Quick Hits: Knee surgery for Zay, Benjamin full go

Posted May 24, 2018

Head coach Sean McDermott shared the news that Zay Jones spring activities are over after undergoing knee surgery for an ongoing issue.

1 – Knee surgery for Zay, Benjamin full go
It’s going to be an interesting spring for the wide receiving corps, but all the on-field activities from now until mid-June will not include second-year receiver Zay Jones.

“Zay Jones had surgery last week on his knee and will be out the remainder of this spring,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “I don’t have a timetable at this point other than it was best to get this done now. He had a bit of an ongoing deal as he was rehabbing the knee.”

McDermott said at this point no part of his 2018 season appears to be in jeopardy. Jones was already recovering from offseason shoulder surgery for a torn labrum.

On the positive side of the ledger for the wide receiver contingent, Kelvin Benjamin is fully healthy and is performing well in OTA practices.

“He’s doing a good job. He is practicing fully and he’s off to a good start,” said McDermott. “Credit to Kelvin. He has approached this offseason head on and our training staff in terms of strength and conditioning and our medical staff, there have been a lot of people involved in getting him back to where he was many months ago. There’s still work to do as we move forward.”

2 – McCarron, Peterman splitting first team reps
In at least this first week of OTAs, the three-way quarterback competition has a defined rotation among the three candidates in Nathan Peterman, AJ McCarron and Josh Allen.

“Josh is taking reps with the threes and Nate and AJ are splitting their reps with the ones,” said McDermott. “All three have had their moments thus far in this offseason. We look forward to seeing them continue to grow and continue to embrace that growth mindset.”

In addition to making the all-important decision on who their starting quarterback will be later this summer, McDermott and new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll have the added task of effectively installing the new offensive system.

McDermott has made it clear that getting that accomplished is something that has to happen at its own pace.

“Certainly, there is a new offensive system going in,” said McDermott. “So we’re at a different stage there in our growth cycle. The biggest thing offensively is to build a strong foundation and not try to match what the defense is doing in terms of where they are. We have to build a good foundation at the right pace.

“Quarterback is no different in terms of Josh’s growth and where he is right now. He has to establish a strong foundation. The same goes for Nate and AJ.”

3 – Nearly full participation in voluntary practices
Though the OTA practices are voluntary over the next few weeks, the Bills team attendance has been very close to 100 percent thus far. That commitment from the team has earned high praise from Buffalo’s head coach.

“We’ve been right around full participation, which is phenomenal this time of year,” said McDermott. “I can’t say how much of a team effort that is from around the building and the players. To get here and stay here and put in the work. This is as focused a group as I have seen this time of year. It’s as hard working a group of guys I’ve been around up until this point in my career.”