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Top 3 things to know from Day 5 at 2021 Bills training camp

Mitch Morse (60), Ed Oliver (91). Buffalo Bills Training Camp. August 2, 2021. Photo by Bill Wippert
Mitch Morse (60), Ed Oliver (91). Buffalo Bills Training Camp. August 2, 2021. Photo by Bill Wippert

The Bills were back at it again on Monday for their fifth day of camp on a sunny morning in Orchard Park. The Bills will have their first practice in full pads on Tuesday and followed by an off day on Wednesday. 

Here are three things to know from Monday's practice.

1. Mitchell Trubisky connects with Isaiah Hodgins for the play of the day

The offense as a whole looked very sharp on Monday as the receivers caught almost everything thrown their way throughout practice. Isaiah Hodgins produced a number of decent catches and has been showing the coaches what he can do on the field after an injury-plagued rookie season.  

The second-year wide receiver had the best catch of practice on Monday. Mitchell Trubisky threw a beautiful deep ball down the middle to Hodgins who beat Dane Jackson and Josh Thomas in coverage. Hodgins made an impressive over-the-shoulder catch and showed that he can get separation from the defensive backs.

Trubisky has been very consistent throughout the beginning of his first training camp with the Bills. He throws a tight spiral, has been accurate with his passes and isn't afraid to use his legs to extend a play. Josh Allen said last week that he is glad that Trubisky is here in Buffalo and that the two have quickly become good friends. Before Monday's practice, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll noted that while Trubisky was signed here to fill the backup quarterback role, there is a lot that he brings to the team.

"Mitch has been a really good addition since he's been here," Daboll said. "A guy that's played 50-some games. Has seen a lot of football. Standing back at that position, it's different than watching it from the press box, or watching it from the sideline, or anything like that. So, there are things that have happened to him throughout his young career so far that I think can help Josh and assist Josh, and vice-versa."

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2. Bills running backs have a selfless mindset

Throughout the start of camp, the Bills running backs have had an equal share of the workload. Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and Matt Breida all have come to camp hungry and with something to prove. Singletary is feeling good mentally and physically going into year three. Moss wants to prove that he can bounce back stronger after the ankle injury he suffered in the postseason. And while Breida is still getting an understanding of the playbook, he has showcased his speed early throughout camp. The group has a mindset of one for all and all for one as their shared goal is to win the Super Bowl. 

They are all working hard to be the best versions of themselves, but all share a selfless mindset when it comes to the starting job. 

"We use it to help each other, for one," Singletary stated. "It's the game of football, there's always competition. … No matter if I'm starting, Breida's starting, Zack is starting, it don't matter. As long as we're helping each other win, helping the team win, that's what matters at the end of the day."

Singletary and Moss are both from South Florida and being around the same age, they are as close as brothers. Instead of being worried about the starting job, their main focus is about stacking good days on good days and finding ways to make each other better.  

"We just come together and work because we know what the end goal is," Moss said on Saturday. "It's like if he's the starting running back and we win the Super Bowl, fine, if I'm the starting running back and we win the Super Bowl, fine. Either way, we know what the end goal is, and we just want to help this team get better every day."

3. Spencer Brown making the most of his opportunity

Even though the pads aren't on just yet, the Bills offensive line has been solid to start camp. The group has been without Dion Dawkins and Ike Boettger, with both players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list since last Wednesday. On Monday morning, Brandon Beane said on WGR 550 that he expects both Dawkins and Boettger back on the field this week if they pass all the NFL's Covid protocols. Boettger was in attendance for Monday's practice but did not participate. Beane said he is eager to get both linemen back into the mix. 

Rookie Spencer Brown has been taking advantage of the extra reps made available by Dawkins' absence. Daboll has liked what he has seen from Brown so far but knows that there still is a lot of work to be done. 

"Been happy with these last four days," Daboll said. "Again, he's gotten better each and every day. And that's all that these young guys, that's all anybody can do. But he has a good skillset and he's got traits that we covet. Now it's our job to try to develop him the best we can."

This year as a safety precaution, the offensive and defensive linemen have been wearing Guardian padded caps on top of their helmets to limit concussions. Mitch Morse, who has suffered concussions during his career appreciates the extra step the team has made to keep their players safe. 

"At first, I just saw it on my helmet," Morse said. "So, I'm like, 'damn, is this some kind of a subliminal message?' But it's something that I'm very comfortable with and then we tried it on and of course, we gave each other hell for how it looks. But then after one practice, I looked at Justin Zimmer, I'm like 'Man, I know we were getting after it, and I didn't feel anything.'... I think for the little hits here and there, especially in these practices, I really enjoy those."

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