The Bills opened their three-day mandatory minicamp this morning with a workout at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and Trent Edwards worked at quarterback with the starting unit. Ryan Fitzpatrick was second, Brian Brohm third and Levi Brown fourth in the quarterback rotation. However, coach Chan Gailey seemed to suggest that the even rotation that has taken place this spring will continue the next two days.
"You coming to practice this afternoon?" Gailey asked in response to a question on the rotation. "You'll see."
The Bills work from 3:55 to 5:15 p.m. today. They practice twice again Thursday and once on Friday. All workouts are closed to the public.
Everyone on the team was in attendance except for defensive end Aaron Schobel, who is planning on retiring. Linebacker Keith Ellison was not on the field due to a minor injury, Gailey said. Not practicing due to injuries were Demetrius Bell, Ed Wang, Nic Harris and Joe Klopfenstein. Terrence McGee, coming back from minor shoulder surgery, was limited.
We'll have to wait a couple days to see the significance of lineup rotations. Marshawn Lynch was third in the running back rotation behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Lynch showed good burst when he did get his hands on the ball. Steve Johnson generally was No. 2 at receiver opposite Lee Evans. It was Roscoe Parrish on the field when the starters went to three wideouts. James Hardy got fewer snaps than Johnson. Recently acquired Reggie Torbor got a few more snaps with the starters at outside linebacker than Aaron Maybin. We'll see how that all plays out the next three days.
Safety Jairus Byrd and linebacker Kawika Mitchell, both coming off injuries, both continued to see their snaps limited. Gailey mentioned Marcus Stroud as another veteran who the coaches will be careful not to overwork. George Wilson filled Byrd's spot. Andra Davis continued to start next to Paul Posluszny at inside linebacker.
The offense was not particularly impressive during the hour and 20 minute session. Toward the end, the offense was gathered together for some words. "It was Curtis; Coach Modkins did that," Gailey said. "He just talked about execution. We hadn’t done a good job of that up until that point. And it got a little better in that last period."
Brohm had some good throws in 7 on 7 red-zone work. Chris Kelsay showed good mobility getting to the back corner of the end zone to break up an on-target Brohm throw for Jon Stupar. Reggie Corner and Drayton Florence had good pass break-ups.