All about the last day of mini-camp

The Bills held their final day of orientation mini-camp for rookies, first-year players and select veterans. The offense worked on a lot of third-down plays, while the defense worked in its nickel and 46 packages. Erik Flowers, Brandon Spoon and Chris Watson weren't present. Jeremy McDaniel was sitting out with a tweaked right hamstring.

 

Here are some observation straight from my notebook: In individual safety drills, Coy Wire shows excellent backpedaling, hips and acceleration in backing up and pursuing a pass … Free agent James Cotton is listed as a defensive end, but is playing strongside linebacker. He played in the CFL as a defensive end … Free agent defensive tackle Demetrious Maxie was wearing some kind of black skin-tight warmup pants underneath his shorts – not unlike the body suit Darryl Talley used to wear. It was kind of muggy in the fieldhouse, so I imagine Maxie was very hot …

Fifth-round pick defensive tackle Justin Bannan was playing strongside tackle, but he has some work to do if he is going to be competing for the starting job. That makes getting a veteran defensive tackle imperative. Buffalo lost out to the Jets for Larry Webster. And second-year man Tyrone Robertson need to improve if he has designs on starting there too … DaShon Polk, playing inside linebacker in the 46, had a nice pass breakup on a ball from Drew Bledsoe intended for tight end Brady McDonnell. It drew the praise of Gregg Williams …

Travis Brown hooked up with rookie free agent Clarence Coleman on a deep sideline route. Coleman had beaten sixth-round draft choice, corner Kevin Thomas, who failed to control the receiver at the line of scrimmage. This is something Thomas has to learn. He was quick enough in college to play man, but he is going to have to be more physical in the NFL …

Drew Bledsoe threw a perfect bomb to Charlie Rogers, beating corner Jason Bostic and strong safety Coy Wire in double coverage. Rogers is likely the fifth receiver behind Moulds, Price, Reed and Germany … A rushing DaShon Polk was no match for Mike Williams. Williams moved his feet well and engulfed him with his arms. He also rode Ryan Denney nicely outside on a pass play by Bledsoe …

Mike Williams is going back to Texas to work out and follow a plan created by strength and conditioning coordinator Rusty Jones. He said he needs to improve conditioning so he doesn't get hurt in training camp. On wind sprints at the end of the first two days of camp, Williams had to be encouraged by coaches to finish up strong. Williams will be a great player if he can improve endurance.


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