Coaches demand more from D-line

The Buffalo Bills went through a series of situational drills in their lone practice of the day. Included were red zone, goal line, kickoffs and even getting the second defense on and off the field in field-goal situations ...

The coaching staff seemed particularly rough on the defensive line, and a brief look at the one-on-one pass-protection drill showed why. Tyrone Robertson, expected to start, couldn't get by Tom Schau, who quite likely won't make the team (unless even more offensive linemen are injured). The only defender who clearly won one on one was James Cotton, who ran around left tackle Kris Farris. Pat Williams redeemed himself after Corey Hulsey pushed him down on their first attempt, and Justin Bannan had the upper hand in a do-over with Marques Sullivan.

Helping Ronnie Vinklarek with the offensive line was Ruben Brown, still sidelined by his sprained left knee. Jerry Ostroski and Marcus Price also stood on the sidelines; Jonas Jennings and Leif Larsen weren't even at practice. Grant Irons returned to full practice, but still wearing dark glasses to protect his cut right eyelid. Alex Van Pelt didn't throw; he said it was just a day of rest for him ...

In the nine-on-seven drill, Milton Proctor came up to make a hit two plays in a row, only to have first Shawn Bryson and then Travis Henry hit the strong safety head on and send both players flying in a heap ...

Peerless Price caught another long pass from Drew Bledsoe, this time beating Antoine Winfield and Pierson Prioleau. Jay Riemersma beat Fred Jones down the middle in 11-on-11 play, and then came back and caught a pass on an almost identical pattern from the red zone. However, on the second, the jury of Tom Donahoe and Dave "Hojo" Hojnowski ruled that Riemersma stepped beyond the end line ...

Sixth-round pick Kevin Thomas showed the inconsistent nature he has had throughout camp. He let Josh Reed get behind him for a red zone touchdown on a pass Bledsoe threw off his back foot by falling backward. But shortly afterward, Thomas knocked one pass away from Charles Johnson and then another in the end zone intended for Charlie Rogers.


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