Buffalo Bills Training Camp Report 8/2/2006

The players came out without pads today, after a full pad practice last night. The Buffalo Bills practiced on the grass fields this morning, so they had the breeze and the shade from the trees to help cool them off a bit. It definitely helped keep the fans cooler as many of them sat on the grass and relaxed as they enjoyed watching their favorite team practice.

As usual, the team worked on the individual drills, 7-on-7, 11-on-11, special teams and this time added in a 2-minute drill. It was a slow pace at practice today, but that was to be expect, with the heat and the fact that they just practiced about 14 hours earlier.

As always, the team started out with the individual drills. JP Losman, Kelly Holcomb and even Kliff Kingsbury practiced throwing passes to the receivers and seemed to be on target. The Buffalo Bills offensive line worked against the defensive line and without the pads, it's hard to see who wins, but Jason Peters did impress me with some blocks from what I saw. Following the individual drills, the Buffalo Bills players did some special teams work. Coach Bobby April had the team practice kickoffs and doing some returns. The following players returned kicks...Terrence McGee, Shaud Williams, Jonathan Smith, Roscoe Parrish, and Fred Jackson. Terrence McGee ran back a couple, but Roscoe Parrish impressed me the most. He showed his speed as he ran around all the blockers and definitely reminded me of the way Terrence McGee returns.

Following the special teams drill, the team went to the usual 7-on-7 drills, while the lines practice blocking drills. Statwise, Kelly Holcomb clearly won this round. But again, most of his passes were screens or dumpoffs. He didn't even try to air it out. For some reason, JP Losman seemed to be off target with his receivers and he seemed to throw the ball too late. He overthrew the receivers quite a bit. There was one play where Lee Evans was running downfield and I think Losman was expecting Evans to change to the second gear. He didn't, so the ball sailed right over Lee Evans' head. And there was another play where JP went deep to Andre Davis. Davis was held up a bit by the defense and also saw the ball go over his head. Losman also overthrew Roscoe Parrish who was so close to getting the ball, but the pass was thrown just out of his reach. JP did make some nice short passes, but for some reason his long ball was off today.

Next up for the Buffalo Bills was the 11-on-11 drill. Kelly Holcomb started out the drill and handed off to Willis McGahee for the first two plays. First, McGahee ran up the middle for 3-yards, then he made a nice move to the outside and ran around the right tackle for a 7-yard gain.

Kelly Holcomb then felt major pressure by Chris Kelsay and threw it to Josh Reed for about 3-yards. His next play was even better though. Holcomb threw a screen to Peerless Price, who juked Eric King to get away and made it an 11-yard gain. JP Losman came in and looked just as frustrated as before. He felt major pressure from the defense and fumbled the ball. Shaud Williams came in to run the ball and showed some burst on a nice 9-yard run up the middle. Anthony Thomas then ran around the left tackle for about 5-yards. Kelly Holcomb came back in and threw a 22-yard pass to Andre Davis, who made a nice catch.

JP Losman then came back and finally hit his receiver, Josh Reed for about 9-yards. Joe Burns tried to run the ball and he only got a couple yards up the middle. JP Losman then had more problems as Justin Geisinger snapped the ball too high that JP had to jump up to get it. He immediately got pressured by the defense and had to throw it away.

Kelly Holcomb came back out and almost threw an interception that was right in Jabari Greer's hands, but was dropped. Holcomb made up for it by throwing a 6-yard pass to Sam Aiken. Jabari Greer leveled Aiken immediately and he still held on to the ball. Anthony Thomas came in had a couple more runs where he showed his power up the middle for about 4-yards a piece.

JP Losman came back to the line and threw a beautiful 40-yard bomb to Chris Denney. It looked like it was going to be the play of the day, but just as Denney was coming down with it, Eric Bassey put his hand in there to knock it out. Losman then threw an 11-yard pass to Josh Reed, who made a sweet diving catch to haul it in. He then finished this drill with a quick pass to Martin Nance for 13-yards. Kelly Holcomb completed the drill with a 9-yarder to Andre Davis.

The team then went back to special teams again. This time Special Teams Coach Bobby April was having them learn how to run just as the ball is getting punted. He was having the players work on their timing and make sure everything was right. I noticed that he seems to be refreshing everybody on the special teams basics and helping the rookies get used to it.

Following the horn, the Buffalo Bills players went back to some more 11-on-11 drills. This time the quarterbacks were about even. JP Losman started it out with a 12-yard pass to Lee Evans. However he was then sacked on the next play. Kelly Holcomb came in and shocked everyone when he finally tossed one in the air to Peerless Price for about 30 yards. He then went back to his duck passes when he threw a flat ball towards Sam Aiken that was tipped by Jabari Greer and then intercepted. Greer took the ball back 35 yards to the end zone for the touchdown and the defense started celebrating. Holcomb then bobbled the snap and fumbled the ball. And finally his last play a low pass intended for Kevin Everett that was dropped. JP Losman finished this drill with an 11-yarder to Peerless Price, followed by an 8-yard pass to Lee Evans.

Coach Dick Jauron had the players work on a 2-minute drill to finish the day off. Kelly Holcomb started out good in the drill and was throwing his usual short passes and the receivers were getting out of bounds after each one. Then he overthrew Lee Evans, which led to Evans trying to dive for the ball and hurting himself. His next pass was almost intercepted by Eric King. He recovered with a nice pass to Sam Aiken and handed Willis McGahee the rock to help run the clock down.

With 19 seconds left on the clock, Holcomb got the team to the 15-yard line and then threw a horrible pass that was intercepted by Matt Bowen. It was a good read by Bowen though and was probably the play of the day.

JP Losman had the backup offensive line and was getting swarmed on each play. First he hit Shaud Williams for about 4-yards, then Mark Word schooled Dylan McFarland and got the sack on 2nd down for a loss of about 7-yards. Losman made up the yardage that he lost by finding Josh Reed near the sideline. But then he overthrew Andre Davis on 4th down to end the drill.

Extra Points:

1. JP Losman looked very frustrated out there from the horrible protection he was getting from the offensive line, plus the fact that he was off target a bit. He even screamed "Damn it" after he was sacked and was yelling a few other times too. You could tell that something was definitely bothering him today. I would say that today was probably the worst I have seen him look this year.

2. It's going to be an interesting battle for the #2 running back job. It looks like Anthony Thomas' job. But don't be surprised if Lionel Gates pushes him hard for it. And I also wouldn't be surprised to see Shaud Williams make it on the team again. He's been looking faster lately and powerful up the middle.

3. I know that I have said this before, but Sam Aiken is a very underrated receiver and may be the big receiver that we need for the offense. He has been great at camp so far and is catching everything in sight. He's also showing his speed at times. I think it's going to be very tough to cut one of these guys, but I think that Andre Davis has impressed me the least.

4. Jabari Greer! This guy has been phenomenal! He has been working so hard out there and has been the defensive MVP in Training Camp so far. I think that the Nickel back job is his for the taking, especially if Eric King keeps letting the fast receivers juke him.

5. Don't be surprised if Wendell Hunter makes the team. He has been making a lot of plays at camp and made another one today when he got right in front of a pass intended for Ryan Neufeld and knocked it down.

6. Props to Terrence McGee for coming to the fence and signing autographs for every single person that was there. He made a lot of fans happy and wasn't even scheduled to sign autographs today. He even took pictures with a bunch of fans.

Overall, it was a slow day at camp. I thought the offense collapsed compared to the night before. It was so crisp and fun to watch last night and then today they seemed lethargic and not really into it. You gotta wonder if the heat finally started to get to them. After all, it was very warm outside.

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