1 – Players say it's clean slate for LB IK EnemkpaliHe won't arrive on the St. John Fisher campus until Thursday, but Bills players were already saying that being added to Buffalo's roster will be a new beginning for Enemkpali.
"We are trying to get better and that's what those guys are doing," said Fred Jackson in reference to team management. "They're looking for anybody that can make us better and he happens to be a guy that they believe in. So when he gets here, he's got a clean slate with us. We'll see how everything works out, but I'm excited to have him."
"IK is a good guy," said FB John Conner, who played with Enemkpali last year in New York. "From the time I was there, he was a rookie who soaked in as much knowledge as he could. I just remember him being a tough player, a tough practice player as well. A guy that I went against quite often in practice and he was just always tough to go against."
2 – Taylor second in the rotationWhile it's clear that Matt Cassel will be the starter on Friday night against Carolina, there has been no confirmation as to who will follow him at quarterback in the team's first preseason game. If Wednesday night's practice was any indication it will be Tyrod Taylor.
Taylor was the second man through in the quarterback rotation all night, and got the remaining reps with the starting unit when Matt Cassel rotated out. The offensive staff was also working in some of his read option running capabilities on some play calls, but as of Wednesday night Taylor didn't know if he'd be the second man in on Friday night.
"I'm just taking the reps one by one and going out there and looking forward to competing on Friday," said Taylor. "Our defense gives us a real good look in practice as far as what we're going to see. So I'm looking forward to playing with whichever unit I'm with."
3 – Henderson handling right tackleLast week at this time Seantrel Henderson had an opportunity with Cyrus Kouandjio stepping out of practice early due to knee soreness. Even though Kouandjio returned to practice the following day, Henderson hasn't missed a rep with the first team and Kouandjio has spent the past week with the second unit. If offensive coordinator Greg Roman's sentiments are any indication, Henderson has a firm hold on the starting right tackle job.
"I think Seantrel has made leaps and bounds since (the spring)," said Roman. "He came in in-shape and has been a true professional day in and day out. And from a fundamentals standpoint, I know that sounds boring, but it's actually very important, from a fundamentals standpoint he's been very, very, very impressive in terms of the steps he's taken."
Bonus notes:During two-minute drill the defense had the better of the play. Matt Cassel's drive ended out of field goal range on a failed fourth down attempt. Tyrod Taylor's drive wound up in field goal range at the 25-yard line. EJ Manuel's drive ended up out of field goal range as well. The defense logged a pair of sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a pass breakup on the three series.
* W Percy Harvin had a rest day Wednesday. It's not expected to impact his availability for Friday's game.
DL Alex Carringtonwas held out of practice with rotator cuff soreness. He worked on the side with athletic trainers.
LG Richie Incognito and DT Kyle Williams missed practice again on Wednesday. Both are question marks for Friday's game. Head coach Rex Ryan said if there's any question they'll hold them out. Kraig Urbik and Corbin Bryant were their replacements again in practice Wednesday.