The Huntley-Henry Report

Richard Huntley and the tight ends took center stage Thursday as the Bills' incessant mini-camps ground toward a final, and welcomed, conclusion just one week hence.

Huntley, the newest Bill, participated in his first practices and said, "It was not too bad. I was understanding some things because I had this kind of offense in Pittsburgh before. I'll have to learn the terminology.

"I'm here," he said, "because I felt the team wanted me here. I'll play anywhere they want to put me. I want to get them back to where they were before as one of the NFL's best teams."

He, Shawn Bryson and Sammy Morris played most of the snaps because Travis Henry was sidelined because of a bruised thigh suffered when a helmet hit him Wednesday.

All players were present or accounted for, except for the five Bills still in the NFL Europe League. The list of injured players swelled, however. Besides Henry, Peerless Price sat out because of a back injury. Coy Wire missed the practice because of the flu. Rookie cornerback Jamarei Bryant left the field because of what was believed to be a right shoulder injury.

Alex Van Pelt returned, and he and Travis Brown did most of the throwing as Drew Bledsoe had a planned light workday.

The pass patterns seemed to feature shorter patterns. With Jay Riemersma still out because of a hamstring injury, there were plenty of opportunities for tight ends – and Dave Moore, Dan O'Leary, Sheldon Jackson and Brady McDonnell seemed to take advantage of them. Huntley and wideout Josh Reed, working mostly out of the slot, also caught short passes.

Tom Donahoe had been curt Wednesday, saying Riemersma's agent said there was nothing left to discuss about restructuring Riemersma's contract. That could mean that the tight end still is a candidate to be released, or it could mean that the Bills would let him play this year for a $2.5-million salary. However, there is no pass-catching threat as good as Riemersma among the team's current tight ends.


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