For the second night practice of Buffalo Bills' training camp at St. John Fisher College, the defense dominated the day. It wasn't just any part of the 11 men donning blue practice jerseys. No, it was the secondary that especially stood out.
Here are some observations from Wednesday night's practice session that really stood out.
- Practice MVP: CB Prince Miller. I know, you're asking yourself 'Who?' Well, Miller just so happens to be the player that picked off two passes to steal the show in Growney Stadium. He stuck with his assignment all night, and ran in their hip pocket -- easily within striking distance. A pass thrown a tad behind Ruvell Martin gave Miller an ample chance to make a play on the ball and he brought it in for the interception. While it may be an uphill battle for him to make the team, Miller is likely the 7th cornerback on the depth chart right now. He's a shoe-in for the practice squad if no one else snaps him up on cutdown day.
- Practice LVP: LB Nigel Bradham. I've liked Bradham's camp as a whole thus far, but he did something on Wednesday night that was a tad off-putting. He was in coverage trailing Dorin Dickerson during team drills. With tackling past the point of initial contact generally frowned upon, not only did Bradham go to bring down Dickerson, he threw him to the ground in unnecessary fashion. He's a rookie and he'll learn that he shouldn't do that, but it was the low point of his camp so far.
- I swear I'm not the agent for Jairus Byrd. He's just been really, really good the past few days at practice. On Wednesday, Byrd was all over the place and in on numerous plays. Most notably, he broke up a pass to Derek Hagan on a post-route over the middle with a solid pop on the play. He proved his effectiveness on a blitz that disrupted a C.J. Spiller run play headed outside the left tackle to give his teammates a chance to stop the play before it started. I've used the term about him before, and he's getting closer to it. He could be one of the best safeties in the NFL this year if he matches the interception category with his tackling and instincts.
- I haven't been too impressed with sixth-round pick Mark Asper just yet. The Bills took a late-round flyer on him in hopes that he'd be a big body that can offer some versatility. The only problem is that he hasn't really found a position that suits him best just yet. They've used him at left guard a lot so far, but hasn't looked all that comfortable. He got beat pretty soundly by defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert on Wednesday. He needs to beat out Colin Brown to make this team, and so far he's behind.
- After receiving tons and tons of questions about one player in particular, so this is for all of you asking about Michael Jasper. He hasn't done anything terribly, but he hasn't done anything to make himself stand out. That's the reason why he hasn't been talked about all that much. I think he's a long-shot to make the team, to be honest. Practice squad seems likely again.
- Second round pick Cordy Glenn really does show flashes of brilliance on some plays, then reverts back to rookie mistakes on others. You see him easily engulf a defender when he has his feet under him and able to utilize both his size and reach. However, a speed rush has gotten him in trouble a few times. Shawne Merriman was the man to get past Glenn on Wednesday. As a whole, however, Glenn shows the upside the Bills saw in him when they selected him in the second round. It's all about the consistency factor as to whether or not he'll win the starting job.
- Eric Wood and Terrence McGee are slowly being worked back in to the swing of things. I didn't get the exact count on Wood, but I would estimate he got around 10 reps during team drills on Wednesday night. He only had a pair on Thursday, as he's trying to bounce back from a torn ACL. McGee took seven or eight straight reps with the second-team defense. He's still dealing with the after effects of a patella tendon injury suffered last season. Right tackle Erik Pears, however, took no team reps yet again.
- Kelvin Sheppard sat out Wednesday with an undisclosed injury. Scott McKillop and Chris White took first team reps in his absence. David Nelson, Justin Rogers, Josh Nesbitt, Kamar Aiken, Kellen Heard and Mike Caussin did not practice in any capacity.
The Bills resume practice Thursday at 3 pm. Practice is open to the general public.