Buffalo’s mandatory minicamp began with a pair of sessions scheduled for Wednesday and the morning practice saw the offense struggle at times when it came to team work. After a brief red zone segment where several passes were turned away by the defense, the 11-on-11 segment had some spotty execution. So much so that offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins pulled the entire offense in for a huddle.
“Coach Modkins did that,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “He talked about execution. They hadn’t done a good job of that up until that point and after that it got a little better.”
“He’s a very interactive coach,” said Edwards. “He’s one of those guys that will call the play and step back and want to talk to the quarterbacks about it. So you’ll see the play going on in front of you and if you’re not in there you can stand next to Chan and he’ll tell you what he’s thinking on a play. He’s talking about reads and where we’re going with the football, what matchup we like, quarterback talk.”
In the morning session Trent Edwards was the first signal caller through in the rotation as he took reps first during 7-on-7 red zone and during 11-on-11. He was followed in the rotation by
In the afternoon Ryan Fitzpatrick was the first quarterback in the rotation followed by Trent Edwards and Brian Brohm in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11. However, at the end of practice during a two minute drill Edwards went first and was followed by Fitzpatrick who finished the workout. Brown got a few reps in the afternoon.
In the two minute drill Edwards led a long 13-play drive, that started at the offense’s own 35-yard line, but on fourth down his pass to
Mitchell did that last season for one game when Paul Posluszny had yet to return from injury and he was playing middle linebacker against the Browns, but then Mitchell was injured and missed the rest of the season. Prior to that the last time he called plays in the huddle was his last season in Kansas City in 2006.
Coach Gailey made it clear he wants his veteran linebackers handling the play calling duties.
“Those guys have been in the fire so to speak, so you would like for those guys to be able to handle it as much as possible,” said Gailey. “Those veteran guys will end up getting the majority of that kind of responsibility on our football team. That’s what you want. You want your veterans to be able to do that. And in this day in age you never know when injuries are going to hit. You’re trying to make sure that we have as many people that can handle that duty as possible.”
In another related note about linebacker, recent signee Reggie Torbor continues to work at outside linebacker, and has recently been seeing some reps with the first unit. Torbor is being rotated in with
“It’s early,” said Torbor. “But it’s good to get back in and move around a little bit. The more you get to play with not only in the defense, but with the guys and learn how everyone plays the better it is. It’s early and we’ll see how it goes.”
Not participating Monday due to rehab situations included
McGee participated in the team segments in the afternoon. Meanwhile Mitchell and Stroud had the afternoon off along with Wood.
For the first time this spring
Wood does a bit more
“One of the first things I did was talk to (head athletic trainer) Bud (Carpenter) about what the prognosis was and he said we’d be lucky if we got him back in training camp and probably not the first (day) of training camp. To me either he’s a quick healer or they’ve done a great job or some of both, but it’s amazing to have him out here this early.”
Wood did not participate in the afternoon practice session.
Highlights from the morning session leaned to the defensive side of the ball.
And Jonathan Stupar hooked up with Trent Edwards for a 25-yard pass play when he was wide open over the middle.
In the afternoon Felton Huggins made perhaps the play of the spring with this diving catch in 7-on-7 on a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Lee Evans reached high for this pass along the far sideline from Brian Brohm for a first down.
During 11-on-11 red zone work
Jonathan Stupar had a 20-yard reception down the middle of the field as he found an opening down the seam.
And Chad Jackson wrapped up the afternoon session with a touchdown catch in the front right corner of the end zone from Fitzpatrick to cap a two minute drill.
On the defensive side Drayton Florence broke up this pass intended for Roscoe Parrish in 7-on-7.
Chris Kelsay had a batted pass at the line of scrimmage to force an incompletion and
The Bills have another pair of practices Thursday with the first set for 10:55 am.