The last night practice of Buffalo’s 2011 training camp Wednesday belonged to the defense. Though the offense had a good measure of success in 7-on-7 red zone with a half dozen scoring plays, the defense had just as many pass breakups, and in 11-on-11 held the offense to a limited number of completions that stretched beyond the first down marker.
“I hope that has something to do with our defense,” said head coach Chan Gailey who concurred when asked if the offensive performance was ragged. “I thought our defense was very strong. We’re putting in some different stuff this week and we’ve got to work on it. It doesn’t look clean. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Particularly strong was
“I think when me and Marcell are inside I think if we’re getting after it and we’re running pretty hot we’re going to be hard to deal with,” said Williams. “I think that he does some things better than I can, I do some things better than he does. I think we play well off each other. I don’t know if you watch practice very much, but I’m always talking to him. I’m always pointing things out to him. I think we’ve really got a chance to be good. I really do. I think we can do some things up front.”
Williams extension in early stages
Buffalo’s Pro Bowl defensive tackle also addressed the reports of a contract extension being consummated with the Bills soon.
“As far as all the contract stuff it’s early, they’re just talking and we’ll see where it goes,” he said. “That being said, this is where I want to be. I feel like we’ve got a chance, moving in the right direction, got some good players here, and I want to see what I started here through. I believe that and that means a lot t o me. It means a lot to me that everybody passed on my four times, but the fifth time these guys didn’t get it wrong, so I want to be here.”
Top 2 rooks excelling
Dareus is also looking like a quality pair with the other Williams. He and draft classmate
“There’s no day where I’m thinking I had a great day or there’s nothing I could’ve done better,” Williams said. “Every day there’s something you can do better.”
Williams’ big play Wednesday night was his interception in the end zone during 7-on-7 red zone work that looked very similar to his interception in the preseason opener against the Bears.
He was covering
“I just stuck with the ball,” said Williams. “When the ball is in the air it’s really who wants it more and in my world I want it the most.”
Dareus made several plays during the team portion of practice, especially during the run game portion of practice. The Bills top pick was consistently filling gaps and meeting the ball carriers in the hole right at the line of scrimmage. During one-on-one pass rush drills he was also getting the best of most of the linemen he faced.
“He did a great job. He was everywhere,” said Gailey. “He’s a big, strong physical guy and he had a good night tonight. When he gets healthy I think he can really be something.”
Levitre hopping around
By now everyone knows that on Wednesday
“They just told us we were going to be rotating,” Levitre said. “They wanted to see the competition between us, that’s all I’ve been told. I’m just going to keep working. If we can compete and make our position better then it will make us better as a team.”
But that wasn’t the only place where Levitre lined up with the first unit. He also took a handful of snaps at center with the first unit during the run game period. On one play he had a muffed exchange with
Also getting his first few reps at center with the first unit was
The way Chan Gailey makes it sound, the rotation that went on at center was just to get a look at some of their options there behind Wood.
“We’re trying everything and you can never as we witnessed in the Minnesota game last year you can never have enough guys that can go play center,” said Gailey. “So we just working emergency type people and that’s what it is emergency type people.”
Back in Week 13 last season with Eric Wood inactive (ankle),
Marcus Easley had a pair of touchdowns the first one came on a busted coverage in the right corner of the end zone on a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The second scoring play came five plays later when he found a hole in a zone coverage and took a
Stevie Johnson had the toughest looking touchdown catch as he fought off a pair of defenders and a possible pass interference to hold onto the throw from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Rookie Aaron Williams tipped a Tyler Thigpen pass for Easley and then caught it in the end zone for an interception.
Da’Norris Searcy had a pass breakup on a crossing route by
Nick Barnett had a big hit on Brad Smith just as Smith got through the line on a quarterback keeper.
Scott Chandler did a good job splitting a pair of defenders to pull in a 25-yard pass from Thigpen down the seam.
And Brad Smith got into the secondary in a hurry on a designed run from the quarterback spot.
Other mainstays on the sidelines included
“Shep and Rogers have really missed a lot of time and it’s going to be an uphill battle for them,” said Gailey. “It really is. You just can’t afford to sit out. That’s the way it is. We’re a production business and if you’re not on the field you can’t produce.”
Final camp practice
The last practice of 2011 Verizon Wireless Bills Training Camp is on Thursday at 2:20 pm.