The Buffalo Bills wrapped up their third practice of 2015 training camp earlier this afternoon - it was the first in which the team wore full pads - and, as usual, the beat reporters on hand threw a bunch of observations back at us. All of that information can be a bit overwhelming if you're reading everything, so to make life easier for y'all, this is our daily Recap Recap, in which we recap all of these recaps.
There were a handful of major themes that every reporter and news outlet covered. That list included the following:
- QB rotation wrinkle: All eyes have been on the quarterback rotation this weekend, so when Matt Cassel took first-team reps for a third straight day, it raised some eyebrows. Rex Ryan confirmed that Cassel will work with the ones, while EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor rotate in on opposite days. Interpret that how you will; many see it as Cassel eking ahead in a mediocre competition thanks to his veteran status.
- The Watkins block: Fans and reporters alike were entertained by Sammy Watkins in a one-on-one blocking drill on Sunday. In one rep, he picked up reserve cornerback Mario Butler off of the ground and carried him backward 10 years. Ryan was impressed, as well.
- OL picture clears up: In his post-practice press conference, Ryan gushed about veteran guard Richie Incognito, and officially named him a starter. (He also named Cordy Glenn and Eric Wood starters.) Ryan gave some lip service to Cyril Richardson at right guard, but he'll have an uphill climb to beat out rookie John Miller. The right tackle job, right now, looks like it's the only starting job truly up for grabs.
- Injury update: The usual suspects were sidelined today, and another player joined them: backup fullback John Conner tweaked a hamstring, and Ryan said that he expects Conner to miss roughly a week of action.
For more specific observations - and there are an awful lot of them tonight - be sure to read through these recaps.
Mike Rodak, ESPN
No reporter is as diligent a note-taker as Rodak, who makes a habit out of keeping statistical track of how Bills quarterbacks perform in specific drills. If you're into that sort of thing, this practice recap is for you.
Vic Carucci, The Buffalo News
Carucci also focuses exclusively on the quarterbacks. He leads with "None of the three looked particularly impressive" on Sunday, but noted that Manuel struggled more than his counterparts - and that all three are mostly only willing to throw short right now.
Joe Buscaglia, WKBW
There are a lot of unique observations in Buscaglia's latest. He praises Miller for his work in one-on-one drills (not so much for Wood, however), kept track of sack totals in team drills (hint: a lot), took notes on the running back rotation, and talks about the guys playing the edge in 3-4 looks. His daily MVP and LVP awards are here, as well.
Matthew Fairburn, Syracuse.com
Fairburn drops in with a quarterback update, which is about par for the course, and then adds some specific and interesting thoughts on Miller, Cyrus Kouandjio, the formations being used by Greg Roman, and the ways in which Percy Harvin is being used.
Ty Dunne, The Buffalo News
Dunne covers some of the quarterback stuff, but mostly defers to Carucci so that he can talk more about how good Ronald Darby looks, plus how LeSean McCoy is adjusting to having Jerome Felton in front of him. He also notes a couple of stand-out plays turned in by Marcell Dareus and Marcus Easley.
Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com
The official site comes in with a few stand-out notes: Ryan told reporters that the Bills spent time installing '46' looks on defense on Sunday. Ryan has also been wowed by some on-field maneuvering from his star tailback.
Sal Capaccio, WGR 550
Capaccio has paid closest attention to the reserve tight end battle than most at this point, but there isn't a lot to report; everyone seems to be taking reps with the first-team offense. There are also notes about the receiver pecking order and some clarification on the '46' defense in this recap.
Take note that tomorrow (Monday, August 3) will be the team's first night practice of camp. We'll have a nice breather from the steady flow of information that has emerged from St. John Fisher over the last three days, with perhaps a higher-energy practice to follow tomorrow evening.
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