1 - Henderson, Incognito return
Buffalo's offensive line got a nice boost on the field Monday night as both OT Seantrel Henderson and LG Richie Incognito returned to the practice field. Henderson had been out the past eight months with a digestive tract illness that cut his 2015 season short and cost him his starting job. Henderson was glad to be back on the field.
"I was just ready to get back in and get the rust off and like I said it's been a long time and just get back in there and be a good teammate," Henderson said.
Perhaps even more important was the return of starting LG Richie Incognito, who missed almost three weeks with a rib injury.
"It's good to be back," said Incognito. "Anytime you get hurt in camp and you take some time off the guys are on you, and they've been on me non-stop. So it's good to be back and to quiet down all that chatter."
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Chief among the chatterers was linemate Eric Wood who joked that Incognito had to earn his starting job back.
"We put him with the threes, but he had a good block in the red zone so I told him he might've earned his starting spot back," said Wood.
Also returning to practice Monday were CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, WR Greg Salas and DL Alameda Ta'Amu.
2 - Powell makes playsBuffalo's wide receiver position has been one of the most hotly contested through the course of training camp. A handful of wideouts have almost taken turns making plays in practice or in the team's first two preseason games. On Monday night Walt Powell stepped forward.
Powell first pulled in a 40-yard pass as he extended his arms as far as he could to reel in a pass down the right sideline from EJ Manuel.
Later in practice when the second unit was running a two-minute drill, Manuel again found Powell, this time down near the left sideline. Manuel threw a perfect pass over the corner and underneath the safety as Powell pulled the ball in over his shoulder for a 25-yard pickup to set up first-and-goal at the five-yard line.
Powell has done everything in training camp and the preseason to make himself a part of the conversation. He's a legitimate consideration for the 53-man roster.
3 - Carpenter closes strongHe only handled kickoff duties in Buffalo's preseason game against the Giants last Saturday, but on Monday night during field goal drills the veteran kicker was the only one to kick.
Carpenter was a perfect nine-for-nine on his attempts from 26 to 47 yards away. Since August 2nd Carpenter went 52-55 (94.5%) on field goal attempts with his only misses coming from 38, 45 and 51 yards away.
His success rate is in stark contrast to last summer's training camp where he was forced to sit for the first three weeks due to a hamstring injury.
Bonus notes:Back in the lineup, Nickell Robey-Coleman re-assumed his starting nickel corner role. Rookie Kevon Seymour manned the job while Coleman was out.
After sitting out last Saturday's preseason game, Sammy Watkins practiced fully on Monday. He made a nice touchdown reception tight-roping the goal line and the sideline in the front right corner of the end zone during a red zone segment.
With Stephon Gilmore getting most of the night off during team work, Corey White, who had a team-leading four pass breakups last Saturday was his replacement with the starting unit.
Shaq Lawson did work on the side with the strength and conditioning staff during practice. It was mainly lower body work with explosion work and ladders.