RBs have tough time blocking

The Buffalo Bills practiced in full pads for the first time this summer Tuesday.

Their linebackers gained some measure of revenge from their running backs after being used in one-on-one passing drills a day earlier.

This time, the backs' assignment was to keep blitzing linebackers away from a tackling dummy representing a quarterback. The dummy took a beating, and that wasn't a good sign on a team featuring the barely mobile Drew Bledsoe at quarterback.

The only running back who seemed to have the upper hand more often than not was Sammy Morris. Phillip Crosby, Travis Henry and Richard Huntley also had some positive moments ...

In one-on-one pass-rushing drills, a couple of young defensive ends, Aaron Schobel and Ryan Denney, had difficulty getting past journeymen Kris Farris and Jon Carman ...

When practicing kickoffs, Mike Hollis seemed up to a challenge from first-year man Marc Samuel. Hollis consistently kicked deeper. Back with Nate Clements on returns was Travis Henry, who seemed unlikely to stay in that role after fumbling two kicks ...

The practice closed with two four-minute drills. Each time, the defense forced the offense into punting situations, which would have given the defensive team the ball back with a chance to score.

At one point, the second defensive unit let precious seconds run off the clock before calling timeout. Head coach Gregg Williams reminded the defenders that they couldn't afford to do that in a game ...

Sitting out were two reserve wide receivers, Jeremy McDaniel and undrafted rookie Delrico Fletcher. McDaniel, back from hernia surgery, said he was sore.


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