Lynch at One Bills Drive this week
The Bills have confirmed that RB
The team verified that Lynch was at the team's training facility on Wednesday and Thursday and worked out in the team's weight room.
“I don’t know when to expect to see him,” Whitner said. “I saw him two days ago. Other than that I really haven’t seen him.”
'D' makes plays
It’s been back and forth between the offense and defense during spring workouts. One side of the ball gains the upper hand in one practice and the following day the advantage flips. That trend continued on Friday. A day after the offense had perhaps its sharpest day passing, the defense had a good number of plays on the ball forcing incompletions while also getting a few takeaways.
"We like to be around the ball and making plays," said Corner. "It's all about being competitive out there on the practice field and we know they're pros on the other side of the ball so they're going to make their plays. We just want to make our share on defense."
Rookies show well
The limited nature of some veteran players due to ongoing rehab or minor injury afforded some of Buffalo’s younger players to get more snaps on the first day of the team’s voluntary minicamp Friday. There were also a couple of vets absent at the skill positions giving some rookies a chance to shine.
On offense fourth-round pick
“Our coach tells us the number one responsibility for wide receivers is to beat the man, so inside, outside release, whatever the case might be,” Easley told Buffalobills.com. “On that play I took an inside release and ended up getting the defender stacked and just tried to catch the ball while I was in the air.”
After the touchdown play with Edwards, Easley again beat his man deep, but the pass was
“I had my fingertips on it, but I couldn’t squeeze it like I wanted to,” Easley said. “Still no excuses I was wide open, the ball hit my hands, I’ve got to come down with it.”
Defensively, another rookie made his presence felt. Undrafted free agent Stephan Virgil made a few plays on the ball. With three of the top six cornerbacks sidelined, Virgil got reps with the second team defense and made three plays on the ball during the morning practice alone.
Virgil had a well-timed pass breakup on a pass intended for
"I think all our young guys are improving," said Corner. "Stephan is coming along. He's a very good player already and I think he's going to be something special."
A day after the top three quarterbacks all had pretty solid days, they were challenged on more of their throws Friday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick had Easley lined up for another long touchdown play, but the rookie couldn’t quite run under the pass.
As far as the rotation was concerned, in the morning practice Trent Edwards was the first man through in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 with Fitzpatrick to follow in both segments. Brian Brohm was third in the rotation with rookie
In the afternoon Fitzpatrick was first in the rotation during 7-on-7 and was followed by Brohm then Edwards with Brown getting an equal number of reps. Fitzpatrick also led the rotation in 11-on-11 and again was followed by Brohm then Edwards and Brown.
In addition to some of the aforementioned plays from the morning session Roscoe Parrish had a 25-yard hookup with Trent Edwards after a busted coverage left him wide open on the far side of the field.
C.J. Spiller had his elusiveness on display. Working exclusively with the first unit with
Chad Simpson also had a couple of nice looking runs that would’ve gained first down yardage and more.
In the afternoon Reggie Corner had a pair of pass breakups. One was intended for
Safety Bryan Scott had an interception that he returned up the near sideline for what could've been a touchdown had it been live conditions.
On offense Shawn Nelson made an impressive jump ball catch along the far sideline that drew gasps from the defenders lined up on the sideline that were not on the field for that play.
Marcus Easley again made a reception deep downfield on a throw from Brohm.
Back on the field Friday was tight Shawn Nelson, who missed the second week of voluntary OTAs. Fellow tight end
Bryan Scott is back in the fold in the team setting after being limited earlier in the week during OTAs.
Doing a little bit more work on the field was
The Bills also have a pair of practice session Saturday including the open practice for fans inside Ralph Wilson Stadium at 3:15 pm weather permitting. Check www.Buffalobills.com for updates. The first practice, which is closed to the public is set for 10:45 am.