Loud music and vomit headlined Buffalo Bills training camp practice on Thursday, and the dreadful boredom of pre-season games officially cannot arrive soon enough.
On a hot and somewhat muggy morning in Rochester, camp observers seemingly continually tweeted that Bills players were struggling to retain the contents of their stomachs during practice. Buffalo Rumblings reader Richard Fann captured photographic evidence (don't click that if you're squeamish) of Ron Brooks upchucking, and also saw Lee Smith do the same. WROC's Prescott Rossi accidentally filmed the breakfast betrayal of Colin Brown, and overheard this hilarious response from head coach Doug Marrone:
Shooting ISOs of Colin Brown during 11-on-11s... he then yakked again. I have video of it. "I LOVE IT, COLIN." - Doug Marrone— Prescott Rossi (@PrescottRossi) August 8, 2013
Marrone was specifically looking to ramp up the energy at practice this morning - with clear adverse effects for that trio of players - and did so by blaring music through campus loudspeakers. "I needed to get the coaches and trainers going," Marrone told reporters after practice. "Everyone needed to step up."
After experimenting with Cordy Glenn at left guard on Wednesday, the second-year lineman was back out at left tackle on Thursday, with Brown taking first-team reps at left guard beside him. This is the fifth day that Brown has worked with the ones in that spot, while chief competitor Doug Legursky has four such days under his belt. That battle remains even, and Marrone still seems dissatisfied with how that competition has progressed to this point.
A perfect day for Hopkins
In the much-discussed battle for the kicking job, rookie Dustin Hopkins bounced back in a major way from an off day earlier this week, connecting on all 12 of his field goal tries. Lindell, per WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia, was 10-of-13, including misses from 43 and 51 yards out. The long-held assumption has been that Hopkins would unseat Lindell for that job this season, and more days like this one could end the competition sooner rather than later.
Down goes Gaskins
Undrafted rookie free agent running back Kendall Gaskins, who made a strong impression with solid running during Monday night's scrimmage, left practice early with what appeared to be a leg injury. Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reported that Gaskins tried to go while clearly less than 100 percent with a wrap on his left leg, but that trainers pulled him out of individual drills early in the session. His health will be something to monitor closely for the next few days as he competes with Tashard Choice for the No. 3 running back job.
We'll have more up on this practice as we see it. Buffalo has one more public practice scheduled for this week - on Friday evening at 6:10PM - before heading off to Indianapolis for their first pre-season game of the year.