Week two of OTAs began in earnest on Tuesday afternoon. Coming off the holiday weekend the players had to shake the rust off a bit, but got up to speed pretty quickly. Making it in for his first voluntary practice was Corey McIntyre.
The fullback was just happy to be on a football field again after handling some of his legal dealings the past week.
"Difficult. It's been difficult," said McIntyre of his off the field circumstances. "But that's the only thing I'm going to say about that. And that's all I'm going to comment about the situation because my lawyers told me that."
McIntyre, who missed all of the voluntary workouts last week, plans to be in attendance for the remainder of the offseason workouts.
"(This is) the first time I've ever been away from football that long," McIntyre said. "I'm a Bill, that's why I want to be here right now. This is my team, so I'm going to be here."
Corner settling into slot
Reggie Corner is really taking advantage of the first team reps he's been getting in the team's nickel package. With Ashton Youboty likely sidelined until training camp, Corner has made his share of plays over the past five practices including an interception on Tuesday.
"Coach has us in a good call and put me in a good situation and I did what I was supposed to do which was react to the ball and (I) got the interception," said Corner.
The second-year defensive back has looked sharp and appears to be playing faster than he did last year as a rookie.
"You learn the system more, get more experience and you feel a lot better on the field and you're not thinking as much," Corner said. "So definitely it's going to be a better year for me I feel."
Nelson focusing on pass gamePass receiving is considered a strength of Shawn Nelson's game, but the tight end was spending more time with the receivers during individual position drills Tuesday than he was with his fellow tight ends.
Nelson is trying to absorb the finer points of Buffalo's passing game knowing the pass concepts at Southern Miss were a bit more basic than what he has encountered in the Bills' playbook.
"Everything does come fast because there's so much you've got to know and so much you've got to read and then the audibles come into play," said Nelson. "You've got to read a lot and know a lot at the same time. That's the biggest thing for me right now. Once I get that down I'll be fine."
The offensive staff likely figures that Nelson is more likely to be helping Buffalo's attack with his receiving skills than his all-around tight end skills right off the bat, so they're having him focus on his strengths to make that part of his game as NFL ready as possible.
HighlightsSteve Johnson got things started on special teams when on punt coverage he recovered a muffed punt for a takeaway.
Felton Huggins had a good grab up high on a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in 11-on-11.
Terrell Owens caught a few passes over the middle and tacked on some good run after catch yards afterwards. Lee Evans also had a couple of receptions on crossing patterns, which looked to be a bit of a focus Tuesday.
Derek Fine had the best play of the day offensively as he was fully extended on a 20-yard catch down the seam that he took to the end zone for a touchdown.
Justin Jenkins and Steve Johnson each had a couple of solid catches in traffic.
Defensively, Marcus Stroud had a batted pass.
Drayton Florence had a pass breakup on a throw intended for Justin Jenkins from Fitzpatrick.
Reggie Corner had an interception on a pass intended for Owens from Trent Edwards.
Jermaine McGhee had a 'would-be' sack on Gibran Hamdan in 11-on-11.
Notable rolesRyan Denney stepped in with the first team defense in place of Aaron Schobel, who was not in attendance.
Justin Jenkins and Steve Johnson saw most of the reps that Roscoe Parrish would have received had he been in attendance.
Bryan Scott and Donte Whitner were again the starting safety tandem.
Rookie Nic Harris got second team nickel reps as he was one of the two linebackers in the subpackage.
Fred Jackson continues to be used a good deal out wide as a receiving option.
In and out
Not participating Tuesday were Cary Harris, C.J. Hawthorne, P.K. Sam, Ashton Youboty, John DiGiorgio and James Hardy.
Not in attendance were Jairus Byrd, Roscoe Parrish, Aaron Schobel and Danny Urrego.