Here are a few notes about who shined and who didn't from the day of practice at St. John Fisher College:
- I think I'll start doling out daily MVP and LVP awards, and the most valuable on Friday for me was defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. It's hard to get a good gauge on linemen without full pads on, but Dareus as a whole was very good today. There was one play in particular that the second-year player blew through the right guard and corralled CJ Spiller on a run play in the backfield. It looked as though Dareus hurt his ankle late in practice, but told Paul Hamilton afterwards that he's fine and just walked it off.
- So that leads us to the least valuable player of the practice. Those honors will go to second-year cornerback Aaron Williams. The young player didn't look his best on Thursday but still made some plays, meanwhile on Friday was getting caught out of position and burned deep on some fly routes. In 7-on-7's Williams couldn't keep up with rookie T.J. Graham, and even before that in 1-on-1's Williams kept waiting for Stevie Johnson to break off his route and the wideout just jetted past him. Williams will need to improve when the pads go on Saturday.
- Vince Young continued the trend of backup quarterbacks not having a great day throwing the ball. While there were a few nice passes Young connected on -- particularly downfield -- as a whole he was erratic and wildly inaccurate. Of course the newest Bills quarterback is in a battle with Tyler Thigpen to be the backup quarterback to Ryan Fitzpatrick, and got the second-team snaps on Friday. Those will once again be Thigpen's on Saturday as the two continue to switch daily.
- In his first day of 2012 training camp getting first team reps, Chris Kelsay provided a nice boost off the right side of the defensive line. He beat rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn for a sack, and consistently stayed within himself against the run. He may not be the flashiest player that will get a ton of sacks, but he can come in and help get stops from time to time.
- I've continued to be impressed by the way Nigel Bradham closes on the ball carriers. He flashed some quickness and speed during off-season workouts, and did it once again on Friday. If he can continue picking things up quickly on the defense, I can see him being a contributor this season. Maybe not a starter, but a player that can be brought in on certain plays without having to worry about him as a liability.
- One of my sleeper picks to make the team, Dorin Dickerson had trouble catching the football on Friday. A pair of passes hit him square in the numbers and dropped to the ground. If he wants to defy the odds and make this roster, he can't have too many more days like that one.
- A reserve linebacker that not many are talking about is 2011 sixth-round pick Chris White. Attempting to come back from a knee injury, White was unable to do much during off-season workouts. At training camp however, he's participating in team drills and has looked good particularly in coverage. White picked off one pass, and did well on another play to watch the quarterback's eyes and break up the pass as it was about to sail over his area. He may be a long-shot to make the team, but he had a good day.
Practice continues on Saturday at 3 pm. The session is open to the public.