It was the first night practice of training camp for the Bills and the fans certainly provided an energized atmosphere to the practice setting. Those that appeared to be more inspired for the wide receivers and cornerbacks as they engaged in some very competitive battles throughout the session.
His best reception of the night however, showed expert concentration. Cornerback
“I’m just trying to get better day in and day out,” said Easley. “I made a couple of plays today, but that’s just the nature of the position. You learn from the bad plays and if you make good plays you just move forward to the next day.”
Easley, who has rotated in with first unit sparingly the first couple of days of camp, saw the most action he’s had with the starting unit with most of his other plays coming with the twos Sunday night. Working against physical corners in Williams and
“Those guys are tough,” said Easley of Williams and Gilmore. “They bring a physical play to the cornerback position, which really isn’t too common. The only way to challenge being physical is to be physical right back at them. It’s definitely tough going against them on the perimeter going against those guys day in and day out, but it’s only going to make me better.”
“It’s great to see a young man fight back like that,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “It’s never easy to go through what he’s been through in two years. Marcus had a good night tonight. He seems to be getting better. I hope he can stay out here on a consistent basis. I think we’ll see him continually get better if he can.”
Also making progress is rookie wide receiver
“He’s worked at being a better receiver,” said Gailey. “He has given it some thought not only working it on the field, but he’s given it some thought. The thing we do is give him some freedom and if he’ll use his imagination and get out there and do what he does best as far as using his speed the sky is the limit with the guy.”
“The more I learn the plays the more I can just be myself and make plays,” said Graham. “So it is just me learning the offense and getting on the same page as the quarterbacks.”
Graham’s big play on Sunday was a 60-yard touchdown pass he caught from
“(My role is) run fast and catch the ball,” he said. “So I have been trying to do that the best I can.”
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Young corners stepping up
Top pick Stephon Gilmore has been unusually consistent in training camp for a rookie, especially going against the best Buffalo’s receiving corps has to offer most of the time. Practically inked in at the starting right cornerback spot at this point, Gilmore has not given up much with only
Gilmore had a few more pass breakups Sunday night including a couple of rake out plays where he kept the receiver from completing the catch.
“I felt pretty good today, I learned a lot today and I made a couple of plays,” Gilmore told Buffalobills.com’s John Murphy. “I think I’m getting better on my technique and mirroring receivers, and I’m trying to get my hands on them a little bit more, but I think I’m just getting better as a player.”
“Stephon is playing well outside,” said Gailey. “There’s no up and down in the guy. What you see every day is what you get every day. That’s been a pleasant surprise. A lot of times rookies if something bad happens to them they go in the tank. He’s very strong in that area.”
Aaron Williams also had one of his better practices in camp breaking up a few plays in the passing game.
Rogers to sit for a bit
“I need to get an evaluation on that,” said Gailey. “I’ll have some more information later, but it’s going to be probably a four or five day deal.”
Glenn had his hands full during the team portions of practice with Chris Kelsay. The veteran end was using a variety of pass rush moves to really challenge the rookie tackle.
The Bills are off Monday with their next practice scheduled for Tuesday at 3 pm.
#BillsCamp was great today, Gilmore was a shining star!! Tj graham was on his game as was supermario! The atmosphere was electric— Mike Marcera (@MikeMarcera) July 30, 2012
Cool play. Fitz fires another 30-yard pass to Easley. A Williams leaps and tips it straight up. Easley comes down with it. #Bills— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) July 29, 2012