It was a day to throw and throw often as the Bills had one of their longest 7-on-7 periods of the spring as the second week of OTAs wrapped up Thursday. And while things did not get off to the best start for the offense, on the whole, the quarterbacks made good decisions, had a high completion percentage and made a handful of big plays downfield.
Though all four quarterbacks had their share of positive plays, it was hard to top
After his first six reps in the quarterback rotation, Fitzpatrick got three more at the end much like the other two veteran signal callers and made the most of them. Huggins made a nice leaping catch along the near sideline before falling on his back and rolling out of bounds. And that was followed by the biggest play of the day when
Some of the throws by Buffalo’s quarterbacks Thursday drew some praise from their offensive teammates encouraging them to playfully taunt the defensive players a bit. Even some reads by the signal callers that were unsuccessful still got positive feedback. On one of
“Good idea on that. Good idea,” he said.
In fairness to the defense they were without two of their top cover corners in
Back on the field was
For the first time this spring, the two minute drill was unveiled during 11-on-11 work near the end of practice. Initially the defense had the upper hand as they forced the offense, under the direction of
On the third series, Brian Brohm was able to get a couple of first downs with James Hardy converting a first down on third down to lengthen the drive. The series eventually ended on an incomplete pass on third-and-short.
During the last two series of two minute work the offense began to make a few more plays as both sides got a bit winded the first time through the up tempo pace. Defensive coordinator George Edwards could be heard yelling from the far sideline.
“Finish strong! Finish strong,” he shouted, as he tried to implore his players to dig in.
“We get out there and get in football shape, and running two minute will do it quicker than anything else,” said
Lee Evans made a handful of receptions Thursday with perhaps his best being the well-timed play he had with Fitzpatrick during 7-on-7 when he went right through the teeth of the defense for a big gain.
James Hardy had a nice catch and run on a crossing route where he pulled away from the defender after the reception.
Roscoe Parrish ran a tight out route down the far sideline where Fitzpatrick hit him on time allowing him to toe the sideline before going out of bounds.
Marcus Easley had the aforementioned long touchdown play, but also made a strong hands catch to convert a first down in two minute on a throw from Edwards.
The Bills begin their voluntary minicamp on Friday with a pair of practice sessions scheduled. The first will be at 10:45 am and the second at 3:15 pm. The minicamp runs through Sunday.