Sunday’s Buffalo Bills training camp practice is in the books. Here’s what went down at St. John Fisher today:
Cordy Glenn returns to practice - for now
Buffalo’s starting left tackle was a full participant in practice today, while he deals with an ongoing foot injury. While it’s a good sign that he was on the field, Sean McDermott stressed that Glenn’s participation is “day-to-day”, and dependent on how he reacts to practice. With the lack of information we have on Glenn’s injury, the closest comparison may be the pain management issue that limited Sammy Watkins last season. Let’s hope that some rehab can get Glenn to 100 percent before the end of the month.
Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins nicked up
Bills fans collectively gritted their teeth in that “not this again” manner when Watkins limped off the field after running a route during a passing drill. Luckily, he avoided anything significant.
After stepping aside and getting his ankle re-taped, Watkins spent some time on the sidelines with wide receiver coach Phil McGeoghan, then returned to the team period before the end of practice. Following practice, Watkins told reporters that he had rolled his ankle after awkwardly running out a route. He plans to be back to full participation after a night of icing his foot.
Taylor threw an interception to Jordan Poyer during team drills near the end of practice. Rather than the defender coming away with an injury, this time the quarterback came up lame. He met with trainers adjusted his shoe, and appeared to be favoring his left foot. For what it’s worth, Taylor finished his set of reps following the injury. For now, this appears to be a minor issue.
Odds and ends
Stephen Hauschka, who’s been impressing in training camp, continued showing off on Sunday. He hit a 57 yarder and a 48 yarder during 11-on-11 practice.
After a couple practices where Shamiel Gary was the main replacement for the resting Micah Hyde, today the coaches tried out Trae Elston for the spot. Elston is in his second NFL season after entering the league as an undrafted free agent from Ole Miss.
The Bills lined up Tre’Davious White at safety during some practice reps, but they aren’t giving up on his boundary cornerback potential. This is just a defensive subpackage look, according to McDermott.
Steve Smith, retired from receiving and working for NFL Network, had a pow-wow with Buffalo’s receivers after practice. He probably gave some Hall of Fame-caliber advice about trash talking cornerbacks.
Steve Smith chatting with the Bills' wide receivers pic.twitter.com/0OHcqFZmqf— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) August 6, 2017