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Donald Jones gets first crack at No. 2 WR job

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- Throughout minicamp and voluntary workouts, Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey advised everybody to ignore which players were lined up with which units.

He hadn't decided on a depth chart and said he wouldn't until right before training camp.

Today is right before training camp.

After a conditioning session at St. John Fisher College, I asked Gailey about some of those up-for-grabs positions.

Gailey said Donald Jones will be the No. 2 receiver when camp opens Thursday morning, but the competition remains open.

"Donald'll start there, but we're looking at everybody," Gailey said. "We've not ruled anybody out at this point at that spot.

"You've got to have somebody that walks out there the first day, and y'all will all write about it and talk about it. But we're going to move people around at different times in camp, try to get equal reps at left tackle, try to get equal reps at quarterback.

"Just because a guy starts the first day doesn't mean anything. There's some spots that we understand there's competition. We're going to make sure that we make it as equal as possible."

At right defensive end -- the job opposite Mario Williams -- Gailey said he would rotate Chris Kelsay, Mark Anderson and Shawne Merriman based on situations. But how the rotation will shake out is uncertain.

Gailey also said he would alternate Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young with the second-string offense each day and stressed he was more concerned with the starters.

Gailey didn't say so, but we also should expect second-round draft pick Cordy Glenn to be the starting left tackle when camp opens.

Other updates from Gailey: center Eric Wood, defensive tackle Torell Troupe and cornerback Terrence McGee have recovered from injuries and will be full-go Thursday.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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