Buffalo's Naaman Roosevelt had the catch of the day during Sunday's practice at St. John Fisher College. Roosevelt, the former University at Buffalo star, had to leap high for a pass down the seam from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Roosevelt wasn't Fitz's first read, and the defenders converged as the ball was caught. Cornerback Lydell Sargeant ran into Roosevelt's legs and sent him to the ground but the ball was caught.
The Bills worked for 2:10 in hot sun before a decent crowd. Most of the fans were on the hillside on the far side of the grass fields, which is a great place to watch the action and seems like the best spot so far this summer. The team seems to work more on that side than the "near side," which has some bleachers and VIP tents. The team was in pads again, for the fifth straight session of camp.
Guard Eric Wood was given the day off, but the Bills' "middle three," which has been impressive early in camp (Wood, Geoff Hangartner and Andy Levitre) still looked pretty good during an inside running session. Second-year man Andre Ramsey, a Ball State product, filled in for Wood with the starters. On the other half of the field, receivers went 1 on 1 vs. cornerbacks. James Hardy made a nice over-the-shoulder catch on a deep throw from Fitzpatrick. Roosevelt had a good deep catch from Fitz vs. Terrence McGee. Sargeant had an impressive interception off Fitz on a deep throw for Felton Huggins.
Wang showed improvement in 1 on 1 drills vs. the defensive linemen. Levitre was very stout vs. Torell Troup. Rookie right tackle Kyle Calloway held his own vs. Marcus Stroud and Chris Ellis.
The 7 on 7 passing drills focused more on shorter passes. Reggie Corner looks reliable as ever in coverage. George Wilson had the best interception, making a shoe-string catch on a low ball that bounced off the hands of tight end Derek Schouman. Linebacker Andra Davis read a short pattern and had a pickoff of Fitzpatrick.
The Bills ran six goal-line plays, something they never did at this stage of camp under Dick Jauron and rarely did anyway in camp. Troup had a good stop up the middle on Marshawn Lynch, although there was some confusion on offense on the play. Kawika Mitchell was in the hole for a stop on Fred Jackson. Trent Edwards overthrew tight end Michael Matthews in the end zone. Those were the three plays with the starters on the field.
In regular 11-on-11 work, the starting offense had a good first set of plays then struggled its second set. Edwards had completions to Stevie Johnson and Lee Evans, and Lynch had a good run on the former set. Drayton Florence picked off an underthrown deep ball for Marcus Easley and there were three incompletions by Edwards on the latter. ... Corner had a pickoff of a Fitzpatrick pass. Fitz was the No. 2 on Sunday.
The Bills practice twice on Monday, but only the night practice is open to the public (7 to 9 p.m.) There were no free tickets available on Ticketmaster as of this afternoon. Tickets for Wednesday night's session are being distrubuted by Tops Markets.