Feel-good football under the lights

Monday night's training camp session – the first evening training camp session in modern Bills history – was a made-for-TV event much like the Tiger Woods/David Duval/Annika Sorenstam/Karre Webb "Battle at Bighorn" golf match on ABC television.

There were tons of TV cameras and tons of interviews with fans who thought it was nice the Bills would allow them to come to camp to see the team in the evening.

It was "feel good" football. It was nice. It was a way to say thank-you.

Among players sitting out or seeing limited duty due to fatigue injuries – sore hamstrings have been popular – were cornerback Ken Irvin, running back Sammy Morris, free safety Travares Tillman and tight end Jay Riemersma. Cornerback Antoine Winfield was dressed but saw limited action because of a sore hamstring as well. Rookie tackle Jonas Jennings continues to be out with a quad pull and joining him are rookie middle linebacker Brandon Spoon (left knee sprain) and linebacker Corey Moore (left knee). Receiver Jeremy McDaniel twisted an ankle during passing drills and will be out for a few days. No one's injuries are believed to be serious . . .

The Bills' defense worked on nickel situations and blitzes and the offense worked on third-down situations and blitz pickups. Receiver Kwame Cavil scored a 60-yard-touchdown from Rob Johnson. Cavil lined up as flanker on a third down with rookie Jimmy Williams covering as the nickel back. When the offense did a good job picking up the blitz, Williams had released Cavil, expecting that he might get help from a free safety. But no one was around. Cavil ran through the middle, caught the pass and took off to score . . .

During two-minute, 11-on-11 drills, with the offense needing a touchdown to win the game, Rob Johnson's offense made two first downs, but the drive stalled after an incompletion on fourth down in defensive territory. During the next series, led by Alex Van Pelt, strongside linebacker DaShon Polk batted a pass that was caught by nickelback Jimmy Williams, who would have taken it for a score. Williams is ahead of first-round pick Nate Clements at this point. In fact, Williams is the backup to Antoine Winfield in the nickel package. Playing for Winfield at left corner was Lance Brown. Playing for Ken Irvin at right corner was Chris Watson. Clements has a lot of work ahead of him . . .

Antoine Winfield's Orchard Park home is up for sale. He and his wife, Erniece, are moving to the Houston area as soon as possible. In the off-season, the Winfields visited one of their relatives in Houston and fell in love with the place immediately. They like Houston because of the weather and they plan on getting a house with a swimming pool. Winfield thinks Orchard Park and his hometown of Akron, Ohio, aren't very exciting places to live.

The couple had their second child in May, a baby boy named Austin. They have two now and Winfield says two is enough. He added that his wife agrees with him.

Punter Brian Moorman kicked impressively Monday night. His punts must have gone at least 55 yards in the air. Of course, there wasn't much of a wind, but if he continues to do that, he should get the job.

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