What to watch for in Bills-Browns joint practices


1 – Intensity levelTo a man every player on both rosters knows that the level of intensity is going to increase when there's a different colored helmet and jersey on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Players on the whole like it because it breaks up the monotony of training camp practices and offers something different. The coaches benefit because it provides them with a more effective means to evaluate players. And the fans win because the pride factor between teams raises the level of everyone's play.

2 – MatchupsThe one-on-one matchups are always fun to watch from the sidelines especially when one player gets the better of the other. That only ratchets up the determination of the beaten player to come back and win the next play. Among the better matchups to watch include Joe Haden on Sammy Watkins, Donte Whitner on Charles Clay, Jerry Hughes vs. Joe Thomas and Marcell Dareus vs. Alex Mack.

3 – QB consistencyThrough two weeks of camp the three quarterbacks in the Bills competition for the starting job have grown accustomed to the capabilities of their own defensive backs. That's all out the window now as they'll be facing a defense with completely different personnel. The signal callers who can remain consistent in their decision making and with their accuracy will only help their standing in the race.

4 – Goal lineKnowing how much Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine want to be recognized for having tough, physical football teams, you've got to believe there will at least a couple of goal line series over the course of the two days. Down on the two or three-yard line is where things really get heavy and the jaw jacking quickly follows. Big time collisions and a big test of wills is often seen here more than anywhere else on the field.

5 – RB repsWhile the Browns roll in a host of running backs on their roster for these two days of practice sessions, the Bills come in shorthanded. Buffalo has three healthy backs in LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams and Bronson Hill. Fred Jackson and Boobie Dixon are still out and Bryce Brown tweaked a hamstring in practice Sunday. Rex Ryan said he thinks Brown will be ready to face the Browns, but if not the reps will need to be carefully monitored and return man Marcus Thigpen may have to pull some double duty again and take some carries.

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