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Top 3 things to know from Day 2 of Bills training camp


Day 2 of Bills training camp brought on and off showers throughout the entirety of practice. While the weather wasn't the best, there were definitely some plays to highlight with the defense picking up multiple interceptions and sacks.

Here are three things to know about Thursday's practice.

1. The multiplicity of the 2023 Bills offense

This year's offense offers a variety of options -- Stefon Diggs, Dawson Knox, Dalton Kincaid, Gabe Davis, James Cook, Deonte Harty, Trent Sherfield and more. These multiple positions and multiple players can help make this year's offense even harder to defend than last.

"That's what we really look for, whether it's Dalton, whether it's Harty who we signed, whether it's Trent Sherfield who we signed, all these guys have the ability to be used in different ways," second-year Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey said. "You look at not only Dalton but a guy like Trent and a guy like Harty, those guys who have both played inside and outside and they're multiple, they played X, Z and F, so I think those are always things that you look for so that you're not handcuffed."

The importance of the players who make up this year's offense isn't just their athleticism but their ability to play at and rotate through multiple positions within a game. We learned yesterday that Bills GM Brandon Beane believes the slot role could be a by committee position.

As all the combinations are fun to think about, one question we'll start to see answered as camp rolls on is the variety of ways that Knox and Kincaid can be used together.

"When we're in there at the same time, he plays the F, which is kind of like a slot guy, but you can also bring him in in line," Knox shared. "A little more versatility. I'll be more in line if we're both on the field. But at the same time, we like changing it up, where he goes in line, I spread out, and there might be a linebacker coming out to match me. So, it just adds a whole different layer that the defense has to prepare for, and it's gonna make it hard on the defensive coordinator."

In the last two days we've seen how tough it will be to defend Knox and Kincaid as they've made multiple plays on offense. During one play on Day 2, Allen threw Kincaid open with a perfectly placed passed ball – the timing of it all looked like the two were really in sync. Kincaid then turned it up the field for some extra yards as well for about a 50-yard gain.

"He's already a very natural route runner," Knox said of the rookie tight end. "Great feel for the defense, great hands. He's shifty. He's got some good speed. So I think his route running capability is already pretty incredible for being a rookie."

Allen linked up with Knox later on for longer gain on the sideline where Knox had to jump up in traffic and fight to bring the ball down. It was a great grab and looked like the TE just got his feet in bounds.

"I knew it was a catch," Knox laughed. "I don't know what he (McDermott) said. The defensive guys love to rip the ball out, no matter if you're jogging back from running down the field or whether you're on the ground, so I believe 100% it was a catch."

Knox also finished the day with a pass from Allen that went for a touchdown.

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2. Why Gabe Davis is ready for a bounce-back year

For much of last season wide receiver Gabe Davis was dealing with a nagging ankle injury. The WR played through much of the pain, but he admitted to media on Thursday after practice that the injury did have a big effect on his third NFL season.

"Hurting my ankle, the way I did, it was probably the worst one out of all of them just because I didn't even miss a game," Davis shared. "But for me, I just felt like I lost a step. Really couldn't do the things that I wanted to do that I was doing early that camp and then the first game or in practice and stuff. So it definitely was something that I was struggling with mentally just having that pain on my ankle, trying to figure out ways to get my head out of it and kind of just play my game."

While the WR had high expectations last year, he by no means had a bad season. Davis increased his numbers in every statistical category from 2021 to 2022 by recording 48 catches, 830 receiving yards, seven touchdowns and averaged 17.4 yards per reception.

Now heading into a contract year after an offseason to get healthy, Davis is feeling ready for Year 4.

"I feel great now," Davis said. "Ankle's 100%, body feels great. So, everything's on the up and up now."

The UCF product says he's approaching this year no different than last and plans to work hard in hopes of a great season on the field. His teammate, Stefon Diggs, thinks Davis is bound for a bounce-back season.

"I feel like Gabe Davis will have a breakout year," Diggs said. "I feel like he had got nicked up a little early last year, but I think this year he's gonna have an amazing year. He's damn near wide receiver one in my eyes. I feel like if I wasn't here, Gabe Davis would be a WR1 and it's something that I can hang my hat on when I say that. He's an extremely hard worker."

3. Interceptions, sacks and the best plays from practice

While there were several impressive plays on offense, the defense took the day with their slew of interceptions and sacks. Perhaps, they took advantage of the rainy conditions.

Early on in practice during 7 on 7, Josh Allen threw a pass intended for wide receiver Kahlil Shakir, but cornerback Cam Lewis went up with Shakir and was able to rip the ball away for an interception. Later on in 11 on 11, Allen threw a pass intended for wide receiver Trent Sherfield but Sherfield just missed the pass and safety Jordan Poyer was there for a diving interception. Shakir was targeted again for what looked like a completion, but it bounced out and linebacker Terrel Bernard did a great job of tracking the ball and grabbed it for an interception.

During the last period of practice, Kyle Allen tried to get it to wide receiver Tyrell Shavers, but safety Jared Mayden tipped the pass and cornerback Siran Neal was there to catch it for an interception.

Several defensive linemen picked up would-be sacks today. The team has not put on full pads yet, so they are not doing much tackling. Ed Oliver sacked Josh Allen, A.J. Epenesa and Shaq Lawson had back-to-back sacks on Kyle Allen and Shane Ray sacked Matt Barkley.

When it comes to the offensive highlights of Day 2, tight end Quintin Morris had the best play.

Kyle Allen tossed a ball toward the middle of the field that was tipped by A.J. Epenesa, but Morris jumped in and made a one-handed grab to catch the tipped ball and ran it into the end zone.

"It was insane," Knox said. "I think it got tipped, and it's wet too, so we saw some drops out there, which happens, it's day two. But especially it being wet, it's tough. So when it got tipped and then he brought it down with one hand, all of us just kind of looked at each other and ran down and celebrated with him. It was pretty awesome."

Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs continued to work on their connection throughout practice. Allen found Diggs near the sideline on one instance and Diggs made a diving grab to haul the pass in. Later on, Allen fired a short pass to Diggs who slipped by the defense for a nice gain. Allen perfectly fit the ball into a tight window and Diggs was there at the right time to make an impressive catch with his quick hands.

In one of the last periods, Kyle Allen found rookie wide receiver Justin Shorter in the corner of the end zone. Shorter showcased his length and athleticism by jumping up and grabbing the ball for a touchdown.

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