Week one of OTAs came to a close Wednesday with Bills head coach Dick Jauron generally pleased with the progress made by his team over the first three days of on-field work.
“All in all it’s gone well,” said Jauron. “We’ve got almost everybody here or everybody. It depends on the day so the turnout has been terrific and the effort has been great and we’re making advances.”
The defense has had a few highlights through the first few days, but turned in more on Wednesday than any other day this week.
Right now Corner has been the first team’s nickel cornerback with
Florence pulled in his first interception in the end zone on a pass intended for
Offensively it was another good day for the receiving corps.
Terrell Owens didn’t see as many passes come his way, but made two impressive looking plays. The veteran wideout looked like he was shot out of a cannon coming across the deep middle. He pulled in the pass from Edwards in stride and likely would have reached the end zone thereafter as he quickly outdistanced the defenders in pursuit.
His prettiest catch came on a quick slant when he snared a pass behind out of the air showing his wide catch radius without breaking stride and turned upfield.
In an effort to get more in tune with Owens, Edwards has also made a point of talking with him after the first team offense completes a series and the second team is running plays.
“It’s my job to get the ball to him, and my job over these next 15 practices is to get comfortable with him,” said Edwards. “We still have a long way to go. I was comfortable communicating what I want and I hope he’s comfortable with communicating what he wants, too. We’re moving along that direction. It’s all new to him, he hasn’t really been here and some of this is still new to me, too, so I’m kind of learning and we need to do a good job getting on the same page.”
Youboty still on the shelf
“He’s getting better and better all the time,” Jauron said. “We just want to make sure that he’s ready for training camp at the start. Through this period we’ll jut see how it goes. He’s been headed in the right direction now for a number of weeks and we’re happy about that.”
Stroud not present
“It was planned,” Jauron said. “We want to make sure that we don’t overdo it for a player like that and a very experienced player in the league. He was on for the second day and off and we’ll probably go through the whole thing like that."
Shawn Nelson has seen most of his work with the second and third units.
In and out
Not participating Wednesday were
Back at practice Wednesday after missing Tuesday’s voluntary workout were Roscoe Parrish and Donte Whitner.
The players do not return to the field until next Tuesday following the Memorial day weekend. They have an afternoon practice scheduled for 2:15 pm.