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Top 3 things we learned from Day 12 of Bills Training Camp


The Bills are packed up and headed back to Buffalo after finishing their final practice of training camp at St. John Fisher University. With their first preseason game on the horizon and a dozen training camp practices in the rearview mirror, here are the top things to know from Day 12.

Head Coach Sean McDermott's parting thoughts

McDermott spoke to the media before practice on a rainy Thursday morning, noting that the weather would not change his plans for the helmet-only training session. The Bills head coach gave an update on some of the players who have missed practice due to injury.

Edge rusher Von Miller and linebacker Tyler Matakevich remain on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list while tailback Damien Harris (knee soreness), cornerback Cam Lewis (groin) and fullback Reggie Gilliam (groin) also missed practice. Defensive tackle Ed Oliver returned to practice after missing yesterday's session with back soreness.

McDermott called this training camp a "productive" one, expressing his gratitude to St. John Fisher University for hosting.

"It's always good to come up here, the way we're treated and see our fanbase in Western New York in the Rochester area in particular and beyond and very thankful for how the St. John Fisher staff welcomes us with open arms," McDermott said.

McDermott has long expressed his belief that leaving Orchard Park and spending time in a true training camp environment is beneficial to creating chemistry amongst a team. He thinks that the team is coming together in and out of the locker room.

"I think this is a pretty close-knit group of guys and hopefully the locker room will continue to evolve over the course of the season," McDermott said. "I feel like we've accomplished some of what we wanted to accomplish and that'll continue to build, that chemistry, that rapport, the camaraderie will continue to build through the course of the season."

McDermott also gave updates on his plan for projected starters’ roles in the upcoming preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Kyle Allen adjusting to Buffalo's system

Quarterback Kyle Allen, who alongside Matt Barkley will backup Josh Allen this season, spoke after Thursday's practice. The quarterback is going into his sixth season in the NFL and his first in Buffalo. Like McDermott, Allen appreciated the retreat to St. John Fisher.

"I like coming here and just having everything here and from whenever you wake up to at night you're just with the team, with the boys and it's been great," Allen said. "This camp has been one of my favorite ones."

As Allen was signed just under five months ago, he said that training camp provided him with opportunities to grow accustomed to the offensive playbook.

"This was a big training camp for me," Allen said. "I need reps in this offense. So, I thought I got a ton of reps, installed a ton of stuff over the last 15 days and I think it was big for me to still work through things and figure out how I fit in this offense."

Kyle Allen cited working with Josh Allen as a big reason behind his improving comfort in the Bills offense, saying that the starting quarterback "sees things differently on a lot of plays." With McDermott confirming that Josh Allen will not play Saturday, Kyle Allen should see plenty of playing time. He believes that the way the Bills practice has prepared him for the game this weekend.

"I think the way we train here," Allen said. "We make practice really hard from a play call, from a situation standpoint so that when we get to the game, we have our refined stuff that we know we're gonna go and we'll be confident."

Notes from the final practice at SJF

Even with no pads on for Day 12, there was still excitement in the team drills and one-on-one matchups.

CB Tre'Davious White and WR Stefon Diggs split matchups in the first one-on-one drill, with White nearly intercepting Josh Allen's first attempt to Diggs but getting beat by a few steps in their following matchup en route to a touchdown from Diggs.

In an 11-on-11 drill, the defense forced three straight incompletions from Allen, with Micah Hyde getting a nice pass breakup on Allen's first attempt to set the tone for the short drill.

In the final team drill of practice, Allen completed four of his five attempts, all to either Dawson Knox or Dalton Kincaid. Kincaid caught a touchdown pass that was initially tipped at the line by defensive tackle Tim Settle.

The defense also accounted for a few would-be sacks, with DaQuon Jones "sacking" Josh Allen and Kingsley Jonathan getting to Matt Barkley. Jonathan also scooped up a Matt Barkley fumble and took it to the house.

The Bills will take the field at Highmark Stadium Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. vs. Indianapolis.

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