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Quick Hits: Battle at wide receiver may be heating up


It's the third and final week of training camp for the Bills at St. John Fisher. And if you were thinking the Bills might be ready to make big changes in their quarterback rotation this week—guess again.

It's business as usual, head coach Sean McDermott said Sunday before the Bills took the field for practice.

"You guys get the gist by now, right?" McDermott answered, when asked about his quarterback plans this week. "We'll take it one day at a time. You'll see the rotation out there today, you'll see Josh (Allen) working with different groups, the way he did before. It's a great competition. All three of them played well the other night. We like the progression of what they've done since the spring."

Allen has worked primarily with the third team during the first few weeks of camp. But he has had reps with the second team as well.

McDermott has said he has a timetable in mind for when he wants to have a decision on his starting quarterback for the season opener September 9. That's four weeks, and three preseason games, away.


After Kelvin Benjamin, the Bills appear to have a wide-open battle for roster spots at wide receiver. And this week, there are a couple of new entrants for the spot.

Third-year veteran Corey Coleman is a week removed from his trade from the Browns to the Bills. He participated in his first workout with Buffalo last Tuesday at camp, but most of the team's focus was on getting the other wideouts ready to play the Panthers.

Now, another week of camp, and Coleman is expected to see the field quite a bit. The Bills want to see his 4.37 speed on display in an effort to get that dimension into their passing game.

McDermott says Coleman will get plenty of looks in the next few days.

"My expectations at this point is getting him integrated into our wide receiving corps," McDermott said. "Seeing how he fits. Now he's started to soak in the system and we'll go out there today and get a good look at him."

Second-year wideout Zay Jones is getting team reps again today, even though he still wears the non-contact jersey. The Bills aren't ready to throw him into full contact work yet, as he continues to bounce back from offseason surgery. But they can watch him run routes and play with the first team. 

Both Jones and Coleman have to be considered candidates for the roster spots in the Bills wide receiver picture.


Veteran DT John Hughes was released this weekend with an injury settlement after he injured his groin in the first preseason game.

Both Star Lotulelei and Marquavius Lewis are on the sidelines today suffering from minor injuries. That's why Buffalo moved to sign veteran Tyrunn Walker to the roster.

He's in his seventh NFL season. Walker played all 16 games with four starts, last season with the Rams. And before that, he played with the Saints and Lions.

Early in this training camp, the Bills brought in Walker for a workout with some other defensive linemen. And head coach Sean McDermott says that workout was what put him on Buffalo's radar.

"He played before. We got a feel for him two weeks ago with a couple of other guys we brought in for a workout. It's good to have an awareness of what he did two weeks back."