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Top 3 things to know from Day 7 at 2021 Bills training camp

Tremaine Edmunds (49). Buffalo Bills Training Camp. August 5, 2021. Photo by Bill Wippert
Tremaine Edmunds (49). Buffalo Bills Training Camp. August 5, 2021. Photo by Bill Wippert

The Bills are almost through two weeks of training camp practices with their first preseason game just eight days away. It was another padded practice for the team's seventh day of Bills camp.

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

1. Ike Boettger back in the swing of things and other injury updates

Offensive guard Ike Boettger was activated off the Reserve/Covid-19 list on Thursday. It was Boettger's first practice after missing six days of camp. The offensive lineman didn't much time to ease into practices as Thursday's was in pads.

Boettger was thrown right into the mix and had a good share of reps on his first day back. On one play, Boettger had a nice block that allowed running back Zack Moss get downfield on a screen pass from Josh Allen. Boettger is working for valuable reps as he prepares for his fourth season with the Bills. Last season, he played in 12 games and started in a career-high seven games at left guard. With 16 players in the offensive line group, it's important to take advantage of every moment and Boettger didn't miss a beat on his first day of practice.

Tight end Jacob Hollister was back today after being sidelined with a back injury. Hollister has been sidelined since Thursday, July 29.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) and guard Forrest Lamp (calf) did not practice on Thursday. Running back Christian Wade (shoulder) exited practice early.

Scroll through to see the best photos from Day 7 of Bills training camp, presented by Connors & Ferris.

2. Tremaine Edmunds' strong start to camp

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he wants to see more game-changing plays out of linebacker Tremaine Edmunds this season. Edmunds looks like he will have several this season with his strong start to camp.

Frazier said the biggest difference this year is his confidence.

"His confidence level is very high," Frazier explained. "And a lot of it has to do with the fact that he's been in this system now for a while. He also knows that the coaching staff really believes in him along with his teammates."

During Thursday's practice Edmunds had an interception where he showcased his catching ability in coverage as he fell to the ground. The linebacker also had a nice pass break up against Stefon Diggs. He also batted down a pass a few days ago. The young leader has put together a nice string of highlights through the first seven practices.

Linebacker Tyler Matakevich calls him the leader of the defense.

"Every day, whatever way he's going, everyone's going that way," Matakevich said. "His energy, and his work ethic, it truly is amazing. I was with both his other brothers in Pitt. Now I'm with him here and it's just unbelievable how good he really is. His size and his athletic ability, just his playmaking ability. It really is amazing."

3. Best plays of practice No. 7

There were several highlight reel worthy plays from Thursday's practice. Wide receiver Jake Kumerow, who has had a great camp, impressed during one-on-ones. Kumerow was targeted twice by Josh Allen and pulled in both passes against cornerback Tre'Davious White. The undrafted receiver put his size, quickness and hands on display as he was tightly covered by White.

The offense had an elite first week of camp but now that the pads are on, the defense has gotten feisty. Linebacker Joe Giles-Harris had a fumble recovery and an interception. Giles-Harris spent the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and played in 14 games.

Safety Tariq Thompson also had an interception. The pass was caught by Quinton Morris, but Andre Smith knocked it out and Thompson was there to pick it off. It was Thompson's second interception of camp.

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