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Buffalo Bills training camp recap, 8/15

With preseason week 1 in the rear view mirror, the Bills begin to look ahead to regular season week 1.

The Buffalo Bills resumed practice today at St. John Fisher, looking to move forward after a tight preseason loss to Indianapolis on Saturday. Some notable names returned, another was seen on campus, and some remained out for one reason or another. Overall, it seemed to be a fairly tame day at camp. Here’s what the majority of the reporters at camp were writing:

—EJ and Cardale looked “competent” and “flashy,” respectively. EJ has been in contact with longtime friend Chase Daniel, seeking advice on how to be a better backup in the league. While Cardale was solid in his first effort, he’s nowhere near ready from a consistency or mechanical standpoint to play every day in the NFL.

—The receivers on the bubble had better catch the ball. Leonard Hankerson (who Rex Ryan said had a “horrible” game”), Greg Little, et al have done “little to separate themselves.” He referred to Buffalo’s receiver situation as “Watkins, Woods, and what.”

—The LB injuries will be a season-long issue. He called Reggie Ragland’s replacements in the middle “piecemeal” veterans, and said the situation is unique in the sense that it’s usually a veteran who is hurt with young, unheralded replacements. In Buffalo’s case, they were counting on the rookie and have many veteran question marks with whom they can replace him. He did not mention Kroy Biermann, who is either a soon-to-be Bill or not, depending on your source.

—The RB pecking order, without Karlos Williams for the first month, seems to be McCoy, then Mike Gillislee, followed by Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams. He mentioned that James Wilder, Jr. is not long for the roster, and he did not mention either Dan or Boom Herron (yes, I know they’re the same person).

—He described Tyrod’s new contract as both a “win-win” and a “marriage with a pre-nup.” It’s a funny way to say it, but it certainly makes sense. He also said that “people in the building” put a bit of the blame on Tyrod for Charles Clay’s lack of involvement in the offense last year. He notes that Clay and Taylor will need to be on the same page in order to take a greater step forward this season.