Bills camp: Taylor has impressive Monday

Notes from Monday's practice

Sal Capaccio
August 07, 2017 - 12:07 pm

Here are some notes and observations from the Bills Monday morning practice at St. John Fisher:

Participation update: 

  • DE Ryan Davis did not practice due to a concussion suffered at Friday evening’s practice
  • TE Keith Towbridge did not practice due to foot soreness. 
  • DE Shaq Lawson (groin) was limited. 
  • CB Kevon Seymour did not practice.  He’s listed as day-to-day with a foot injury.
  • WR Sammy Watkins was a full participant one day after twisting his ankle.
  • OT Cordy Glenn was a full participant.
  • WR Jeremy Bitler left the field with trainers early-on. I was told he was being treated for dehydration.

— QB Tyrod Taylor had a very good practice, especially in the 2-minute drill with starters going against each other. Taylor threw with good velocity and accuracy and ended the drive with a 20-yard TD strike to Charles Clay in the middle the field. After that play, according to ESPN (I was standing further away and did not hear or see this), Taylor ran by several reporters on the sidelines and said "Write about that!" 

— The same can’t be said for the backup QBs, who have both had their struggles lately. Especially Nathan Peterman, who was intercepted a couple times Monday, including once where he sailed a ball high over the middle. On his way back to the huddle, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison gave the rookie an earful. He wasn’t pleased.

— If you read this article regularly, you know I’ve been very high on the camp WR Rod Streater is putting together. I believe he should be the No. 4 wideout from what I’ve seen.  Monday, he actually worked in with the starters for a few plays, taking the place of Andre Holmes.

— Rookie WR Zay Jones must have eaten his Wheaties Monday morning because he was almost sprinting from drill to drill all day.  

— The second-team WRs were, generally, Streater, Brandon Tate, and Philly Brown.

— DE Eddie Yarbrough once again started in place of Lawson, with Davis also out. And once again he created pressure on several occasions and did not look out of place on the starting defense at all. 

— Dion Dawkins (T) and Vlad Ducasse (G) both got time on the right side of the first unit offense, and usually they both subbed in at the same time and worked next to each other.

— Gerald Hodges continued to take some snaps as the MLB, along with his normal WLB spot. Often he plays MLB when it’s a red zone passing situational period. I’m assuming head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier prefer Hodges’ coverage ability in that scenario vs. Reggie Ragland. But Ragland is still not getting any reps with the starters and is now being taken off the field even as a backup in some cases. It’s been an interesting camp following the linebackers. Preston Brown once again was the No. 1 MLB, with Ramon Humber at WLB and Lorenzo Alexander at SLB, as usual. Ragland did get plenty of second-team work in regular defensive situations behind Brown.

— The early-situational drill Monday was end-of-game (or half) scenarios. The Bills ran a Hail Mary play (it was incomplete, but looked like Holmes and Jones both had legitimate shots at catching it), a long pass down the seam (Streater caught it but landed with his foot on the end line of the end zone, out of bounds), and then a hook-and-ladder play.

The team will be back on the practice field Tuesday at 8:45 AM before heading back to Buffalo to play the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night at New Era Field.

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