The third and final week of OTAs began on Monday and while one prominent offensive player is a step closer to returning to the practice setting, a projected starter on defense will be taking a seat for a few days.
“I believe so,” said Johnson. “I’ll be out there and we’ll see how things go, but as of now they’re saying I’ll be out there to get some reps. While those guys are out there I’m in here running. It’s looking good. The progress has been real great.”
“He’s worked extremely hard to get back on the field,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “I know he would like to get some reps with Fitz before we get through here. So hopefully if things continue to progress we’ll be able to get him a few reps before all is said and done this spring.”
Johnson said he’s looking forward to going against some of Buffalo’s young cornerback talent including top pick
CB Williams out
“He’s had a recurring irritation in his knee,” said Gailey. “We’ve had two or three guys with recurring irritations in their knees. He’s been trying to work through it and we’re going to shut him down for a couple of days here and let him rest. It’s nothing major, it’s just a little irritation in there and we’ll see if we can’t get rid of it.”
Gailey said defensive lineman
Strong day for Leodis
McKelvin was the headliner among the cornerback contingent as he unofficially had four pass breakups including a pair of plays at the goal line during red zone work.
During a two-minute drill series, McKelvin almost intercepted a pass over the middle by Fitzpatrick, but couldn’t quite hold on to the high velocity pass attempt. The fifth-year corner has taken well to his time in the slot.
“It’s just an opportunity for me to get inside,” said McKelvin. “I’m getting an opportunity on the outside and an opportunity on the inside. We’ve got a lot of young guys coming around and just the competition level, if anything happens on the back end as far as me not winning a starting job on the outside I can also play on the inside.
“Last year I didn’t play the nickel and I felt I should be on the field or I can play on the field. Now they’re just trying to work me in. And I never had a chance to ever try to be in there out of the four years that I’ve played. It’s just a chance to go inside and do what I do.”
WR Jones has inside track
The number two wide receiver competition is just getting started with a handful of candidates, but Gailey made it clear that last year’s winner of the job is the clubhouse leader right now.
“It’s too early and to be honest with you you can ask me the third week of training camp and I’ll tell you it’s too early,” he said. “We’ll know exactly where we stand. It all works itself out by the time we get to the first ball game. We’ve got three guys that have done a great job.
The absence of starting right tackle
On the second O-line
There were several highlights from Monday’s action. To watch them all go to the Media Center at Buffalobills.com.