Other than heat, the Bills haven’t had to deal with too extreme of weather conditions. Today, the second half of practice was made a lot tougher with a pretty nasty downpour that forced me and my iPad to find shelter during the last part of camp.
The Bills kept practicing though, which is a great thing. Football is played in any weather, so getting so reps in with a wet ball can only be helpful.
Starting with the offensive line, like I predicted yesterday, Cordy Glenn took left tackle reps with the one’s and Chris Hairston was with the two’s. I do find it interesting how much stock the Bills are putting in a rookie at the most important position on the line — especially with a guy who has limited experience there. But, Glenn is hanging in there, and they must feel like they have their guy of the future. Hairston should see some more reps with the one’s, but I would be very surprised if he is the Week 1 starter.
Erik Pears is back from injury and is back at right tackle.
I didn’t see a lot of 11-on-11 because of the rain, but I saw all of 7-on-7 and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen all had good days. Fitz in particularly had a good day, hitting Donald Jones and David Nelson for catches. He also behind center during a pretty ridiculous play where he nearly completed a pass to Derek Hagan, but it was broken up by George Wilson. Hagan and Wilson jumped pretty high in the air on the deep throw and competed in mid-air for the ball that no one came down with. But, it brought a big cheer from the crowd. Hagan looked to have a leg injury after the break up, but he returned later.
On the defensive end, Arthur Moats continued to take first team reps over Kirk Morrison at strong side linebacker, but I would be surprised to see that continue. Moats looks good, but he is still a little raw and I think Morrison provides valuable leadership at that position.
Ron Brooks is becoming one of my favorites in the Bills secondary. He had another interception on Tyler Thigpen. You’ll read about this in my 53-man preview, but Brooks is a lock to make the team. He brings it every night and you can just tell that Gailey loves him.
I wasn’t there for this, but the Bills also participated in some goal line work and Chan Gailey ran running plays for the first and second team offenses. Fred Jackson had a huge day at the goal line, running for three touchdowns on three attempts. Jackson is going to have a huge year for the Bills this year.
The second team also took goal line reps too. Tashard Choice and CJ Spiller found the end zone, but Johnny White’s run and Tyler Thigpen play action pass were unsuccessful.
Sorry for the shorter report today, but I had to protect my technology! Feel free to hit me up on Twitter tomorrow @chrishooker9 for any updates regarding tomorrow’s practice.
Two practices left and then we are off and rolling with the rest of the season. Go Bills!