1- OL Feliciano sidelined by shoulder ailment
Buffalo’s offensive line continues to deal with the injury bug. Head coach Sean McDermott provided information on the newest offensive lineman who will miss practice time due to injury.
“Jon Feliciano will not practice today,” he said. “He has a shoulder he is dealing with from practice the other night.”
In addition to Feliciano, the offensive line will also be missing Spencer Long, who has missed two of the last three practices with knee soreness. Center Mitch Morse also remains in concussion protocol.
Feliciano and Long are two of the guards who have spent a good deal of time getting reps with the starting unit.
Quinton Spain returned to practice Friday from a foot injury that kept him out of Thursday’s practice this past week, so he’s back manning the left guard position. Right guard candidates in the absence of Feliciano and Long include Wyatt Teller, De’Ondre Wesley, Vladimir Ducasse and Ike Boettger.
It’s also possible that Cody Ford sees some action at guard since he has experience at that position.
2- Mike Love took page out of Jerry Hughes book
There has been a noticeable up tick in the play of second-year DE Mike Love, who spent most of his rookie season on Buffalo’s practice squad.
Through the first week and a half of camp, Love has made a favorable impression and even got some first team reps late this past week in the absence of Trent Murphy at left defensive end.
Head coach Sean McDermott credits Love’s enhanced approach to being at a peak performance level physically.
“The thing I noticed the most with Mike is the way he’s transformed his body this offseason,” said McDermott. “He just looks like he’s put a lot of time into that and he’s reaped the dividends of that in the early part of training camp. He spends a lot of time in Jerry’s hip pocket to adjust to some of the habits that go with playing at a high level and that’s a good thing.”
Love has said that he has dropped six to seven pounds of bad body weight and feels faster off the edge as a result.
3- No timetable for injured TEs
Buffalo has eight tight ends on their training camp roster, an extraordinarily high number, but it’s due to the fact that they’re currently without three of their top players at that position in Tyler Kroft, Jason Croom and Dawson Knox.
As for a timetable for any of them to return, McDermott didn’t have any details.
“We’ll just take it one day at a time right now,” he said. “I’m anxious to get those guys back.”
Croom and Knox are working their way back from hamstring injuries. Kroft had surgery to repair a broken foot in the spring and has not been cleared to practice yet.
McDermott was pleased with the performance he got out of his healthy tight ends with Nate Becker and Tommy Sweeney making plays in the passing game most recently at Friday night’s practice.
“I really like what I saw the other night from that tight end group, the guys who were on the field,” he said. “I was impressed with how they handled themselves. Other than Lee (Smith) the rest of the guys out there for us don’t have much experience. Watching how those guys handle it in the run game, the pass game, I was very pleased with the way they played Friday night.”