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By Joe Buscaglia
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Notes from Bills Practice - July 31, 2011

Each practice I go to, I'll just leave some of the impressions I came away with on the 89 man roster known as the Buffalo Bills.

- Despite getting a bit dinged up on a play during 11-on-11, second round cornerback Aaron Williams is looking very, very impressive. Watching him out there, he's step-for-step with receivers and has made a lot of nice plays to break up completions throughout practice. It's early, but Williams looks like he has some game. His most impressive play came when Stevie Johnson dropped a pass. In coverage, Williams dove at the ball caught it, rolled up, and ran it back in to the end zone.

- Marcell Dareus forgot that they weren't at full pads at one point. During one-on-one's Dareus charged hard at starting right guard Kraig Urbik, caught him off guard, and knocked him flat on his butt. It drew an "Ohhh!" from the onlooking crowd. Dareus certainly has a lot of power running through him, even in practice. Good sign.

- One rookie that did not have a good day was fourth round pick and OT Chris Hairston. Practicing with the second team at right tackle, Hairston looked a little lost in his one-on-one battles. He gave up his position a couple of times and got burned.

- Shawne Merriman impressed me on Sunday. Working against Demetrius Bell, Merriman breezed right by the left tackle on the first go round. On the second rep, Merriman faked inside and went right around Bell once again. You could tell Merriman was pretty pleased with himself for those two reps, and for good reason. I thought heading in to camp, watching his burst and explosion would be a storyline. He had some of it back on Sunday.

- Levi Brown had an absolutely atrocious day. He was off target throughout much of the practice. I didn't go to the Saturday session, but my media brethren confirmed he was just as bad that day too. It's going to be an uphill battle for Brown to make this roster with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tyler Thigpen and Brad Smith on this team.

- One scary moment in the practice. During positional drills, the tight ends were working on a blocking drill along the sideline. It just so happens the wide receivers were doing 15-yard down-and-outs to that same sideline. Stevie Johnson was going along with his rep, looked back for the ball and ran smack dab in to Shawn Nelson who had pushed his teammate out to right where Johnson's route ended. Luckily, no one was hurt.

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