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Training Camp Gets Underway

Sunday July 30, 2017

Day 4 Camp Notes: The Bills started giving some veterans rest on day 4 of camp with a day off tomorrow. Charles Clay sat out completely as he continues to get maintenance days for his knee issues. LeSean McCoy sat out a few first team reps as did Lorenzo Alexander. Tanner Vallejo got some 2nd team reps over Gerald Hodges at weakside linebacker and then got first team reps for Alexander on the strongside. This is a bit of a surprise as the 6th round pick seems to be ahead of the 5th rounder Matt Milano.

Frazier Presser: Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier addressed the media before this morning's practice. He said that Marcell Dareus will be held out of practice one more day as a precaution but his hamstring injury isn't something to be concerned about. Ronald Darby will be on the field on a limited basis with the left ankle tweak he suffered yesterday. On Ramon Humber he says they are going to see how he does with the first team admitting he hasn't done that in his career. He also said that they will rely on Kevon Seymour to play both outside and the nickel it seems like he will be the first backup at both spots but he is battling Leonard Johnson for the starting nickel spot. Tre'Davious White has been impressing Frazier throughout the offseason.

Saturday July 29, 2017

Day 3 Camp Notes: The Bills hit the practice field for the first of many 8:45am practices this morning. It was also the first one in pads. One player not in pads was Marcell Dareus who tweaked a hamstring in practice yesterday and was riding the bike for most of practice. He did take part in a few individual drills but without pads on so it doesn't appear serious. Adolphus Washington took his spot with the 1s. Sean McDermott said before practice he has been encouraged with the shape he has been in and has had a great approach. The coach also said that they will manage LeSean McCoy's reps in camp and will see what kind of workload he will take in the season on a week to week basis. He also said it's too early to talk about the roles of the backup backs. Ronald Darby limped off early in practice with a left ankle injury and did not return. He is considered day to day. Kevon Seymour took his place while Leonard Johnson remained the main nickel man. Brandon Tate also came off with trainers and is day to day with a calf injury. The coach said Nate Peterman has made some phenomonal throws and they are just mixing him in with the 2s a bit. On the field according to media tweets, T.J. Yates continued with his long ball success early in camp finding Rod Streater who beat Johnson. He has been impressive early in camp. Jordan Mills continues to struggle trying to keep his right tackle job as he got beat by Lorenzo Alexander for a "sack". There was a bit of a scare when Shaq Lawson came up slow after a rep and came off for a few plays talking to trainers but he seems ok. Injury Page.

Friday July 28, 2017

Camp Day 2 Notes: The Bills went through their second practice of training camp this afternoon. According to media reports and tweets from St. Johns Fisher College the team did some punt drills with Walter Powell and Brandon Tate rotating on returns. Jerel Worthy and Seantrel Henderson were full go after both left practice for a bit yesterday. The QBs struggled a bit according to reports but Sammy Watkins had a nice one handed catch while T.J. Yates hit a couple of long passes to Brandon Reilly and Powell. Nate Peterman dropped a snap for the 2nd day in a row. The team lined up the same first and second teams they did yesterday and as it is on our depth chart. The rookies will have to battle their way to playing with the ones although Peterman got a few reps with the 2s at the end of practice. Colton Schmidt, who is coming off a subpar season, drilled a 62 yard punt. Joe Buscaglia observed that John Miller had a fantastic day, he is battled Vlad Ducasse for the starting job at right guard. Shaq Lawson had three would be sacks if the QBs could get hit. He beat rookie Dion Dawkins cleanly for one of them. Injury Page.

Thursday July 27, 2017

Taylor Presser: Tyrod Taylor said having Sammy Watkins out there was a confidence booster for him and Sammy. He is excited to see what type of year he has. To get where they need to go they need to get consistent. They need to go out there and put good plays on film. Coverage will dictate where the ball goes and Sammy does a good job of getting open. On Cardale Jones he feels things will be good for him out with Anthony Lynn and he wishes him the best as he is a good friend of his. Some things have changes since he last worked with Rick Dennison but it's easy for him to pick those things up. Some things have also remained the same from when he worked with him. His job is to get the ball out quickly. Everyone is ready to get on the field and has a positive attitude. As a team they are just eager to show each other what they can do and get better each day.

