Aug. 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) watches from the sideline during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Redskins beat the Bills 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
The Buffalo Bills made some much-publicized free agent additions this off-season. During the pre-season and into the regular season, we'll track these players to see how they are adjusting to the Bills, and then contributing throughout the year.
Mario Williams didn't make it onto the stat sheet in limited work, but fellow free agent pass rusher Mark Anderson played more extensively. He stuck out to most people for his "stage dive" onto the pile during a run play, but he rotated with veteran Chris Kelsay with the first team defensive line and played with the second team line. Brian Galliford, in particular, is worried about Anderson's ability at the point of attack on rushing plays.
The linebacker corps added Scott McKillop this off-season, and he got a look with the first team defense on the team's third series. WGR 550's Paul Hamilton noticed starter Kelvin Sheppard was briefly limping on the sideline at this time, so it may not have been a planned rotation for McKillop, who also rotated with Sheppard through the rest of the first half before starting the third quarter.
Stephon Gilmore started the game at cornerback and played well. The game's touchdown came on a wide receiver screen to his side, but Gilmore was double-teamed, which should have allowed a linebacker or safety to make the play. He was replaced after three series, which should tell us all we need to know about his starting spot - it's clinched.
On the offensive side of the ball, Galliford already covered Vince Young's performance in his position battle review. He flashed athleticism and creativity, but was inaccurate throwing the ball, which is par for the course. Dorin Dickerson wasn't a big-name addition in the off-season, but he's apparently earning a role on the team. He was the second-team tight end behind Scott Chandler, two waves ahead of his main competitor (Fendi Onobun), but didn't catch any passes.
Second-rounder Cordy Glenn was the only new addition to the offensive line, starting at left tackle and working there with both the first and second teams. The Bills are giving him every opportunity to win the job for Week 1. He was called for a false start and let Ryan Fitzpatrick feel some pressure in his first live NFL action. Third-round pick T.J. Graham was with the second set of wide receivers, leading the Bills with three receptions for 37 yards. He also had a poor kickoff return from his own end zone that only got out to the 11 after a miscommunication, and was flagged for a false start, as well.