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Practice updates

The Bills practice from 12:15 to 1:35 p.m. today, and we'll post immediately afterward to report if running back Marshawn Lynch participates and speaks to the media. Lynch was at One Bills Drive Wednesday, as revealed by Donte Whitner's twitter message. The Bills work all weekend, too. They have two practices on both Friday and Saturday, ending at 11:50 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

The second practice Saturday is free and open to the public. Gates at Ralph Wilson Stadium open at 2 p.m. Practice is scheduled for 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. The players are off Monday and practices start up again on Tuesday.

Prime beneficiaries of the offensive line injuries to Demetrius Bell and Eric Wood are Jamon Meredith and Kirk Chambers. Both are getting plenty of practice repetitions with the starting unit. The first-team offensive line Wednesday was, left to right, Meredith, Andy Levitre, Geoff Hangartner, Chambers and Cornell Green. Rotating with the second-team OL was Ed Wang, Cordaro Howard, Sean Allen, Andre Ramsey and Nick Hennessey. ... Cornerback Ashton Youboty had a pretty good day, making a couple pass breakups.

---Mark Gaughan

Gailey goes full blast with teaching

---Coach Chan Gailey has a hands-on teaching approach and it's not because the Bills have so many young players.

"That's the only way I know how to coach 'em if you're trying to get a point across you have to show 'em what you want, you have to talk through it," he said. "I think there's a lot of coaches out there on that field who know how to teach. Everybody has to be involved in that, it's not just one or two guys."

When asked how the veteran players take to approach, Gailey said if a coach can help the player improve he'll embrace the concept.

"If he doesn't feel like what you're saying is worth anything, then he ain't willing to pay attention to you,'' Gailey said. "If you can help them, then they'll pay attention.''

Two weeks into OTAs, Gailey sees progress, but it's satisfied.

"I feel like we're going forward each day," he said. "As a football coach, it never goes well enough, fast enough or good enough, that's just life as a football coach. But we are going forward each day which is a positive. If we can not have the negative days, we've got a chance to be pretty good before it's over with."

---Running back Marshawn Lynch still hasn't reported to the Bills voluntary OTAs which continued on Wednesday and when asked by a reporter if he's talked to Lynch and expected him to report soon, Gailey answered tersely, "No." There were rumors that Lynch arrived in Buffalo Tuesday night but if he did, he didn't show up for OTAs on Wednesday.

---Gailey didn't give any indication who he likes at QB but Ryan Fitzpatrick took reps with the first team on 11-on-11 drills while Trent Edwards took the first snaps on 7-on-7. ... The Bills ran a lot of draw plays and screens during 11-on-11 drills and the play of the day was when the offense picked up the blitz, then right tackle Nick Hennessey created a huge hole for running back C.J. Spiller for a big gain.  

---Rodney McKissic


Wood hopes to be ready by training camp

---Left guard Eric Wood who is recovering from a broken leg, wants to be able to practice fully when the Bills start training camp in July. Wood, whose promising rookie season ended in Week 10 at Jacksonville, is working on the field on a limited basis during the Bills OTAs, which resumed on Tuesday.

"I'll be there and I should be working, hopefully with the one's (the first team)," Wood said on Tuesday. "I may need a day off here or there to let the soreness come out or what not and we'll play it by ear. The real matter is Miami, Game One, on the field.''

---Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was a no-show again when the Bills resumed OTAs. Seattle's release last week of running back LenDale White is likely to continue speculation about the Seahawks’ potential interest in Lynch. Justin Forsett and Julius Jones are battling for the starting job in Seattle, and the Seahawks traded for Leon Washington to be the change-of-pace and third-down back. Washington is coming off an injury and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

---Rodney McKissic


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