Quarterback Trent Edwards had a strong practice Monday night, maybe his strongest of training camp, as the Bills worked for 90 minutes through mostly light rain at St. John Fisher College.
Edwards, who had a pretty good morning session, got things going with two downfield strikes to Lee Evans in 11-on-11 work. The Bills shifted to 7-on-7 red-zone work, and Edwards opened it with a strike in the back of the end zone to Stevie Johnson. Then he hit Evans on a sharp throw to the post for a score. His next throw was on the money in the back of the end zone for James Hardy but was dropped. Ryan Fitzpatrick was No. 2 and Brian Brohm No. 3 Monday night. Fitzpatrick had a TD pass to David Nelson. Edwards came back and hit Roscoe Parrish in a very tiny window for a score in the back of the end zone. Levi Brown followed at quarterback, and threw a pass that was deflected by Drayton Florence and picked off by linebacker Chris Kelsay near the goal line.
The practice shifted to 11-on-11 work. Marshawn Lynch opened it with a good gainer on a sweep around right tackle. Edwards hit Parrish on a quick timing route. C.J. Spiller had a good gainer off left tackle. Then Edwards hung in the pocket and beat the blitz on a fine throw over the middle for Evans. Left tackle Jamon Meredith had a good block to allow Edwards to step up. Chad Jackson, who continues to make his presence known, caught two straight balls from Fitzpatrick. Then Edwards rolled out and went deep for Jackson. Leodis McKelvin had good coverage and broke up the pass down the sideline. It was a debatable decision to wing it, but it was good to see Edwards go for it. On the next play, against another blitz, Edwards' pass for David Nelson was picked off and returned for a score by Ellis Lankster, who has to be one of the best No. 6 corners in the NFL. Nelson slipped on the play to allow for the pickoff -- at least that's the way it was viewed from this reporter's angle.
Coach Chan Gailey's assessment after practice: "Some good, some bad. It’s a work in progress, for lack of a better term. But there were some good things. I thought we were sharp in some areas and not so sharp in some other areas. Protection is going to be one of the keys for us. We’ve got to protect. We’ve got some receivers, I think, that can make some things happen."
On the injury front, Felton Huggins suffered a shoulder injury in the morning that looks significant. Rookie receiver Marcus Easley, out with what may be a knee problem, was getting a second opinion, Gailey said, without specifying the ailment. Fullback Corey McIntyre suffered a minor leg injury in the morning.
Demetrius Bell was back on the field for the night workout, as was Kawika Mitchell and Parrish.