Bills Camp: McKelvin, Hardy updates

Buffalo's first-round cornerback has struggled early on, one fullback is standing out and James Hardy isn't starting regularly just yet...

McKelvin off to slow start

Bills' top pick Leodis McKelvin may have a steeper learning curve than previously expected. After arriving to camp late because of contract situation, McKelvin seems to be getting off to a much slower start than most expected. Working with the second team unit, McKelvin was burned by Roscoe Parrish during a scrimmage for a 40-yard gain. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is also trying McKelvin out in the slot position to test his ability there. McKelvin will have to step up his game to better compete with the present starter, Jabari Greer.

We have a fullback!

After a season in which the fullback position was non-existent, Turk Schonert has re-introduced it into the offense. Seventh-year player Darian Barnes has been looking solid, playing tough and delivering some nice blocks. Dick Jauron wants to introduce the position to some of the tight ends as well to add more depth to the position saying, "They'll all know the position." It should be interesting to see what Schonert and Jauron have planned for these fullback/tight end hybrids, hopefully some better blocking for Marshwn Lynch and more pass plays out of the backfield.

Hardy seeing little time with first-team

James Hardy, the Bills' second-round pick, has been seeing only a little time playing with the group of first-team receivers. Like all rookies, there's a lot to learn when transitioning to the pros, and Hardy is just at the beginning. Ideally, the Bills would like him to be ready to be their second guy behind Lee Evans come September, mainly to draw coverage away from him with his height. There's still a lot of training camp to go and Hardy has plenty of time to learn the ins and outs of the position.

Injuries

JP Losman hit his hand on an offensive lineman's helmet at practice on Monday and ended up sitting out the evening practice session on Tuesday evening. His hand was swollen, but the coaches hope it won't linger too long.

Ko Simpson also sat out practice Tuesday after jamming his surgically repaired ankle during a drill. Simpson was out much of last season due to injury, but the trainers believe Simpson's ankle trouble won't nag him too long.

Angelo Crowell also sat out with a sore left knee. Like the other injuries, the trainers don't believe it will keep him off the field long, the time out is mainly a precautionary measure.

Quarterbacks not named Edwards or Losman

Much has been made of Trent Edwards and JP Losman this off-season, but fans were able to see the competition for the third-string QB at camp this week. Rookie Matt Baker connected with WR Steve Johnson for an impressive touchdown pass Tuesday evening. However, second-year QB Gibran Hamdan does have more experience than Baker, having already been with the team an entire season. These two will want to perfect their game as much as possible, by taking as many snaps as possible because by next year's camp, JP Losman will probably not be around to occupy the number two spot on the depth chart.

Still no Peters

Jason Peters is still not at camp, just racking up the fines. He is the only player not at camp, and nobody expects him soon. There has been no word on if there are negotiations going on, but in all likelihood, the Bills won't negotiate until he gets to camp. This could be a very long standoff, and at $15,000 a day, a pretty expensive one for Peters.


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