Last day of mini-camp, plus Moore on TE

On the last day of off-season mini-camp Thursday, there was a lighthearted feeling inside the Bills Fieldhouse, a feeling like vacation was starting again – until five weeks from now when training camp opens in late July.

 

Many of the veterans started vacation a day early as Ruben Brown, Eric Moulds, Jay Riemersma, Pat Williams and Dave Moore sat the session out. Also out were Jerry Ostroski and Reggie Germany, who are recovering from arthroscopic knee surgeries that were performed Wednesday. Ostroski was present – he's walking around fine – but Germany was not. Both are expected to be ready for training camp.

Jeremy McDaniel (groin), rookie cornerback Jamarei Bryant (right shoulder) and rookie wide receiver Ed Dangerfield were present, but sitting out. Justin Bannan and Fred Jones were excused …

Things I observed: Tyrone Robertson opened the session as starting under tackle again. He also played left end with one of the backup teams. Looks like Robertson might get the nod at under tackle. Yesterday, Shawn Price worked out, but was noticeably limping afterward, which is not a good sign, especially because there was no contact. I'm just not confident that Price can make it through 16 games with his current health …

Middle linebacker Brandon Spoon intercepted a pass …

Nat Clements picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass …

The light is turning on for Josh Reed. My colleague Lary Bump has got the scoop on that …

Dave Moore says that people are underestimating his ability to catch passes. Moore actually made into the NFL because he caught 89 career passes from Alex Van Pelt when they were teammates at Pitt. The offensive output was enough to get Miami interested as a possible weapon for Dan Marino. So they drafted him in the seventh round of the '92 draft. Drifting on and off the Miami practice squad that year, Moore played one game with the Dolphins then signed with the Bucs as a free agent late in the season.

Over the years, Moore has honed his blocking skills to complement his receiving, and he says that has caused him to be typecasted a bit as a blocking tight end. Moore says he's more versatile than that, pointing out that he has played in all kinds of offensive sets featuring one tight end, two tight ends, H-back etc. He has been the blocking tight end and the pass-catching tight end. He has also been the go-to guy in the red zone, which Kevin Gilbride is hoping for.

Of course, Moore wants to be Buffalo's primary tight end. One of the things in his favor is that he's a more complete tight end than Riemersma. Still, I think Buffalo will keep both as offensive weapons, making Moore the primary guy, but often featuring each in two tight end packages – similar to how the Colts worked tight ends Ken Dilger and Marcus Pollard together in their base offense.

Hence, I think the Bills need Riemersma to be able to do that.


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