ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Bills were at it again on Thursday for their second-to-last OTA, the final of which is on Friday, before they’ll turn their attention towards mandatory mini-camp and then training camp later this summer. Out on the New Era Field Turf for the final open
Out on the turf at New Era Field for the final open OTA of the offseason there was plenty to see, including several notable names returning from injury to participate. Here’s some notes from the day…
1) Sammy Watkins easing back into action
As head coach Sean McDermott made known ahead of today’s session, Sammy Watkins was a “limited” participant, doing work running routes and catching passes during the indiviudal position portion of practice. Here’s some video evidence…
This time last year Watkins wasn’t participating in any capacity so it’s obviously a positive sign that he’s out there getting some reps, and his work load should only increase as we get into minicamp and eventually training camp. Watkins seemed comfortable on his surgically repaired foot, cutting and running precise routes. It’s a good start for the free agent to be.
2) Reggie Ragland is getting his legs back underneath him
It’s been a long road to recovery for Ragland since tearing his ACL during training camp last August, and after being listed as “week-to-week” throughout the majority of the offseason program, he was finally a full participant on Thursday. Afterward, Ragland mentioned that he felt an initial pop in the knee (left) from post-surgery scar tissue, but made it clear he’s already starting to trust it’s durability.
3) Zay Jones is good to go
After tweaking his knee three weeks ago, Jones was a full particpant as well, saying he felt great and back to his “full self.”
4) Dion Dawkins fills in for Cordy Glenn
Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn did not parcitipate today due to what McDermott revealed was a cyst in an uncomfortable spot on his backside. In his place was rookie Dion Dawkins during team drills.
5) A Ronald Darby, Tre’Davious White tandum
On the defensive side of the ball it was Darby and White getting first team reps at cornerback. Considering White was the Bills first-round pick it’s no surprise that he’s already being slotted as a starter opposite of Darby. We’ll see if he can hold down the job when competition heats up at training camp.
6) Holding judgement on McDermott’s defense until training camp
DT Marcell Darues talked with the media after practice and wasn’t ready to say how comfortable he is with McDermott’s defense until they’re able to get pads on and they learn more specifics. For what it’s worth, it is normal to just be going through the basics at this juncture of the offseason. They’ll get more hands on with the scheme during training camp.
7) Gotta respect Shareece Wright’s hustle
After practice, Wright described through his journey from Chicago to Buffalo via Uber. Apparently he had two drivers cancel on him before finding one who agreed to embark on the excursion and said he enjoyed learning about his driver’s life during their eight plus hours in the car together. Wright also said he considers the man his friend. Sadly, Uber hasn’t reached out about making Wright a spokesperson. Here’s a bit of his story…
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