The rookies were told as their weekend minicamp came to a close to be prepared for the speed to pick up at practice when the veterans rolled in for the beginning of voluntary OTAs. As prepared as Buffalo’s newest class of talent was for practices this week, it’s hard to believe they were ready for the whirlwind of activity that ensued Monday morning.
If the thought their rookie minicamp moved at a brisk pace, the voluntary OTA session moved that much quicker.
“With the veterans out here it was a lot faster,” said rookie receiver Da’Rick Rogers. “I know we want to go fast, that’s our identity. So that’s what we do.”
When the team went into 11-on-11 work the pace was ratcheted up considerably. The offense was snapping the ball after just 12 to 14 seconds came off the 40-second play clock. Even though the players have been participating heavily in the offseason conditioning program there was still some huffing and puffing at times.
“When we started out about a month and a half ago, we revved up pretty good,” said
The pace wasn’t lightning quick the entire practice session. There were ebbs and flows to the tempo at which plays were run.
“We’re going to try to mix it up on defenses,” said
Bills head coach Doug Marrone said from the outset that the quarterback rotation would likely change daily until one signal caller began to take hold of the job. On Monday
All three had some quality throws during the practice session. Kolb had a pair of deep touchdown passes covering 70 and 65 yards on bombs to
Rogers, who also had an 80-yard touchdown play on a throw from Manuel simply beat his coverage on both occasions.
“They’re calling the plays, I had a deep post on a couple of plays and I just got behind the coverage,” said Rogers. “I used my speed and size.”
Manuel, in addition to the bomb to Rogers, also threw a dart over the middle to T.J. Graham for a 20-yard pass play.
Rogers steps it up
It was hard not to notice Rogers exploits in the passing game. His two deep touchdown plays drew some reaction from the teammates not on the field at the time.
“The weekend was good, being out here with the rookies, and watching their film,” said Rogers. “And then being in here and getting out with the veterans—you don’t want to not impress them, so you go that much harder. But it was good getting acclimated before we got in with the veterans.”
Rogers did benefit from the fact that fellow rookie receivers
It looks like there could be a legitimate battle brewing for the punting job. Incumbent
Powell, to his credit, was in the 4.8 to 4.9 range most of the session. But it seems clear that special teams coordinator Danny Crossman is going to be witness to a hard fought battle for the job.