Williams vs. Clements: Day 1 of holdout

Is Gregg Williams' concerned that top-pick Nate Clements is not present? Kind of. Williams has constantly stated and restated that he'll coach the players who are with the team. He'd prefer Clements to be in camp, but there's nothing he or his coaches can do except talk about how much rookies who hold out are missing.

Like all draft picks, Clements wants to sign a great deal. Holding out is his leverage. Nothing wrong with that. The only thing is that Clements is not being coached. Suffice it to say he won't have much of a shot at supplanting Ken Irvin on opening day . . .

Rob Johnson and Eric Moulds did not get together at Johnson's California home like they had planned to in the weeks leading up to training camp. Johnson worked out and relaxed during those six weeks. He also rehabbed his throwing elbow at a medical facility where major league baseball pitchers often go. Johnson has nagging bursitis, but it's not an injury that will keep him out of games, so don't go rolling your eyes and saying, ‘Aww crap, here we go again. It's not even Day 2 of training camp and he's already hurt.' . . .

Being the fourth-year of his five-year contract – the most pivotal year for high-priced veterans – Johnson said either he'll have a good season and get a contract extension in the off-season or he'll be traded or cut because it would probably cost the Bills too much to pay him the amount of his contract in year 5. The Bills quarterback is showing a refreshing propensity to say what he's really thinking . . .

Linebacker Corey Moore, who was put on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, was working out with trainers. He was testing his lateral movement and his speed burst. He doesn't look like he's limping and he should be ready shortly . . .

Versatile rookie David Dinkins, who started out at cornerback then moved to quarterback and now is practicing with the running backs, is an intriguing prospect to Williams. Dinkins was mostly a "running" quarterback at Moorehead State, but the Bills think he can ultimately be a good special-teamer. Williams said, "Keep in mind that with the final three guys at a position, it won't matter as much about what they can do at the position, but what they do on special teams." . . .

Williams totally is a new-age football coach. He talked about how important "spaced repetitions" are for rookies and their learning curves. It means simply having time between repetitions so the information gets absorbed at a more careful pace. Williams has set his camp up in phases. Once a phase is complete, the team will move on and revisit that phase later in camp. And there won't be any special revisitations because a player such as Clements is not available. The whole system allows information to settle in the players' minds. Williams is like Sigmund Freud . . .

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