Allen with mixed-bag of results Thursday

Some notes from the Bills' sixth OTA session

Sal Capaccio
May 31, 2018 - 2:16 pm

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Here are some notes and observations for the Buffalo Bills' OTA session Thursday, their sixth of 10 this spring:

— It was announced before practice that tight end Logan Thomas had a surgical procedure on his knee and will miss the remainder of OTAs.

— Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and cornerback Vontae Davis were both absent last Thursday while the media was able to watch practice, but both players were on hand today and took their normal positions amongst the starters.


Lotulelei back meant Harrison Phillips was working with the second-team and Davis' return pushed Phillip Gaines back to the slot and working with the second team on the outside.

— Quarterback reps: A.J. McCarron took all the first-team reps, Nathan Peterman second-team reps, and Josh Allen worked exclusively with the third team.

— The Bills worked on 11-on-11 red-zone situations early in practice, then two-minute situations late.  
            In the two-minute drills: 

  • McCarron led the team down to the defense’s 20-yard line after a couple mid-range completions before being pressured and throwing an incomplete pass on fourth down.  
  • Peterman was sacked early-on but recovered to make a couple completions to move the chains. His drive ultimately stalled on fourth down deep in the defense’s territory.
  • Allen was intercepted early-on in his first two-minute try. On the third play, it looked like he may have misread the coverage or receiver because he threw it right to awaiting CB Breon Borders, who took it back the other way about 30-yards before being ridden out of bounds.
  • Allen got a second chance and took the offense down the field for a touchdown, tossing a nice 15-yard pass to Cam Phillips, floating it over a linebacker to the back corner of the end zone. On that drive, Allen hit rookie Austin Proehl over the middle and rookie Robert Foster on the sideline, who did a great job to keep both feet in. Allen also did a good job of reading a tight end open down the seam, threw it between two defenders, but slightly behind the intended target, which allowed a safety just enough room to get a hand on it to knock it down.

— On Allen’s very first play 11-on-11, the offense ran a read-option. The quarterback pulled it out and took the ball around the right end for a big gain. On the next play, he fired a completion to Foster over the middle.

— Overall, I'd call Allen's day "inconsistent." Not wildly inconsistent on either side of the spectrum, but there were defnitely throws he should have hit that he didn't, as well as some throws that were right on the money with perfect timing and placement.

— The first-team offensive line was the exact same as last Thursday:

LT - Dion Dawkins, LG - Vlad Ducasse, C - Russell Bodine, RG - Johnathan Miller, RT - Jordan Mills

— Rod Streater seemed to be getting most of the reps as the next-in-line wide receiver on the outside behind Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes.

— While watching the defensive line work stunts during individual drills, defensive tackle Kyle Williams was basically coaching on the field. He was calling out the stunt, the personnel, motioning to teammates, and explaining things to them after the play.





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