More work to do

The final practice before veterans reported in the afternoon ended with less-than-successful two-minute drills quarterbacked by Travis Brown and David Priestley.

 

The first drive got off to a promising start as Josh Reed went over Ahmad Brooks deep down the left sideline. But on the next play, sixth-round draft pick Kevin Thomas, who seems to be picking things up, knocked a pass away from Reed.

After Andre Rone couldn't hold a pass with Jykine Bradley covering, the offense didn't come close. The drive ended with Brown facing a heavy rush and throwing a pass into a lineman's helmet.

Priestley had less success. He hit undrafted free-agent wide receiver over the middle for a short gain, the next three plays misfired. On third down, Ryan Denney was in his face for what would have been a sack. And on fourth down, fifth-round pick Justin Bannan pushed seventh-rounder Mike Pucillo back into Priestley . . .

The Bills also worked on nickel and extra-wide receiver situations and on special-teams coverage and blocking. Erik Flowers received some instruction as he tried to get ahead of a coverage man to block . . .

Brady McDonnell caught a pass in 11-on-11 team work, then went to the ground after Brandon Spoon hit him. "Stay up!" yelled coaches, who know players' chances of injury are greater if they're defenseless on the ground . . .


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