Watkins Ready To Go: Sammy Watkins addressed the media after practice and said his foot is fine and he doesn't want to hear anymore about it. He said there is no ill will towards the team for not picking up the 5th year option. He said it's a business and he wants to earn a new contract. He said he loves Buffalo and wants to be here his whole career. He told the media he is doing everything different in order to stay healthy this season. He said he blocked out the foot pain after the second surgery and it is now healed, he is just trying to get back on the same page as Tyrod Taylor now. The two worked out together earlier this month. He said the contract isn't motivation, he is self motivated.

Practice Notes: The team finally hit the practice field for the first time in training camp this evening. It was an up tempo workout with players running from drill to drill. Here are some notes according to tweets compiled by the media, Seantrel Henderson was shaken up and left with trainers during the practice but returned and took some first team reps at left tackle. No real surprises with where people lined up. Tyrod Taylor was followed by T.J. Yates and then Nate Peterman. Jordan Mills took the first team reps at right tackle while Preston Brown took the first snaps at middle linebacker next to Ramon Humber and Lorenzo Alexander. Sammy Watkins and Cordy Glenn are healthy and taking their reps with the first team. Andre Holmes was on the other side of Watkins with the ones and dropped two balls. Brandon Tate was with Zay Jones and the 2s at WR. Vlad Ducasse continued to get first team reps at right guard. Jerel Worthy left practice before it was over pointing to his stomach.

Beane Presser: Brandon Beane spoke after McDermott and said the trade of Cardale Jones was a win win for the team and for the player. He doesn't feel they need four QBs the way camp is run these days without two a days. He says he's a great young man and they wish him the best of luck. He is planning on going with three at this time. He was asked about Colin Kapernick but dismissed it saying he likes the QBs they have and they haven't looked into him. He called the visit with Anquan Boldin a great visit and he is the type of man and football player that they like. He is considering his options at this time. He loves training camp saying it's exciting to see real football. He loves going away and says it's a real bonding time where he will get to know the players better. He loves the close proximity of everything here at St. Johns Fisher. This setup is great to get the harmony started towards getting everything to gel in the future with a roster of a lot of turnover. On Dave Gettlman being let go in Carolina he said he felt bad for him and exchanged texts with him but he didn't really think about what if he didn't leave Carolina. He felt Aldophus Washington handled the situation right by contacting the team right away. He wants to keep the conversation with him private and Washington understands the situation and they will move forward. Every situation is unique and they will do the right thing in all discipline situations as every story has its own set of facts and they feel good with how they are handling it. He is focused on the now but the college scouts will be looking at future quarterbacks. It won't effect how he watches Tyrod Taylor. He's excited to have two number one picks next year as draft picks are gold. They can use them in a few different years. On Nate Peterman he feels he was an impressive kid in Pittsburgh who has all the intangibles. He has done a great job so far but they understand the learning curve. On the option not being picked up on Sammy Watkins, he immediately let everyone know he wasn't here for that decision but said contracts get done when they are meant to get done.

