1. Morse and Long to miss Wednesday practice
Bills C Mitch Morse has missed the last two days of practice. At Wednesday morning’s press conference, head coach Sean McDermott explained why Morse will be missing today’s practice and possibly more going forward.
“Mitch Morse is being held out of practice. He’s in concussion protocol,” said McDermott. “That came up yesterday.”
With Morse not participating in practice Tuesday, the Bills employed a three-player center-guard rotation during team segments with the starting unit, with Russell Bodine, Jon Feliciano and Spencer Long all rotating through from right guard to center and out.
However, Morse will be joined on the sidelines Wednesday by C/G Spencer Long due to knee soreness he sustained in practice Tuesday. Long did finish practice yesterday, but will not participate today.
So in the absence of Morse and Long, it’s anticipated that Bodine and Feliciano will see the bulk of the work at center and guard with the first unit.
2. LeSean McCoy excused from practice
The Bills will also be without starting tailback LeSean McCoy at practice Wednesday.
“LeSean McCoy will not practice,” said McDermott. “He’s been excused for personal reasons. It’s something we’ve known about for several days, so nothing unexpected.”
McDermott did not provide a timetable as to when McCoy would be back on the St. John Fisher campus for practice, but did say he did not expect McCoy’s absence to be a prolonged one.
Frank Gore and Devin Singletary are expected to pick up the workload with the starting unit with McCoy not on hand.
3. Ray-Ray McCloud making an impression
There’s no question it’s a deeper receiving corps that Buffalo brings to training camp this summer and jockeying for those last couple of roster spots will be a fierce battle.
In the early going at camp, one receiver who has impressed is second-year wideout Ray-Ray McCloud. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has not been shy in making use of McCloud’s top end speed and elusiveness in the short areas on offense.
He’s been the primary slot receiver behind Cole Beasley on the depth chart and has even earned the opportunity to spell Beasley for some reps with the starting unit.
“I think Ray-Ray McCloud has had a real nice training camp to this point, just with effort and doing the things we expect our wide receivers to do,” said McDermott. “You’ve got to get open, you’ve got to get separation and you’ve got to catch the football.”