The Buffalo Bills completed 2013 training camp practice No. 11 on Friday night, and we'll next see them on Sunday afternoon at 1:30PM, when they'll kick off their preseason opener on the road against the Indianapolis Colts.
E.J. Manuel will get the start for the Bills at quarterback, while veteran Kevin Kolb - who returned to practice on Friday night after almost a week away from the field, though he did not do anything besides individual drills - will be the third quarterback and isn't likely to play. That means that, just like the in the past week at practices, Manuel and Jeff Tuel will split the quarterback reps.
We covered the Manuel news in a separate post, but there was plenty more to chew on coming out of this session.
Another No. 2 cornerback
Leodis McKelvin missed a third straight practice on Friday night with what head coach Doug Marrone described as "lingering soreness" on Wednesday, and taking his place in the starting lineup was undrafted rookie free agent Nickell Robey, according to WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia.
By our count, Robey - who has also seen first-team nickel reps with McKelvin out of the lineup - is the fifth corner to take reps opposite Stephon Gilmore in just 11 camp practices to date. Aside from McKelvin and Robey, Justin Rogers, T.J. Heath and Ron Brooks have lined up with the ones. Rogers remains injured and Heath has struggled alongside many of the depth corners on the roster, but Robey is clearly a player that Mike Pettine and the new defensive coaching staff has some faith in.
Regardless of Rogers' health, Robey appears to be making a strong bid to open the regular season as the team's fourth corner.
Brown the first-team left guard
For a second straight practice, Colin Brown took first-team reps at left guard, per Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News. He's now been in that post for six practices this summer, with Doug Legursky taking the reins for four others. Given that Brown has the edge with the first team and has been there for the last two days, it's safe to assume that he'll open the game in Indianapolis with the starters. The real question there is whether or not Legursky is worked in with the ones as well, or if he'll stick with the twos for the game.
Who won't play in Indy?
Buscaglia reported that the following players did not participate in Friday night's practice: wide receivers Stevie Johnson, Brad Smith and Kevin Elliott, tight end Mike Caussin, defensive lineman Aaron Tipoti, linebacker Keith Pough, and McKelvin and Rogers at cornerback. You're probably looking at Sunday's inactive list right there, with Kolb unlikely to play, as well.
We already discussed Manuel starting at quarterback; with Johnson out at receiver, expect to see Robert Woods, T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin work extensively with the first-team offense, with Chris Hogan perhaps sneaking some reps in. McKelvin will be replaced by either Brooks or Robey, but both are likely to see time with the ones in nickel sets.
Also, this happened
(That's undrafted rookie free agent cornerback Kip Edwards you see below.)