Time runs short before the Saints pre-season game, Bills fans. The Bills held a practice earlier this afternoon, and will practice tomorrow night at St. John Fisher college at 7 PM. A closed practice Thursday will be the final precursor to Friday's tilt in N'Awlins. Here's some of the interesting tidbits coming out of today's practice:
Kelsay: How To Get Tackles For Loss
Defensive end Chris Kelsay had an interesting quote on the team's run defense scheme:
That's the name of the game in this defense - disruption. Creating chaos in the flow of the offense, and doing it as close to the line of scrimmage as possible. That simply didn't happen last year, for one reason or another, but it sounds like our younger, quicker personnel is having better luck with it this pre-season. I can't wait to see how our first-unit line looks against the Saints' high-powered rushing attack (even if it's without Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush and Jammal Brown).
Derrick Dockery Pulls, Too
This is a funny little quote from Chris Brown on one particular run during practice:
I love Brown, because he's humorous and correct. That's a lot of blocker in front of Marshawn. In terms of pure run blocking, Dockery and Walker are our two best, so having plays where those two are paving the way could be devastating. I'd love to see some of this in the pre-season.
Starters Not Playing Much Friday
10-15 plays. That's what you can expect from the first-unit guys on Friday, says Dick Jauron:
That's how it generally plays out - the starters get their heaviest action in the second and third pre-season games, while the youngsters get the first and last pre-season games to make a bigger impression. I think this will work out well for both our starting unit and some of the younger guys trying to crack the final roster. I'm especially keen to watch Ashton Youboty, Fred Jackson and Donovan Morgan perform.
Coming Tomorrow: We have an unprecedented feature coming our way tomorrow morning - an interview with a current Bills player. I won't spoil the surprise just now; suffice it to say you've definitely heard of him. Stay tuned - you won't want to miss this.