Here are some quick hitters from Buffalo Bills training camp practice on Monday, August 8:
- The Bills had 310-pound defensive end Alex Carrington practice with the outside linebackers all day. Positional drills and team drills both, Carrington worked closely with outside linebackers' coach Bob Sanders. I'll have an in-depth look at that in the coming days.
- Quarterback/Wide Receiver Brad Smith has a lot of interesting packages set up for him not even a week in to him being able to practice. Smith is lined up in the shotgun formation most times at quarterback. He's also been used in the slot at wide receiver, too. Expect some QB draws when he's lined up in the gun, and then to serve as a decoy on other plays. It's intriguing to say the least.
- The Bills are trying to figure out a way to get more production out of Lee Evans this year. On a few occasions, Evans was lined up in the slot. It's a spot I would like to see him in more. I think his speed could be utilized quite well, especially if he's ever lined up against a linebacker or a safety.
- Early Monday, the Bills were using safety Bryan Scott as the nickelback on the first team due to the injury to Drayton Florence. On Monday afternoon, that look changed. Now, rather than having McKelvin at LCB, McGee at RCB and Scott at nickel, the team used McKelvin at LCB, Reggie Corner at RCB, and McGee inside at nickel. On four wide receiver sets, rookie Aaron Williams was at the RCB spot, while McGee and Corner were inside covering the slot wideouts.
- Rookie running back Johnny White displays very good vision in his runs. He has the knowledge on how to set up a block, and he's very good at cutting back. He did that on a few different occasions on Monday.
- The 228-pound Aaron Maybin did something of note today. He got kind of close to the quarterback and then apparently pulled up lame. He screamed out a four-letter obscenity for the entire crowd to hear, then favored his right leg as he walked off to the sideline. The trainer came and checked him out for about one minute, deemed him okay to continue, and Maybin continued on with the practice.
- Big Michael Jasper is still a work in progress. While he has the size and athleticism you dream of in a nose tackle, Jasper forgot where he was supposed to be. Literally. The defense had only ten people lined up, and they were screaming for Jasper to get in the play. He moved faster than any other 390-pound man I've ever seen to get where he was supposed to be.
- Lastly, a pair of heated exchanges were seen on the practice field at St. John Fisher College. The more docile scrum between the two was between Lionel Dotson and Geoff Hangartner. They just kind of held each other's facemask a little bit longer than both would have liked. But the real big fight was between a pair of third stringers. Defensive end T.J. Langley versus offensive guard Isaiah Richardson. My buddies at Channel 7, WKBW have the video. Enjoy!
This is Langley's second fight of training camp. Both were products of Langley violently shoving his hand in to the facemask of his opponent.