Mini-camp, plus Riemersma says current deal is it

Sometimes people come up to me and ask, "Mike, what do you write in your reporter's notebook? I see you write in that thing like a man possessed, what's inside?"

 

Well, let me tell you. I write ideas and observations. I write down the Bills personnel on certain downs to get an idea of the full-team depth chart and where the players stand in the hierarchy. Of course, the coaches will downplay the depth chart's importance in the off-season, but I think that's bunk. The depth chart is always a great way to communicate to a player his standing and importance to the team, no matter what time of year.

Here's what I wrote today in my notebook while covering Wednesday's mini-camp session, in no apparent order …

Jay Riemersma didn't practice and said his hamstring is still acting up. Riemersma said he is going to play under his current contract. Tom Donahoe said that Riemersma's agent Jack Wirth stated to him, "There is nothing to talk about." Donahoe seemed a bit put-off by the negotiations. Buffalo does not need more cap space to sign its rookies, but the manner in which Donahoe explained the situation tells me that if the team wants to bring in an additional free agent sometime, it might not have any qualms about cutting the veteran tight end at this point …

Jim Kelly was present. He was wearing Bills-issued shorts and socks with matching blue Nike basketball sneakers. Kelly pretty much rules the roost when he's around. Everybody talks to him. He's like the man, you know? He can walk anywhere inside the Bills office building and practice facility like he practically owns the place. I often wonder what that would be like – to be a king like that. I guess it's probably the same feeling I get when I sit in the shed in back of my house …

During seven-on-seven, Antoine Winfield bit on Drew Bledsoe's fake pump while covering Eric Moulds, allowing Moulds to get by him on a fly pattern. But Bledsoe threw a weak lob, and the ball was picked off by free safety Travares Tillman, who came over to help Winfield …

It wasn't a particularly good day for quarterback accuracy and receiver concentration. I saw a lot of drops, bad passes, tipped passes and at least four interceptions – from Drew Bledsoe and Travis Brown (both have seen better days; Brown has not been particularly sharp this camp) – in addition to Tillman, Nate Clements, linebacker Fred Jones and strong safety Billy Jenkins also had picks.

Still there were some shiny moments. Peerless Price caught two touchdown passes, and Moulds added one. I'd say one touchdown was questionable because right end Aaron Schobel blew by left tackle Kris Farris and probably would have sacked the quarterback if it were full contact …

Travis Brown fumbled an exchange from center that left end Kendrick Office recovered …

Travis Henry came off the field toward the end of practice and went into the trainers room to check on some kind of bruise, stemming from an apparent knee to the quad. It's not serious, but Henry never came back out. Kevin Gilbride was unaware that Henry had been hurt, but said he'd look at the films …

Alex Van Pelt was not present either, presumably still attending to the death in his family. Receivers Jeremy McDaniel (groin) and rookie Ed Dangerfield were present, but not participating.


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