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2007 Mini-Camp: Analyzing Day One

The first day of practices at Bills mini-camp is complete, and CB has posted his notes from Day One. Here are some of the more interesting tidbits from the day:

Quarterback J.P. Losman repeatedly did something that I worry about seeing from him this season:

There were a couple of times when Losman hung onto the ball longer than normal and with the pass rush exhibited by the defense a couple of the plays may have resulted in sacks if it were live football.

This is the biggest hurdle for Losman to clear in 2007. How much pressure is he putting on himself to make plays? He's had a tendency to try to make something out of nothing in the past; now, as the undisputed leader of the offense, will we see these types of plays crop up? Will he press too hard? Losman needs to play within himself and take what the defense gives him. If he's doing that already, it's pretty clear that he needs to work out those issues by the start of the season.

Marshawn Lynch is seeing his reps increase:

Bills top pick Marshawn Lynch continues to accumulate reps with the first team offense. After Anthony Thomas was given his handful of plays first, Lynch was in right after him getting carries during team work.

"We're doing a lot of the same things that I did at Cal with coach Tedford," said Lynch. "Lining me up at receiver, making catches out of the backfield and getting carries. I feel good about all that I'm being asked to do."

Get used to this - I expect to see a lot of Thomas early in games, and as opposing defenses wear down, we'll see heavier doses of Lynch. It's the best way to put the rook in position to make big plays.

John McCargo continues to heal:

John McCargo continues to make progress in his return from foot surgery. The defensive tackle is still working mainly with the Bills training staff on the sidelines during practice, but is now jogging and on Monday participated in some individual positions drills.

Good to hear that McCargo, at this early stage of the off-season, is making progress. With the Darwin Walker situation in full tilt, we need a healthy McCargo along our D-Line in a bad way. From the sounds of his progress over OTAs and through mini-camp, we'll have Big John back full-time for training camp. Now let's hope he's playing next to Walker, rather than in his place.