3 things to know from Day 15 at Bills camp

Tight end Logan Thomas
Tight end Logan Thomas

1 – Tight ends busy in red zone

The tight end contingent has made good progress as a group through the course of training camp. Behind Charles Clay, the depth chart has been very fluid. Most of the men have put in extra work on their blocking more than anything else, but on Tuesday they were a big factor during 7-on-7 red zone.

It was difficult to tell if he was in on his first reception to score, but Logan Thomas is a great red zone target at 6-6 and Nate Peterman found him twice. One of his catches definitely went for a touchdown. The other was a close call as to whether he crossed the plane before he was tagged off by a defender.

Josh Allen found fellow TE Khari Lee for a score as he crossed the back of the end zone.

"In the red zone your eyes definitely light up because it's time to score," said Lee. "So it's definitely fun. We're just trying to see the coverage pre-snap, seeing everything post-snap and knowing the leverage of the defender you're working against."

TE Keith Towbridge also had a touchdown catch on a pass from AJ McCarron.

The best play however, was turned in by RB Taiwan Jones, who reached over his head and outside his body frame to make the catch and then tapped his toes just inside the right sideline of the end zone for a score.

"My number was called for a wheel route and it wasn't there, and we have worked on our scramble drills," Jones said. "A.J. did a good job of putting the ball where only I could get it and I was able to make a play."

The skill position players on the whole are liking the design of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's offense knowing it will afford everyone multiple opportunities to make plays.

"The offense is built to spread it around," said Lee. "The backs are involved. The tight ends are involved, and the receivers are involved. It's based off reads and goes off the defense. Whatever they present to us that's where we'll go with the ball."

2 – QB Update

Monday's practice marked the first day that a quarterback other than Josh Allen, took reps with the third offensive unit. Nathan Peterman worked with the third team Monday, with Allen taking reps exclusively with the second team and AJ McCarron with the starters. At Tuesday's afternoon practice, McCarron and Peterman flipped.

Peterman was back with the starting unit with McCarron working with the threes.

For the second straight day, Allen worked with the second string.

Head coach Sean McDermott isn't scheduled for a press conference until Wednesday prior to the last training camp practice, so it's difficult to completely assess what the move up the depth chart for Allen means.

It could've been part of the coaching staff's plan all along to rotate Allen up with the twos the final week of training camp provided he showed the requisite progress to play with that group. It could also mean that on Friday night at Cleveland, Allen will see his playing time with the second unit and the staff is getting him as comfortable as possible with the other 10 players that line up with that group.

Either way it is a deviation from the first two weeks of training camp, when Allen was largely working with the third unit and only rotating up with the starting unit for a series or two.

3 – Defensive players rotating in

There are a handful of players who have been rotating up from the second string to the starting unit and from third string up to the second unit over the last few days of camp. Their play in practice and the first preseason game has prompted the defensive staff to look at some of these players against what should be stiffer competition.

With the starting defensive unit players like Harrison Phillips and Ramon Humber have been rotating in for Star Lotulelei and Matt Milano respectively.

"He's had a very good camp for us," said defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier of Phillips. "He really worked hard for us back in the OTAs and throughout the spring. He's a guy the defensive line room has a lot of affection for. He's an easygoing guy that's a by-the-book type of player. Whatever you ask him to do he's going to try to get that accomplished. His teammates respect that and I think a lot of guys are rooting for him because he's such a good guy."

With the second unit, there's been good competition between Tanner Vallejo and Julian Stanford for the backup middle linebacker spot. On Tuesday, Vallejo was the first man in with the second unit, but Stanford was subbing in for him.

"The way we rotate at practice they move guys all around," said Stanford. "The depth chart is very fluid at training camp to see guys in different combinations. I just take the reps where I can get them. I worry about making the reps count rather than counting how many reps I get."

DT Ricky Hatley was rotating in for Phillips with that second group. Undrafted rookie Levi Wallace also saw time at corner in place of Phillip Gaines, and Breon Borders continues to push Lafayette Pitts. Borders replaced Pitts on the second unit while Pitts slid down to the third group.

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