“I think it was a combination of two things,” said Nelson. “I got a couple of days off and got my legs back right. They implemented a couple of plays for me. We’re going a little more three and four wide now and there are some things that I can do. And I think the quarterbacks saw today what we were able to do.”
Nelson’s biggest plays went for 20 yards, 40 yards and he had a red zone touchdown on a post pattern for good measure. He chose to keep his newly discovered medical condition private, but assured that in time with medication the issue will subside.
“I spent yesterday doing a lot of tests,” he said. “We went back to Buffalo and did pretty much every test imaginable and we figured out what it was. I definitely didn’t feel 100 percent out there (Saturday). We had to slow down a little bit, but at the same time I’m back out there and it’s going to gradually get back to 100 percent. (Saturday) was a step in the right direction.”
A third down specialist as a rookie, Nelson was determined to carve out a bigger role for himself in the offense in 2011 and it appears he has convinced head coach Chan Gailey he’s deserving of it putting in some plays designed especially for the tall wideout.
“It means a lot, especially with so many playmakers on this team,” Nelson said. “So many guys that can do so many things with the ball, just to be included in that group, we’ve got some great caliber players and any player can take the ball to the end zone at any time. Just to be a part of this and have Chan include me is special.”
The other star of the night was Stevie Johnson. Johnson was dominant in the passing game. He’s only listed at 205 pounds on the roster, but looks much bigger and stronger than that and he appears to have added some inches to his vertical leap as he made a few plays simply by out leaping the defensive back for the ball.
He was especially dominant during red zone work where he had a pair of touchdowns.
“Chan, he always makes it a point that once we get in the red zone we’ve got to have six,” said Johnson. “If we get field goals that’s good, but we’ve got to have six. We’re too good of an offense to not get touchdowns when we get in the red zone.”
Buffalo’s offense had a solid red zone segment. The quarterbacks had a combined four touchdown passes with Fitzpatrick responsible for three and Thigpen one. The starters got a lot more work in particular Saturday night, and they had no problem with that knowing in a week they’ve got their first preseason game in Chicago.
“We’ve got to be on our game now,” Johnson said. “We didn’t have OTAs or anything, so we’re rushing into meshing with each other. The ones are getting more reps. We went from three to five (reps at a time) in like three days. We’re just trying to speed up the process so we can get ready for the season.”
“He didn’t feel as good this morning coming back. He was a little sorer than we thought he was going to be, so we left him out one more day,” he said. “It’s soreness within that leg, but it’s not dealing with any of (his prior injuries).”
The defense to its credit did turn in some plays. In 7-on-7
Wilson also had a pass breakup along the near sideline that could’ve been an interception as he got his hands on a
Reggie Corner had a pair of pass breakups including one that he almost pulled in for an INT.
Rookie Da’Norris Searcy had a good tackle at the line of scrimmage on a run by college teammate
On the offensive side of the ball David Nelson had a 20-yard reception deep over the middle on a well-timed pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
A short time later TE
Nelson showed great concentration when he was able to pull in a tipped pass while twirling in the air and hit the ground running for a 40-yard pass play.
Stevie Johnson fought off his defender to pull in a fade pass in the back left corner of the end zone for a touchdown on a pass from Fitzpatrick.
Hubbard made his second big play of the night when with the help of a
David Nelson ran a well executed post pattern for a red zone touchdown from Fitzpatrick.
And Stevie Johnson capped the night with a high reaching touchdown catch over his defender in 11-on-11 red zone.
The Bills will have a single afternoon practice on Sunday and it’s scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm.