Hold off on the rumors for now

Yes, Drew Bledsoe did reach up to his right shoulder at times after throwing passes on the first day of the Bills' orientation mini-camp.

 

But no, it wasn't hurting him. "Every time I grab my shoulder, don't read into that. I'm always touching it," he said, moving his left hand up to his right collarbone. "My arm felt OK.

"I haven't done a whole lot of throwing since the Super Bowl, so I'm a little rusty. That has been my practice forever. I'm not as accurate as I will be in the days to come."

Bledsoe unleashed a spiral some 40 yards down the right sideline during 11-on-11 drills, but overthrew new wide receiver/kick returner Charlie Rogers.

"He's got a really strong arm," smiling offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said of Bledsoe. "The guy hasn't been throwing at all except some snowballs at home in Montana. On that particular play, he read a two-deep zone and knew it was open."

Head coach Gregg Williams also was impressed with his new quarterback.

"It was nice to see him come out here and take charge in the huddle," Williams said. "I think it was important for our young guys to have him come out here and be a leader."

This camp is voluntary, and primarily for rookies and players new to the Bills. Bledsoe wasn't required to be present.

"I always have and I always will be there," he said. "Any time we're on the field and set up to play, I'll be there for that unless there are some circumstances that prevent me from being there."


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