1. Mitch Morse full go for minicamp
Buffalo’s premium free agent this offseason has not been a full participant during the OTA practice sessions the past three weeks, but that all changed on Tuesday.
Center Mitch Morse, who is expected to be the starter in the pivot for the Bills, is full go for mandatory minicamp this week.
“He will be out there and he is full go today,” said head coach Sean McDermott.
Morse did get some non-contact work during the final week of OTA practices, and said he expected to be cleared for this week and that has proven to be the case.
2. Robert Foster among new non-participants at minicamp
There was a sizable list of non-participants for the start of Buffalo’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, headlined by a few new additions like Robert Foster and Jon Feliciano.
Head coach Sean McDermott read off the list before practice.
“Robert Foster, Zay Jones, Jason Croom, Tyler Kroft, Ike Boettger, Jon Feliciano, Quinton Spain, Jeremiah Sirles,” he said. “All those players will be out for practice today.”
Per McDermott, Foster is dealing with a foot injury. As for a timetable for the receiver’s return to full health, Buffalo’s head coach provided an outline on a prognosis.
“We don’t think (it’s long term), but it’s still early on in the process,” he said.
The injury occurred last week in OTA practices.
3. Trent Murphy looks like a different player
Trent Murphy’s first season in Buffalo was largely about getting his feet back under him after suffering a torn ACL the season prior. Now entering his second season with the Bills, he’s flashing more on the field in the spring practices and it has the coaching staff excited about what he can bring to the team’s pass rush.
Coach McDermott has seen a different Murphy as well.
“He just looks like he’s in a different mental space, another year removed from where he was last year when we first got him here,” McDermott said. “There’s a lot that goes into that. Just what I’ve observed is he’s worked his butt off before he came back here and since he’s been back. From a leadership standpoint he has led in his own way, probably different than others, but effective nonetheless. He’s a big part of what we plan to do in affecting the quarterback. I really appreciate what he brings to the table.”
Murphy has been lining up as the team’s starting left defensive end throughout the spring practices opposite Jerry Hughes.