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Posted: Monday, 29 July 2013 7:43PM

Bills camp: Day 2 practice notes



Pittsford, NY (WGR 550)  -- Following the high-energy, up-tempo first practice of training camp at St. John Fisher College, the Buffalo Bills didn't exactly practice with the same level of intensity on the second day of work. The session was mandated for the players not to wear any pads, and there were some differing performances to go along with it.

It is important to note that a lot will change once the pads do go on and the players can start to play with the physicality inherent to the game of football. With that said, here are some of the standouts from Monday afternoon's practice.

OLB Mario Williams
- The Jairus Byrd storyline has officially taken a backseat for now. At this point, it's the Mario Williams foot saga. Not taking any repetitions during Sunday night's session, on Monday Williams wasn't even in attendance. After practice, Head Coach Doug Marrone told reporters that the pass rusher was off-campus having his 'sore foot' looked at by doctors, without a timetable for his return to St. John Fisher College. Without knowing the severity, it's all guesswork at this point in time. However, fans who were frustrated by Williams at one point or another in 2012 can't be too pleased with the initial news out of training camp.

Blitzing Steals the Show
- It will be the case for most practices the Buffalo Bills are associated with, but defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was really dialing up some unique blitzes Monday that were successful throughout the session. On three straight plays, the defensive first-team went with three different blitzes. All three concluded with the same result: a sack. First it was Marcus Dowtin off the edge, then Kiko Alonso with an inside linebacker blitz, followed by a strong safety blitz by Da'Norris Searcy. In a defensively dominated practice, it was clear the blitzing helped get them there.

LB Marcus Dowtin
- For the second straight day, Dowtin made himself noticeable to the untrained eye. Of course, he had the aforementioned sack. However, it's his overall speed at the linebacker position that really puts him in a good position to make plays all over the field. So far the veteran is having a very strong camp for the Bills in his first year with the team.

WR Marcus Easley
- The same cannot be said for one of the St. John Fisher College mainstays the past few years, wide receiver Marcus Easley. The wideout had quite a tough time hanging on to the ball on Monday, having a pair of drops at least throughout the day. That's coupled with his lost fumble on Sunday showing that Easley just hasn't impressed to this point. It sounds like a broken record over the past few years, but this is a make or break training camp for the receiver. Except this time around, it really might be his last chance.

WR Marquise Goodwin
- On the other hand, rookie wide receiver Marquis Goodwin had a solid day while working with rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. Although Manuel wasn't facing the blitzing that Kevin Kolb had been, the rookie hit Goodwin deep down the sideline for a big gain on a fly route. His speed is evident and he's starting to develop a chemistry with the young quarterback. Being on the second team at this point as a receiver might actually be more of an advantage, because it will be Manuel's team before too long.

OLB Kourtnei Brown
- A lesser known name, Kourtnei Brown added to the overwhelming storyline from the actual happenings on the field. He kicked in some solid rushes throughout the practice and was able to apply substantial pressure. Still a bit of a long-shot to make the roster, Brown will have to continue that trend especially when the pads go on.

P Shawn Powell
- One word plagued last year's replacement for Brian Moorman: inconsistency. The song remained the same on Monday for Shawn Powell, who boomed one down the field with a 4.2 second hang time, only to shank a punt that went for a solid 10-15 yards and straight out of bounds. It wasn't a much better day for his competition, Brian Stahovich, either.

TE Mike Caussin
- After going through an impressive spring, Mike Caussin continued with his steady hands during 11-on-11's Monday. Numerous times, Caussin brought in passes anywhere from 7-to-15 yards down the field with a very natural way about him. He's continued his strong stretch of play in to the first couple of days in training camp, but once again it's before the pads have gone on. We'll have to see how he and his knee react to more physical play.

Day 2 MVP: S Da'Norris Searcy
- Although he dropped two should-have-been interceptions, Da'Norris Searcy was around the ball all day for the Bills' secondary. He even chipped in a sack of Kevin Kolb during the practice to wrap the session with a pretty little bow. It's the same disclaimer for all, realizing that there are no pads on at practice to this point in time. But with a position in flux the way safety is without Jairus Byrd, having Searcy step up in a day at camp has to be a welcomed sight for the team.

Day 2 LVP: QB Kevin Kolb
- There's no way to get around it. Kevin Kolb was brutal on Monday. He threw passes that should have been intercepted, took sacks throughout 11-on-11's, threw passes into the ground, held on to the ball too long and more. Kolb just did not deal with the pressure that the defense threw at him all that well. EJ Manuel didn't have to face the type of pressure that the veteran Kolb did, but it's no excuse for the man taking the majority of repetitions right now. He has to be better, or else the Manuel era will start sooner rather than later.

The Bills resume practice bright an early Tuesday morning starting at 8 am. The practice will be open to the public.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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