Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Friday that training camp doesn’t really start until the pads go on. Apparently Buffalo’s defense was ready. With the speed of practice kicking up a notch Dave Wannstedt’s unit looked sharp and effective.
“I thought the defense dominated the practice,” said Gailey. “We’ve got a lot of work to do on offense to meet their level of play right now so it’s a little bit different than it has been. It’s good for our football team.”
The defensive line was consistent in getting pressure on both
“They’ve got some good players and they work hard, play hard, they’re good leaders,” said Gailey of his defensive line. “It’s a strong group up there.”
“I feel we’re doing real good as a defense and pushing the best way that we can,” said Marcell Dareus.
Bills wide receiver
Team doctors examined him closely for almost 10 minutes, focusing on his right knee. After gently trying to test and flex the knee he slowly and carefully walked to the locker room under his own power, and was anything but pleased with the situation.
“They said it’s like a bruise,” said Gailey following practice. “They don’t think it’s any kind of ligaments or anything like that. We’ll see the determination is tomorrow probably.”
Also injured in practice was DT
S Josh Nesbitt was also pulled from practice, but stayed on the sideline for the rest of the session.
Merriman, Pears sit
“He couldn’t go. He rolled an ankle yesterday late. He taped it up and finished, but we held him out today,” said Gailey. “He went through the walk-through this morning so it’s not like it’s a hobbling thing. We’re going to make sure he’s ready to go before we bring him back.”
Pears injury was also deemed minor by Gailey.
“He aggravated that groin,” said Gailey. “They don’t think it’s much, but they were being precautionary and we’ll see how soon we can get him back. Tomorrow night, if not Monday.”
The reason the athletic training staff is being so careful is because Pears is coming off hernia surgery in the spring.
As always the highlights from Saturday’s practice can be found in the Media Center at Buffalobills.com. There were a couple however, that we did not get good looks at that you should know about.
Rookie defensive backs
Saenz just read the quarterback’s eyes and jumped a crossing route over the middle.
In the spring
Moats has taken it all in stride and has fared well through the first three practice days of camp.
“I’m feeling more comfortable now because I’ve had all the OTAs and I’ve had these first few practices to start working through all the different positions. Today was a little better because we had the pads on and you’re able to see how the play will look with guys hitting out there so it helps out a lot.”
Moats is determined to know all three roles and play them effectively. What he’s working on now are his recognition keys in the run game.
“I feel like in the pass game (I know them), but that’s because we see more pass plays with our offense,” he said. “With the run plays I feel like I’m getting better every day, but we don’t really run a lot. As many reps as we can get we have to hone in on it to try to get better at it.”
“I think he’s handled that very well,” said Gailey. “He’s got a lot better in OTAs and the minicamp. It made so much difference for him to have that it’s unbelievable. So I feel good about where he is right now after three days of practice. He’s been very impressive thus far.”
The rotation continued at left tackle, right defensive end and number two quarterback.
With David Nelson out
2011 practice squad receiver
Prince Miller had an interception in one-on-one WR-DB drills.
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