McDermott Presser: Sean McDermott held a press conference this afternoon 90 minutes before the Bills were to hit the practice field for the first time this summer. He started off by thanking everyone involved in preparing for camp from St. Johns Fisher to the Bills organization. He feels it's good to connect with the fans in the Rochester area. He believes in going away for training camp, the Bills are only one of 12 teams that still do that. They will develop togetherness and toughness. He spoke about Colt Anderson being week to week with his foot sprain and he is on PUP. Sammy Watkins and Cordy Glenn are on schedule, they will manage their reps going foward but they are ready to go. They put together a rep count for Watkins that they will build up and sometimes come down a bit based on the plan that they will be flexible with. They have a lot of work to do but they are getting ready to compete and there will be competition at every position. They will focus on the process and focusing on themselves. On the trading of Cardale Jones, he said he's a good football player but they feel the trade allows them to give more reps to evaluate the other quarterbacks. This also gives Cardale a chance to get with a coach that he knows and an offense he's likely familiar with. He is confident in the QBs they have in camp but it will allow Nate Peterman more opportunities. If they do the right things and focus on the fundamentals the results will be there. They need to focus on not beating themselves and being disciplined. On Anquan Boldin, they had a nice visit with him and they will always look to add good football players but they are confident with what they have at the position. They had a good visit with Boldin but these things take time on both sides for a decision to be reached. On Aldophus Washington he was concerned but thankful nobody got hurt. He and Brandon Beane met with him to get the full story. Washington has been forthcoming with them about it but he won't go into details because it's a legal matter. He admitted to being disappointed. They have added people at the player, coaches, and front office level that has helped the culture and they will continue to look to improve the mindset to gain confidence and earn the right to win in practice. There are a lot of good people in the organization and he's excited to get started and his heart is going to be beating a bit harder. On Dion Dawkins they will look at him on both sides with Glenn back at left tackle he will start getting work at right tackle. He said they will focus on fundamentals until they are blue in the face. The nuts and bolts of the camp schedule is based on what they did in Carolina with some changes. They will get their work in. He knows that the national media isn't optimistic about the team but they will just focus on their work. On the 17 year drought, he said he has to own it since it is a part of the team. He is focused in on how to move the organization forward and give the fans what they are looking for. He can't wait for the day to come where the fans are on fire like they were when he was growing up.

Camp Opens: It is finally here. The Bills are opening training camp with a 5:30pm practice today. Beforehand, both Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane will address the media. There will be a lot of position battles to watch in camp especially at two of the linebacker spots and the right side of the offensive line as well as wide receiver. The Bills have an open roster spot after trading away Cardale Jones yesterday. We will be here all training camp with updates!

Wednesday July 26, 2017

Jones Traded: The Bills have traded Cardale Jones to the Chargers for a conditional draft pick. Adam Schefter reports that it was for a 7th round pick. Albert Breer reports that pick is in either 2018 or 2019. The move ends any controversy for the third quarterback spot and basically guarantees Nathaniel Peterman the third QB spot. Jones was drafted in the 4th round last year and the team gets only a 7th rounder in return. It's still worth it after the team reached to draft him that far up. A 7th rounder is better than nothing and that is what they would have received if they released him as expected at the end of camp. Jones is reunited with Anthony Lynn who gave him playing time in the finale last year as the interim head coach of the Bills.

Anderson On PUP: The players have arrived at St. Johns Fisher College to being training camp. The first practice is tomorrow evening at 5:30pm. The players are undergoing physicals and one player did not pass. Colt Anderson will start training camp on the Active/PUP list because of a foot injury. He can come off the list as soon as he is able to pass a physical.

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Rambo Is Back: The Bills made a few roster moves a day before players start reporting for training camp. The team has brought back safety Bacarri Rambo who was with the team two years ago and brings much needed depth to the safety position. They also signed linebacker Sam Barrington and guard Karim Barton. Rambo played with Miami last year after being with the Bills in 2014 and 2015. Barrington is looking to add to the special teams and depth to the linebacking corps. He is a former 7th round draft pick of the Packers and split last year between the Chiefs and Saints. Barton spent time on the practice squads of the Browns, Titans, and Texans and will try to breakthrough a very crowded interior offensive line spot. The team had one open spot on the 90 man roster so they had to get rid of two players. LB Anthony Harrell was released and C Patrick Lewis was waived/injured. Depth Chart.

Monday July 24, 2017

Boldin, Others Visit: Anquan Boldin completed his much anticipated visit to One Bills Drive. Sal Capaccio reports no deal has been struck but the door is open. Ian Rapaport reports that the team also brought in three defensive players for a look including former Bill Leger Douzable. He was a solid vet backup in Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense last year. Also visiting were fellow defensive linemen Roy Miller and Devon Still.

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