1. Defense brimming with confidence
It seemed like a night when everything was going right for the defense. Whether it was stuffing run plays, batting passes out of the air or wreaking havoc on each of Buffalo’s four quarterbacks, Jim Schwartz’s unit was bringing it big time.
The highlight of their evening came in an 11-on-11 segment when they registered eight sacks in a span of 17 plays from scrimmage. Sacks are recorded based on officials blowing the play dead when a defensive player taps out the quarterback before the ball is thrown.
Among those turning in sacks were
“Coach Schwartz is telling us to pin our ears back and just get after the offense and whoever has the ball,” said Hughes. “When you have all 11 guys flying around to the ball like we’re doing it’s fun.”
“We’re just doing a good job of playing defense and being one. We’re all flying to the ball,” Bradham said. “We’re all covering and have great coverage. Guys up front are doing great pass rush and the linebackers are just making plays. So anytime you get your defense clicking on all cylinders like that… we’re going to be solid. I feel like it’s going to be a good year for us.”
2. Offense looking to rebound
“We’re putting a lot in and we have some individual breakdowns right now where we might have ten guys doing the right thing and one guy not,” said
“It’s early in camp and you can’t get flustered,” said
3. Running back rotation
To no one’s surprise C.J. Spiller was first in the rotation during the team segments of practice. Spiller was followed in the rotation by Anthony “Booby” Dixon. Dixon has had a strong first week of camp practices proving to be far more nimble than some might’ve expected. He also put his power on display Saturday night when during a four-minute drill he took a carry into the secondary and pounded on a pair of defensive backs who tried to work together to slow him down without much success.
“Yeah, I got a chance to get a lot of work in. With Fred being down it was just an opportunity to get more plays and get a better feel for the offense,” he said. “I think every rep matters, every rep counts. The more times you get in, the more times you get a feel for the offense and I think that’s important going into the season.”
4. Easley easily inspired
A couple of his better receptions came in 11-on-11. One he expertly shielded a defender from the ball to make a catch in traffic on a throw from
“Everyone knows my physical intangibles with me being a bigger bodied receiver. I’m just trying to provide another target for EJ and the other quarterbacks,” Easley told Buffalobills.com. “We’ve got Sammy, Rob (Woods) and speed as well and I’m just trying to factor in as a big-bodied receiver.”
Easley may have also been inspired by the presence of his former college head coach Randy Edsall at training camp practice Saturday.
“I got to talk to him earlier and tried to show him how much I’ve improved since my UCONN days,” Easley said.