The Bills practiced for 2 hours and 15 minutes in their first training camp workout under new coach Chan Gailey. They were in pads, which was a big change from the Dick Jauron era. Jauron typically would have two or three days of practice before bringing out the pads.
Asked about the pads, Gailey said: "We’re in training camp, aren’t we? Training camp is a time to go to work. We only have a certain number of opportunities to get out here and get better and be a physical football team so we take advantage of every opportunity that we have."
Besides quarterback, here was a rundown on key position battles: No. 2 WR - it was Stevie Johnson opposite Lee Evans. James Hardy was behind Johnson on the depth chart. OLB - it was veteran Reggie Torbor ahead of Aaron Maybin, as it was at the end of spring practices. ILB - With Paul Posluszny on the sidelines due to a groin injury, both Andra Davis and Kawika Mitchell were with the first unit, Davis generally on the strong side and Mitchell on the weak side. Poz is the weak side inside starter. Davis and Mitchell battle for the other spot, and Davis had a slight edge in the spring. CB - It was veteran Drayton Florence ahead of Leodis McKelvin to start camp. The reality is both of them are on the field a lot of the time. Florence had an outstanding year last season and is a good leader. This is great competition and good impetus for the young McKelvin to push himself.
During position drills when Demetrius Bell was participating, tThe second-string offensive line was, from left tackle to right: Ed Wang, Cordaro Howard, Christian Gaddis, Kirk Chambers and Jamon Meredith. During team drills when Bell sat out, Meredith started at left tackle and Nick Hennessey played right tackle with the second teamers.
Said Gailey: "He’s not quite ready. We’re being precautionary with him, we’re going to ease him back in. He didn’t have the advantage that Eric Wood had of taking the last couple OTAs and minicamp practices. So we’re trying to let him ease into it."
The second-team defense was: John McCargo, Torell Troup and Specner Johnson on the line, Chris Ellis, Ryan Manalac, Arthur Moats and Aaron Maybin at linebacker, and Leodis McKelvin, Reggie Corner, Bryan Scott and George Wilson in the secondary.
There was not a real big crowd in the stands for Day 1 at St. John Fisher College. Maybe a couple hundred people. We'll see what kind of gathering they have for the sessions this Saturday and Sunday, both of which run 3 to 5 p.m.