Quick Hits: QB rotation remains the same

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1 - QB rotation remains the same

As 'The Return of the Blue & Red,' presented by Bud Light, was approaching, veteran quarterback A.J. McCarron took two straight days of first-team reps. However, Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott emphasized that the decision was strictly to even out the repetitions with the three quarterbacks.

"It was part of the plan from the beginning," said McDermott. "Because we went red zone, we wanted to make sure that Nate [Peterman] and A.J. [McCarron] had time in the red zone. If we stuck with the normal rotation, Nate [Peterman] would have gone again."

McDermott reiterated that the decision was based on the quarterback rotation that was decided on prior to the start of training camp at St. John Fisher. 

"A.J. [McCarron] was yesterday, so Nate will be out there with the first-team tonight," he said. "Like I've said before, nothing has changed yet."

McDermott praised all three quarterbacks as they continue to compete against one another.

"All three quarterbacks have a lot to offer," said McDermott. "All three have work to do as well."

Bills fans will be able to enjoy the quarterback competition for at least a little longer as the Bills' brass has been consistent in their approach heading into 2018.

2 - Live tackling at New Era Field

Throughout training camp, most physicality is reserved in an attempt to prevent injuries. Conversely, the Bills will enjoy their first session of live-tackling tonight. Head coach Sean McDermott recently detailed his plans to include more physicality.

"I hope I'm not," McDermott joked after being asked if he was going to take part in live tackling drills. "We will do some live tackling tonight, that is the plan at least." 

The Bills have incorporated some physicality early on in training camp with one-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, but practices have remained mostly contact-free. McDermott stated that the team is excited to get back in front of the hometown fans, and to get a taste of how players will play in front of a larger crowd.

3 - Injury update

As the first preseason game swiftly approaches, Sean McDermott gave some insight into the injuries incurred by some players. One of the first players McDermott addressed was Zay Jones, who is currently on the NFI list as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.

"He's progressing nicely," said McDermott. "Other than that, there is no update on Zay."

As Jones remains on track with his return, McDermott noted that Trent Murphy will be held out of tonight's practice as well. 

"Trent will be held out again today with the groin situation," he said. "He will just be day-to-day at this point."

Along with players being held out due to injury, some veteran players have been given maintenance days in order to keep them fresh moving forward. 

"The vet days tonight will be LeSean [McCoy], Kyle [Williams], Lorenzo [Alexander], Charles Clay," said McDermott. 

McDermott also listed those who will not practice in addition to those given maintenance days. 

"Quan Bray and Andre Holmes will not practice tonight," he said.

McDermott did not give a reason for the absence of Bray and Holmes, but he advised that they have a plan in place to get them back on the field as soon as possible.

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