Opening up the passing game

In Tuesday's mini-camp drills, the offense stepped forward. In 11-on-11 matchups, in quick succession Peerless Price beat Nate Clements deep on a post pattern, and Josh Reed got by Antoine Winfield in a corner of the end zone. For good measure, Eric Moulds broke inside Chris Watson to catch a pass in a front corner of the end zone.

Those plays were significant because the defense had had the upper hand through the first week of this mini-camp, and because starting cornerbacks Clements and Winfield are one of the team's strengths.

Earlier in the practice, Moulds and Reed both were doing a good job getting open in the seams between the short and deep zone coverage near the sidelines. Drew Bledsoe and Alex Van Pelt both were delivering the ball to them accurately and effectively.

What all this showed was that, in the absence of a strong pass rush, the Bills' receivers should be able to get open on any defense, zone or man-to-man.

"We're miles ahead of where we were last year. Talent-wise we're a lot better," said wide receivers coach Fred Graves. "Even with Reggie Germany's injury and Jeremy McDaniel's injury, we're still six or seven deep. The guy (Bledsoe) chucking it down there doesn't hurt, either."

In addition to Moulds, Price and Reed, seventh-round draft pick Rodney Wright and young veterans Andre Rone and Charlie Rogers have impressed Graves.

"Last week we put in some stuff," the coach said. "Now we're coming back and doing it again."

And doing it well.


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