Chemistry in the passing game is one element that the offense is striving for and in the practice setting Saturday there was an encouraging sign that within the new scheme quarterback
Early in the team portion of Saturday afternoon’s session, Edwards was able to connect with top wideout
Four plays later he hit Evans in stride over the middle, and on the very first play in 11-on-11 work, Edwards saw his top wideout slip behind the secondary down the left sideline and got the ball out to him for a 50-yard pass play that could have very well wound up being a touchdown under live conditions.
Though it seemed clear that Edwards was trying to get Evans involved early and often, the quarterback maintains that the ball has to be spread around so that the attention that’s typically paid to Evans during the regular season is forced to relent hopefully giving them the opportunity to use him for a few big plays a week.
“I feel like all of them have potential,” said Edwards of the rest of the receiving corps. “And I will be playing with all of them in the preseason, so if I can get on the same page with them and they can make some plays for me in the preseason, that’s only going to help our team more.”
Head coach Chan Gailey admits that no matter what kind of adjustments an offensive coordinator tries to make, if an opponent wants to take a top receiving weapon away, it’s possible.
“In general people can shut down a receiver if they want to,” Gailey said. “There are some guys you can move them around enough, but in general if they want to take a guy away they can do it. So you’ve got to be able to get it to other people in an offense. What we’re trying to do is make sure we can develop enough talent so we can spread the ball around and then when his shots come we take advantage of that.”
There were some good one-on-one battles going on out on the field during both the receiver and cornerback matchups and the offensive and defensive line matchups Saturday.
Hardy’s time spent this offseason with 10-year NFL veteran receiver Torrance Small appears to be paying off as his routes look noticeably sharper.
“It’s coming,” he said. “That’s all I can say. It’s coming. Each and every practice I’m getting better. I’m seeing more things than I’ve ever seen before. You have to be consistent [during] practice. Now that the injuries are gone, I’m going to show that on a consistent basis.”
In 7-on-7 aside from the Lee Evans noteworthy receptions, undrafted rookie
The coaching staff looked to be making a concerted effort in taking a long look at
In and out
Marcus Stroud was pulled out of practice a half hour early after he appeared to get overheated. He was taken to the cooling tent area, and later headed to the locker room under his own power.
“Yeah the coaches have been looking out for me, but I’m still out here practicing going with the ones and full everything, but certain days they might want me to pull back from that,” he said. “For the most part I’m out here with the rest of the guys learning this defense.”
The Bills have a single practice scheduled on Sunday for 3 pm.