unfortunately, because of the weather, we missed out on the last hour of practice, also known as the the hour of practice where the real action takes place.
Instead, we got about a half hour of 11-on-11 action, that was mostly made up of Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller runs, and a few deep balls from Tyler Thigpen and Brad Smith. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Vince Young didn’t get enough snaps to show off their offensive abilities today.
I was able to pull together some notes from the first hour-and-a-half, however. Young and Thigpen started off participating in 2-on-1′s, while Fitzpatrick and Smith worked with special teams. Young was pretty inconsistent in his performance, completing big passes to Marcus Easley and TJ Graham. Easley is quickly becoming my pick to land the number two receiver. He just looks great. Young’s biggest problem right now is under throwing his receivers, either in terms of literally under throwing them, or hitting guys in the knees.
Thigpen’s 2-on-1 was largely uneventful, with the sole exception of a great deep pass to Donald Jones.
7-on-7 came up next and Fitzpatrick had a very good two rounds completing nine of twelve passes. Fitz and Lee are really working hard on clearing up his accuracy, as Fitz was hitting deep passes and nailing his short routes with ease. It wouldn’t be a Fitz practice, though, without a pretty terrible interception to Da’Norris Searcy. But, despite that, I thought he played well.
11-on-11’s were next and Thigpen and Smith got their chances to throw, while Fitzpatrick and Young mostly handed the ball off. Smith had the best throw of the day with a sure-TD deep pass to David Clowney. Highlights for the first team were some big runs by CJ Spiller.
While Jackson is getting the brunt of the first-team carries, Spiller is getting first team reps, too. I really don’t know what to make of this, but I do think we will be seeing a lot more of Spiller this season. The Bills also ran an interesting formation with Spiller at the running back and Jackson at wide receiver.
Cordy Glenn didn’t participate with the first-team today, instead the LT duties went to Chris Hairston. Hairston looks much better than Glenn right now, in the sense that he doesn’t get run over by Chris Kelsay, but just given Glenn’s size and potential I think that he will eventually be the starting left tackle. Glenn played some LT with the 2nd team and did a fine job, but there is a talent drop off between Dwan Edwards and Marcell Dareus.
Aaron Williams has largely been a disappointment during this camp, and while he played a little better this afternoon, he still isn’t living up to his potential. Williams is playing conservative and is getting burned by guys like Jones and Easley. Williams made a play on the ball during Fitzpatrick’s 7-on-7, but he needs to step his game up if he expects to make the starting rotation, which he is currently penciled in at. He’s taking all the first-team reps, opposite Stephon Gilmore, by the rookie is outplaying him by a mile.
Camper of the Day: Given the limited practice today, I’m giving this one to David Clowney. Guy had a huge catch today from Brad Smith and definitely deserves to be recognized. He also probably has a little bit of a relationship with Smith because the two of them played in New York together. No idea where Clowney will fit in come 53 roster time, but I’d like to see him get a few snaps.
Tomorrow night we are back it under the lights at St. John’s Fisher so be sure to check back for my report, or follow along with me live @chrishooker9
Also as a programming note Ill be appearing on a podcast tomorrow night with Joe Everett who runs Rookie Draft. We’ll be chatting about camp and the Bills future in 2012. We’ll be sure to have a link up along with tomorrow night’s report!