Bragging rights to defense

London Fletcher exacted some revenge for the linebackers and defense with a big hit that caused Jay Riemersma to fumble during a two-minute drill. That came near the end of the evening session at the Buffalo Bills' training camp.

During the morning practice, running backs performed better than the 'backers in passing drills. And through most of the camp to date, Buffalo's offense has been ahead of a young defense trying to come together.

Fletcher was pleased that the defense had stopped the offense on both two-minute drills. "It's sort of like little bragging rights," the middle linebacker said. They want to score, and we don't want them to score."

It didn't hurt that a capacity crowd ringed the practice fields at St. John Fisher College, and let out a collective "Oooh!" after Fletcher's hit. Admission was by free tickets, which were gone within days.

Head coach Gregg Williams noticed, too. "It was fun to see London playing for real. Jay had a good attitude about it too, but he found out how fast he can close."

After the practice, players began signing autographs for fans. But within minutes, a torrential thunderstorm sent everyone scurrying for cover.


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