Important camp for Troup & Carrington says Gailey
It's a long-standing cliché in the National Football League, but for the most part it's usually accurate.
In the third year of a player's career, you can usually start to determine -- if you haven't already -- what type of impact a player may be able to have at the professional level.
With a pair of seasons mostly riddled with inactivity for different reasons, 2010 picks Torell Troup and Alex Carrington have a tall order heading in to their third training camp.
With the Buffalo Bills switching back to a 4-3 defensive scheme, both players are in the glut of depth at defensive tackle. Already with Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Spencer Johnson and Dwan Edwards at the position, the two third-year players will be battling it out with other youngsters to make the team.
Troup, a second-round pick, has went through setback after setback with injuries since he's entered the league. Early on in last year's training camp, it looked as though Troup was really making some waves. That was only to be thwarted by yet another injury which held him at bay for another season.
Carrington has largely been healthy, but just hasn't been able to crack the defensive line rotation consistently enough. The team's third-round pick in 2010 out of Arkansas State, Carrington has taken to the off-season the past two years to bulk up in a big way. He's now listed at 301-pounds on the team's official website.
The two will be in a fight not only for playing time, but one would have to think for a roster spot entirely. Chan Gailey touched on that after Wedendsay's conditioning workout.
"Anybody that's going in to their third year, it's time for them to step up -- and I think they will. I think they'll give their very best effort," he started. "There's a lot of great competition there. That's going to be a very difficult decision when it comes down to it because I think we've got some good players in that area and whoever produces and plays the best are the guys we're going to keep."
The Bills practice Thursday at 3 pm.