The Buffalo Bills opened their 2010 season with their first rookie mini-camp today. Bang it on that there photo of rookie running back C.J. Spiller in his first NFL practice for more photos, including a couple of quarterback Brian Brohm and head coach Chan Gailey decked out for his first practice in his new role.
As it's May 7, the big stories of the day were largely fluff, and not much interesting was said. For full recaps on the day's festivities, make sure to drop by BuffaloBills.com, and for full transcripts from Gailey, Spiller, Brohm and others, be sure to check out the coverage over at WGR550.com.
The most newsworthy item of the day was Gailey's confirmation that the team will, in fact, be holding an open quarterback competition. All four quarterbacks will be considered, though I think it's safe to say that rookie Levi Brown doesn't stand much of a chance as the new regime's developmental prospect. Despite the lack of news, however, there were a few intriguing notes to keep in the back of our minds.
OL lineups: Jamon Meredith lined up as the first-unit left tackle, with Andy Levitre, Christian Gaddis, Jason Watkins and Nick Hennessey comprising the rest of the unit from left to right. Most surprising was Watkins lining up at right guard; he has that swing capability, but he's a far more natural fit at tackle. Considering the large amount of undrafted free agents the team brought in on the interior, it's rather odd that Watkins would get a look inside as well. I expected him to play right tackle this weekend.
Rookie Ed Wang was the second-unit offensive tackle, with Andre Ramsey, Sean Allen, Kyle Calloway and Cordaro Howard making up the rest of the unit.
WR rotation: Steve Johnson and Felton Huggins were the first two receivers to rotate through their reps, with pairings of Marcus Easley and Donald Jones, and Naaman Roosevelt and David Nelson following suit.
3-4 personnel: Torell Troup lined up at nose tackle, as expected, and fellow rookie Alex Carrington joined him as a left end. Rashaad Duncan, who is a much better fit as a 4-3 DT, played end. Second-year player Marlon Favorite saw time at both nose tackle and end.
The only surprise at linebacker was who wasn't lining up there, and it's really not that shocking, either - Jon Corto has moved back to safety, switching to jersey number 33 in the process. He'll get reps at a log-jammed strong safety spot. This move, while necessary, decreases his chances of making the roster considerably; he'll need to rely on his special teams abilities to stick.