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Bills Today | A South Florida RB connection + Quessenberry adds experience to O-line group

Duke Johnson (22). Day 10 of Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher, August 8, 2022. Photo by Ben Green
Duke Johnson (22). Day 10 of Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher, August 8, 2022. Photo by Ben Green

The Bills took the field for practice on Wednesday morning as they continue to prepare for Saturday's preseason matchup against the Denver Broncos.

Linebacker Von Miller returned to practice today after being excused from practice on Sunday and Tuesday for personal reasons.

Defensive linemen Kingsley Jonathan (ankle) and Tim Settle (calf) did not practice today.  Offensive lineman Spencer Brown and safety Micah Hyde also missed practice today due to general soreness, but both could be back as early as tomorrow. Offensive lineman Tommy Doyle, who is dealing with a foot injury, remained out as well.

South Florida connection in the running back room

The Bills' running back room is filled with four guys from South Florida, a rare occurrence for a single position group. The group from South Florida is comprised of Devin Singletary who's from Deerfield Beach, Zack Moss of Hialeah Gardens, and Miami natives James Cook and Duke Johnson.

For Johnson, having this hometown representation in the running back room is a good thing, but also reminds him he's not getting any younger.

"When I first got here it was, 'I used to watch you growing up, I used to watch highlights of you growing up', so it made me feel kind of old," Johnson laughed. "But it's fun because we all know what the goal is and we all come from the same area, so we know how to push each other, how to bring out the best in one another."

This is the first time the Miami native has experienced this type of connection with his running mates and he's already seeing it pay off on the field.

"The level of competition starts from when we were kids, playing in Liberty City, well that's where I played," Johnson said. "But just the level of competition is different and it kind of prepares you for all levels of football."

When looking at the running back group, Johnson sees plenty of talent next to him; each player has a specific trait that elevates the depth of the room and contributes to the strength of the Bills' offense. A healthy competition also helps each player strive for success.

"We all try to challenge each other to do the things we don't do well," Johnson said. "We try to push each other in that aspect to get better in what we don't do well because we all understand what our niche is and what teams know we can do."

Quessenberry sees 'dynamic' offense around him

Since joining the Bills, offensive lineman David Quessenberry has picked up on the different layers and dimensions of the Bills' playing style, which differs from his experience with the Tennessee Titans. But at the end of the day, both organizations look to accomplish the same thing: winning.

"We have a fantastic running back room and one of the best quarterbacks in the league," Quessenberry said. "The receiver room is stacked. The tight ends are fantastic. It's very dynamic. But there's the same goal - to put that ball in the end zone every time we step on the field."

Quessenberry credits the Bills' versatility throughout the group that ultimately produces what the lineman describes as 'solid rocks' on the O line.

"I've really enjoyed playing next to a bunch of different people and learning the offense," Quessenberry said. "It's a fun offense, explosive, and dynamic. We're kind of dangerous all over the place. It's exciting to be a part of and to be a piece of that in that bigger picture."

The lineman says he takes a lot of pride in what he does and is going to be ready to step in any role that the team needs him for. With the regular season just around the corner, the O-lineman is stressing the important of fundamentals in order to help the team win.

"You've got to take care of the ball, don't get penalized, be efficient, all those things — game management down the stretch, play your best in the most critical situations," Quessenberry said. "If we can do that, we're going to win a lot of games and score a lot of points."

Scroll to see photos from Wednesday's training camp.

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