By Mark Gaughan
Newly acquired defensive end Mark Anderson gave the Bills' offensive line fits during Tuesday's minicamp practice on the grass field behind the BIlls Fieldhouse.
Anderson, the free-agent acquisition from New England, was in the backfield on the third play of the 11-on-11 session to force Ryan Fitzpatrick into an incompletion. He beat left tackle Cordy Glenn on the next play and forced another incompletion. He forced Fitzpatrick into an incompletion on the first snap of the QB's next set of 11-on-11 plays. On the next play, fellow defensive end Mario Williams batted down a Fitzpatrick pass. Anderson had a would-be sack of FItzpatrick on the first play of red-zone work, too.
Tight end Scott Chandler continues to show great hands throughout spring practices. Chandler made a great catch over linebacker Kirk Morrison on the sideline on a throw from Fitzpatrick in seven-on-seven work and had several other good grabs.
Tyler Thigpen worked as the No. 2 quarterback, and Vince Young was No. 3 for most of the sesssion.
Offensive highlights included a TD pass from Fitzpatrick to David Nelson in the back of the end zone with 3 seconds left on the clock in situational red-zone work. The ball was fit into a tight window. Derek Hagan caught a TD pass with a leaping grab in the next session of red-zone work from Fitzpatrick. Cornerback Aaron Williams batted the ball away from Chandler in the corner of the end zone to prevent a TD, a play met by whoops and hollers from the defensive unit. Chandler momentarily had the ball in his hands. Young hit running back Chris Douglas on a sharp throw on a quick slant.
Safety Da'Norris Searcy had the interception of the day, anticipating a throw from Thigpen and jumping over Naaman Roosevelt to grab a sharply thrown ball.
The only players not practicing were Terrence McGee, Eric Wood, Kellen Heard, Erik Pears, Torell Troup and Lionel Dotson.