PITTSFORD, NY – Another day of Bills camp is in the books from St. John Fisher College, and there was plenty to see over the course of these first two days.
If you weren’t able to be there to see it yourself, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Here’s 5 observations…
1) Oh my, Shaq Lawson
Keeping in mind that at this point in camp the defense is almost always ahead of the offense, Shaq Lawson looks excellent two days in. Today during team drills he was very disruptive rushing off the left side, and could have easily registered at three sacks on Tyrod Taylor. In one of the later full team sessions, Lawson would have had an opportunity to literally decapitate the Bills starting quarterback if he wasn’t rocking that darn red jersey. Probably for the best. Regardless, it’s pretty obvious already that the 2016 first-round pick is much more comfortable in Sean McDermott’s 4-3 defense, where getting after the quarterback is the number one priority. He’s picked up where he left off in mini-camp over a month ago. If he keeps up this intensity throughout camp, a big year could be on the horizon.
2) Sammy Watkins looks primed to go out with a bang
Obviously it’s only day two of camp, so don’t start booking your flights to Minneapolis just yet. But Sammy Watkins looks as healthy and effective as ever. It’s certainly a welcomed sight for Bills fans, who have watched the injury plagued wideout limp his way through the last two seasons, missing 11 games. On Thursday, Watkins was adamant that his twice-surgically repaired left foot is fine and it’s showing out on the practice field. He’s been lightening quick off the ball, his routes look precise, he’s even blocking hard. Most importantly though he’s making plays. At one point during 11-on-11 drills Watkins had to leap to snare a high pass from Taylor along the left sideline. Then later on, running a slant route, he had to go low and dove to make a terrific catch. When healthy, those are the types of plays Watkins is expected to make, especially in a contract year. He’s off to a good start in his quest for a big season.
3) LeSean McCoy doesn’t look or feel 29
For all the talk of McCoy creeping up on the daunting age of 30 that often signals the end of a running back’s career, the 29-year-old looks phenomenal. McCoy himself even said he feels like he’s 25, adding that he thinks he could play at a high level until he’s 33. We’ll see about that, but for now it doesn’t look like father time is slowing the elusive back down anytime soon.
4) Tanner Vallejo running with the twos
He may be a sixth-round pick, but rookie linebacker Tanner Vallejo is getting plenty of opportunities to shine early on in camp. Currently, Vallejo appears to be the No. 2 strong side backer behind veteran Lorenzo Alexander, which sort of creates a nice older-youthful dynamic at the position. We’ll see if he sticks as camp rolls on.
5) Tre’Davious White the returner
Rookie Tre’Davious White is already looking to make an immediate impact on defense as one of the Bills starting cornerbacks, but it looks like he may have an opportunity to contribute on special teams as well. On Friday when the team worked on punt return, White stood deep along with Brandon Tate and Walter Powell fielding punts. For what it’s worth, White was a the primary punt returner at LSU each of the last three seasons, so it’s not as farfetched of an idea as it may seem. Plus, it’s not like other teams don’t use regular starters to return punts. Ever heard of Antonio Brown?
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