The Bills 2010 training camp came to a close on a good note for the offense. With an 11-on-11 two-minute drill chosen as the last segment of Tuesday's final camp practice, Trent Edwards hit Chad Jackson with a bullet on a crossing route over the middle for a touchdown on a third down play.
"You always want to score," said Trent Edwards. "We had a minute and 20 seconds left and two timeouts. (Coach) called some plays and (we) completed some passes and a couple of timeouts to burn. Chan made a great call at the end there and Chad slipped behind the defender, and I just put it over the top and scored a touchdown. It's definitely encouraging and exciting going out on that note. I'm sure the defense didn't want us to score, but I'm glad we got the better of them today."
Head coach Chan Gailey felt that Trent Edwards improved as camp went along, but believes that was the case for all his signal callers.
"He got better," said Gailey of Edwards. "The good thing is all of them got better all the way down to Levi. Levi got better. If you can practice this long and not get better something is wrong with you. I feel like we got better with all four of them and they all made solid strides."
"I feel more comfortable in the huddle," said Edwards. "I feel more comfortable with the guys around me. There are plays that Chan calls that we've ran before and we've talked about. Early on in the preseason and in training camp, you're hearing calls for the first time. Now that we've gotten through it a couple of times, it's nice that you're getting in rhythm with guys. I really feel like we're progressing in the right direction."
On defense the players are just as excited about the potential on their side of the ball, as they now have a good feel for defensive coordinator George Edwards' scheme.
"Everything is starting to fit together and different concepts and how we can do multiple things from multiple looks with multiple people," said Chris Kelsay. "We've got a lot of talent on our side of the ball and really on this team as a whole. We can play fresh and mess with people's minds as far as offensive schemes and blocking assignments go, and if we can do that and our offense can keep us off the field we should have a good year."
As for his team as a whole, Gailey was generally pleased with the progress his team made over the past month, but wants to see more improvement in their mental focus on the field.
"I thought the guys worked hard," he said. "I told them I'm not sure we worked smart every day, but we worked hard every day. And we've got to learn to work both ways. Mentally we've got to be sharp every day. I thought we got a lax a little bit. Overall it was a good camp."
HighlightsThe defense got things going early with a handful of pass breakups during 7-on-7 red zone work. Terrence McGee had the first knocking away a potential touchdown pass from Trent Edwards that was intended for Lee Evans.
Reggie Corner had a pair of PBUs on back-to-back plays with the second coming against Roscoe Parrish, who has been supremely difficult to cover in this camp.
And Drayton Florence had an interception on the first play from scrimmage in 11-on-11 that he took the other way.
Offensively, Roscoe Parrish had a pair of touchdowns during red zone work on throw by Edwards and Levi Brown and has put together a promising camp that has Gailey eager to make use of him in the offense.
"I'm excited," said Gailey. "I'm not just comfortable, I'm excited about what Roscoe Parrish is going to bring to our football team. We're going to work to try to make sure he's a major part of this offense."
Naaman Roosevelt had a touchdown catch in the front left corner of the end zone on a throw from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Steve Johnson made a turning and twisting catch and got into the end zone for a touchdown on a throw from Levi Brown.
And Chad Jackson had the catch of the day with his aforementioned touchdown grab to cap the offense's two-minute drill drive.
The Bills head back to One Bills Drive in Orchard Park where they'll have a night practice in Ralph Wilson Stadium, which is closed to the public. It begins at 7:15 pm.