The pads were on for the first time for the Bills at training camp and though the tempo hasn’t been dialed up to full live work just yet, the power of strength of the defensive line was. The defense is typically ahead of the offense at this stage of camp, but there’s a big difference from last year in terms of the surge off the line from the defensive front. At least that’s how head coach Chan Gailey saw it.
“I think we’re more physical than we were last year,” he said. “I feel more push defensively when I stand behind the offense. There seems to be more things happening on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage than we had last year. It feels that way.”
The most disruptive player defensively up front was
Gailey did say that it may not always be that way in camp, but it was more a reflection on how fortified the offensive front has become than it was about the performance of the offensive line. In fact the men up front on offense opened a handful of good holes during an extended run game period Monday.
Big man rundown
The linemen were going against one another in practice in one-on-one pass rush drills. Among the players that looked good Monday were guard
Troup worked hard on his body in the offseason and really strengthened his core, which has help him fight through blocks pretty well in the early going.
“I could just tell playing last year that it was one of my weaknesses," he said. "I would take on double teams and guys would get me on one leg and I couldn’t recover back to my opposite leg and a lot of that had to do my core strength and being unable to tighten up once that double team came. I also had a lot of trouble with my back so strengthening my core has helped a lot with that.”
“Sheppard is going to be out for a little while,” he said. “I think at least a week and then we’ll re-evaluate at the end of the week.”
With respect to Easley, Gailey said he’s also looking at about a week of being out of action, which isn’t a good thing for a receiver looking to bounce back from missing last year.
“It’s a big setback for him and it hurts our football team because we’d like to know what he can do,” said Gailey. “We didn’t get a real good look at him last year and obviously we don’t have a very good look at him now. It hurts him and it hurts us, but it’s one of the things you go through. That’s life in the league.”
Undrafted rookie Domonic, who has had a decent couple of days left practice early on Monday with a right knee injury. He hobbled to the sideline after sustaining the injury during 7-on-7 work.
“He tweaked his knee is what he told me,” said Gailey. “They took him in for more examination so I’ll find out more tonight or tomorrow morning.”
After being examined by athletic trainers, Cook did limp to the locker room under his own power.
“I just had a little ankle tweak, but it’s feeling a lot better now,” he said. “I’ll continue to rehab it to get it better and so I can put more pressure on it. I’ll do whatever I have to do.”
“It was good to get him back on the field,” said Gailey. “It was good to see him. We’ll work him in slowly to make sure we’re smart with him, but it looked like he did a pretty good job. I’ll have to go watch the tape.”
Corner said he was feeling good and stayed on the field to get as many reps as he could knowing he has some rust to knock off. He had a nice pass breakup early during 7-on-7 work on a pass from
Searcy getting reps with the twos
Fourth-round pick Da’Norris Searcy ran with the third team defense at the outset of camp, but the defensive staff is already trying to get him some reps with the second unit at strong safety. On Monday the staff was rotating him in and out at times with veteran
The staff has high hopes for the rookie, so it’s a move that bears watching.
Buffalo’s waiver claim, DL
Dotson was traveling up from Miami this morning. The defensive lineman is a former seventh-round pick of the Dolphins. Even though he’s new to the Bills he can begin practicing right away since he didn’t sign a new contract. Buffalo simply inherited the one he had with Miami.
In addition to some of the aforementioned plays
Merriman also sniffed out a run play and had C.J. Spiller plugged up near the line of scrimmage.
Buffalo will have a walk through in morning and then an open practice at 3:30 in the afternoon.