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WR jobs wide open, too

The Bills will have a lot of work to do in training camp to figure out how there receiving corps shakes out.

Coach Chan Gailey acknowledged that position is wide open as well when the team gets to St. John Fisher College.

Just what do the Bills have after No. 1 wideout Lee Evans? It's still hard to say. Judging from practice repetitions during the three-day minicamp, third-year man Steve Johnson will be giving third-year man James Hardy a strong run for a starting job. It's pretty clear veteran Roscoe Parrish is going to get much more of a chance to contribute out of the slot than he got last season.  

Hardy's practice repetitions were limited. He underwent an offseason operation on his groin, and Gailey acknowledged that cut into his work on the field during the spring. "He told me he felt a lot better these last two weeks than he had the first few practices," Gailey said. 

Undrafted rookie David Nelson, a 6-foot-5 wideout from Florida, also got plenty of action on the outside with the first offensive unit the past three days. Fourth-round draft pick Marcus Easley showed good hands during the spring.

"It's really wide open," Gailey said of the wideout rotation. "I hate to put numbers on 'em. Y'all put numbers on 'em. I hate to put numbers on 'em. We're going to probably, probably - don't hold me to this - but probably have five that we keep (active) on game day. And all five have gotta be a big part of what we're doing."

The Bills' coaches mixed all of the receivers in varying combinations during the spring. Veterans Chad Jackson and Felton Huggins and rookies Naaman Roosevelt and Donald Jones all also were cycled through the rotations with each of the quarterbacks. Roosevelt, the Buffalo native and University at Buffalo star, showed good hands and did not look out of place out there.

In Friday's practice, Ryan Fitzpatrick took the first snaps at quarterback in each of the first four different practice periods. Trent Edwards went second in three of the four periods. The Bills ran one two-minute drill at the end of practice and Brohm got to run it.

Good offensive plays during red-zone work included a Fitzpatrick completion to Lee Evans on the right side of the end zone after the quarterback was flushed out of the pocket. Fitzpatrick then hit Evans on a perfect fade pass to the left side of the end zone. Shawn Nelson showed his talent by making a leaping grab of an Edwards pass on the left side of the end zone. ... Brohm double-clutched on a short pass for Easley and it was picked off by Andra Davis. Brohm marched the backups 50 yards for a score on the two-minute drill, hitting Jones on an out route at the goal line for a TD.

---Mark Gaughan


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