The defense looked better than the offense today as the Buffalo Bills finished their last voluntary, organized-team activity practice. The defenders were able to force a lot of short, check-down passes from the quarterbacks, and the completion percentages were not real high for any of the Bills' passers.
Second-year receiver T.J. Graham made the offensive play of the day, beating cornerback Ron Brooks down the left sideline and making a 50-yard catch on a throw into the wind from Tarvaris Jackson.
The Bills have had officials on the field for every practice that has been open to the media this spring.
"You're putting a lot more yards under your feet and
just getting ready for an offense that's not gonna stop," Bills tackle
Chris Hairston said. "We're going to try to put pressure on all the teams
and dictate the tempo and pace. We've done that since we've gotten back here.
You're just really pushing yourself to go as fast as possible."
No one can dispute C.J. Spiller had a breakout season in
The Buffalo Bills running back emerged as a potential
superstar, almost doubling his rushing total from the previous two seasons by
running for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns despite averaging only 13 carries a
Where does Spiller rank among the game's best running backs?
How good can he be?
The competition landscape facing Buffalo Bills veteran quarterback Tarvaris Jackson looks ominously similar to what he encountered last spring in Seattle.
The Bills acquired a veteran in free agency in Kevin Kolb and drafted EJ Manuel in the first round. Last year, Jackson was in a competition with Matt Flynn, a veteran who had been acquired in a trade, and Russell Wilson, a third-round draft pick who showed up with a glittering college resume.
It didn't work out for Jackson in Seattle. He was traded to the Bills in August for a seventh-round pick.
Nevertheless, Jackson is taking a realistic approach to his battle. All he can worry about is playing his best.
"There's a lot of similarities, to be honest with you," Jackson said. "Pretty much the same."
Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser allegedly recorded a private conversation in March between Buddy Nix, then the Buffalo Bills' general manager, and Tampa
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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.
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.
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.