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Rookie Camp Practice Notes: Day 3

Rookie camp came to a conclusion shortly after noon on Sunday as Buffalo's young prospects completed their fifth practice session in three days. Overall head coach Dick Jauron was pleased with what he got out of his young players.

"It went pretty well," Jauron said. "We didn't have much team work. We had a little bit of 7-on-7. Our drafted guys and college free agents performed well. Our tryout guys were outstanding."

In fact of the 30 tryout players brought in for the weekend, Jauron believes anywhere from five to 10 players could be signed.

"Sometimes when you have a group tryout it can deteriorate pretty fast and this was really good," said Jauron. "I think there are some guys in this tryout group that we'll try to bring back, at least for our OTAs and maybe for training camp."

Some of the tryout players that performed well were running back Maurice Wells, strong safety Tyrrell Herbert, linebacker Solomon Elimimian, long snapper Garrison Sanborn and wide receivers De'Cody Fagg, Alonzo Phillips and Dominique Thompson.

To a man the rookies admitted they learned a lot and benefitted from the one-on-one coaching that the rookie camp provides.

"It went good," said Bills second-round pick Jairus Byrd. "I think I just came in and tried to get my feet wet on the terminology, the mental part of the game is the hardest. Then as far as just details. I think I need to work on my landmarks, stuff I went over with the coaches."

Bills top pick Aaron Maybin took it upon himself to break the huddle each day of practice and did so again at the close of the camp Sunday encouraging his fellow players to "go get it" if they want it badly enough. But by no means is Maybin looking to rule the roost when he returns in a couple of weeks for voluntary OTAs.

"As a young guy coming in, I'm only 21 years old," said Maybin. "I'm not arrogant enough to think that I'm going to come in and run everything inside out in this entire program. All I want to be able to do is come in and work as hard as I can, be able to get on the field and use my skill set to help this team in any way possible."

The final practice wrapped up with some 7-on-7 work. Most of the plays were short passes as the three tryout quarterbacks weren't trying to take too many chances. Tryout receiver De'Cody Fagg had three receptions during the 15-play series. Fellow tryout wideouts Dominique Thompson and Jon Davis also made a pair of catches on consecutive plays.

Defensively tryout linebacker Solomon Elimimian made a nice pass breakup on a pass down the seam intended for tryout tight end Cody Boyd. Bills sixth-round pick Cary Harris had a pass breakup as did 2008 practice squad linebacker Vince Hall.

Fourth-round pick Shawn Nelson also had a catch on an underneath route.

Undrafted free agent Danny Urrego and tryout kicker Richmond McGee got some of their most extensive place kicking work of the weekend at the start of the Sunday session.

Both kickers fared pretty well as they'd kick in intervals from 38, 42 and 48 yards. Urrego hooked a few while when McGee missed it was more of a fade.

But the majority of their attempts were through the uprights. Urrego has a quick compact approach to the ball. McGee, who stands 6'4" isn't as quick into the ball, but still generates good power. 

Buffalo's coaching staff will have players back on the field when voluntary OTAs begin on May 18.

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