Day one of OTAs had a solid tempo throughout leaving Bills head coach Chan Gailey pleased with the work rate of his players as they got spring practices underway Tuesday.
“A lot of energy. A lot of quickness,” said Gailey. “We felt bigger on the field and it felt bigger on the field. It felt quick on the field. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but initial observations were good.”
With respect to bigger, Gailey was indirectly referring to a couple of their new offensive linemen like second-round pick
“I am just trying to roll off the ball that is the most important thing to a defensive lineman when you get off the ball,” Williams said. “So basically just trying to get a feel and get back to the fundamentals of getting off the ball.”
Williams spent Day 1 of OTAs at left defensive end, but did flip over to the right side during some walk through work early in practice.
With the defense switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 there was a host of position changes.
Sidelined on rehab assignment Tuesday were
Merriman was absent due to a doctor’s visit for final clearance coming off of Achilles surgery.
"I've really kind of I guess gone to another level I guess with my training the last couple three weeks or so," said Williams. "I go from running to light change of directions, and the last couple of weeks really been doing some hard change direction stuff. It felt good. We kind of talked about it this morning, did some individual, felt really good and hopefully we're on an uphill climb."
With Erik Pears sidelined coming off hernia surgery the starting right tackle spot was filled by second-year man
The starting cornerbacks were rotated.
Gilmore also saw a lot of time at right cornerback with the second unit opposite
Chris Kelsay got the starting nod at right defensive end with Mario Williams on the other side.
As far as head coach Chan Gailey is concerned he’s got a host of veterans that are all starters at end in his mind.
“There’s going to be a three or four-man rotation in that group,” Gailey said. “Hopefully everybody stays healthy and we get a great rotation going there. In my mind they’re almost all starters.”
With Kyle Williams not participating in any team work coming off of Achilles surgery Dwan Edwards stepped in as a starting defensive tackle alongside
Stevie Johnson’s absence led to a large number of reps for third-round pick
To see highlights go to the Bills Roundup video found in the Media Center on Buffalobills.com.
The Bills have Wednesday off before returning to the field for an afternoon workout at 12:35 pm on Thursday.