Reed hot, plus mini-camp notes

It was Josh Reed day at the Bills' organized team activity on Tuesday. Reed caught everything thrown to him. Some balls were inaccurate and he still came up with the catch. If he can do that in the regular season – and there's no reason to think that he can't because last year he caught nearly everything aimed his way during games – people would forget about Peerless Price in a hurry …

Don't bother trying to get in touch with players on Tuesday night. They have yet another date at the bowling alley. Takeo Spikes said Gregg Williams wants – and even pushes – his players to hang out together, but it's the players who organize the activities because they're eager to build camaraderie.

"(Gregg) could want [us to do this] all day, but it's still us in the locker room [who run it]," Spikes said. "Say if me and Jonas [Jennings] go bowling and I beat Jonas, another guy might be like, ‘Oh, you can't beat me.' I say, ‘Show up, don't talk me to death.' And that's how it starts. You get one group of guys. We started after the first mini-camp with me, Jonas, Nate [Clements], Sammy Morris – all of us went – and then a couple of guys (rolled) in late, and then all of us had such a good time, we told everybody else, and then damn near half the team came back the next day.

"A day later Antoine [Winfield] and Pierson [Prioleau] were playing pool, and we were like, ‘We didn't know you guys were playing pool,' so in another half a day, everybody else is trying to play pool.' Everybody is trying to compete against each other."

Spikes said the players have been doing this every day since the voluntary off-season workouts began in late March. During mini-camps, he said that his teammates get together every other day.

"Nah, we didn't do (this in Cincinnati)," Spikes said. He then backed off that statement, saying there were off-field activities among Bengals, but they didn't draw nearly as many players as in Buffalo. "You'd only get about five or six guys, and it was usually the same guys.

"If you want to be successful and know the guy beside you, you have to step out of your own line and go into his world and try to figure out what makes him tick." …

During practice, left end Keith McKenzie picked off a Travis Brown pass at the line and returned it for a touchdown. Brown also had London Fletcher nearly intercept a pass, but Fletcher juggled it and rookie free agent Antonio Brown caught it. Overall, this was another woeful day for the backup quarterbacks. Brown, Alex Van Pelt and rookie free agent Jason Johnson looked shoddy, often overthrowing and underthrowing their intended targets …

McKenzie is coming off a tough year. He signed a big free agent contract with the Bears in 2002, but played so poorly that they released him during the season. He attributed his down season to two things. First, he rushed to come back from a ghastly broken ankle he suffered in Cleveland in 2001 – the final year of his contract. Second, he wasn't a good fit for the Bears defense.

"It's more built for bigger D-linemen," McKenzie said. "It's a 4-3, but it's a two-gap defense where you need big ends like Bryan Robinson and Philip Daniels. I really didn't fit well in that scheme. It didn't utilize the things that I had done."

McKenzie is known for his speed. Certainly, the ankle injury didn't help him in the speed department, but he's not concerned.

"I feel great now," he said. "I don't feel quite like I did before I got hurt. I don't think I'll ever feel that way because I have a plate in my ankle right now, and it's not the same. It went through a big trauma when I broke it."

McKenzie admitted he lost some quickness – not from the ankle – but from being an eight-year veteran. He said he's compensated for that by being a veteran and knowing how to play in the NFL.

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