Brass pays close attention to D-line

If the Bills weren't deeply concerned about their defensive line, then chances are Tom Donahoe, Gregg Williams and Jerry Gray wouldn't have been spending the entire individual drills portion of Sunday afternoon's practice observing the linemen in action.

They've got to figure out a plan on what to do. Signing defensive tackle Shawn Price was only a stop-gap measure – like putting a tire patch over a hole in the Hoover Dam. Well, perhaps that's an overstatement. It's like putting a regular-sized finger in a big leaky dike.

Price still walks with a limp and his left leg has a bulky plastic brace on it. Price was in practice today, mostly playing under tackle with the No. 2 unit. He did play some nose tackle, but his job will mostly be under tackle. Price's knowledge of the NFL game should help the line, depending on how long he can last this season with his knee troubles …

Under tackle Leif Larsen was watching practice from the sideline. He didn't have crutches, but he was limping terribly with his groin pull. Right guard Jerry Ostroski and long snapper/tight end Dan O'Leary also sat out. Left tackle Jonas Jennings was not present. Marcus Price was his replacement on the line …

Donahoe watched the entire practice from the Skyjack crane that the team videographers use to tape practice above the field. Maybe Donahoe wondered whether it was trick photography that was causing his defensive line to look so bad these past couple of weeks, and so he wanted to see the view for himself …

Maybe this means something, but then again, maybe not because the line is shuffled so much: Ron Edwards lined up at first-team under tackle, ahead of Tyron Robertson and Shawn Price – for now …

The defensive line grouping of left end Ryan Denney, under tackle Tyrone Robertson, nose tackle Ron Edwards and right end Grant Irons is not very good at stopping the run …

Peerless Price, who has been the clutch receiver on long passes this training camp, dropped a rare post pattern ball from Drew Bledsoe today. Price had Nate Clements beaten, but the second-year corner recovered, jumped up and got a few fingers on the ball, just causing Price to lose his concentration enough to have the pass fall through his grasp as he crossed into the end zone. What a play!


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