The Buffalo Bills wrapped up mandatory minicamp on Thursday at One Bills Drive. We won’t see them again for six weeks heading into training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY. Here are the takeaways from the final spring practice.
Josh Allen drawing universal praise
After earning first-team reps during portions of minicamp, the assembled press has loved his work so far this spring. WGT 550’s Sal Capaccio said Allen got better every day. WGRZ’s Heather Prusak said Allen was “on fire today.” Allen capped practice with an 70-yard touchdown pass on a post route to fellow rookie Austin Proehl. He also had red zone touchdowns passes to Austin Proehl, Nick O’Leary, and Jason Croom and a two-minute drive that ended with a touchdown to Ray-Ray McCloud (though the receiver apparently made a sick move to spring himself).
Last video I can shoot of minicamp. Something a little different for you. Josh Allen in slow motion. pic.twitter.com/7gEJ6nrK8H— Sal Capaccio (@SalSports) June 14, 2018
Strong wind has zero impact on Allen’s ball pic.twitter.com/kdbrzgh6hF— Josh Reed (@4JoshReed) June 14, 2018
Starters were resting today
After seeing nearly-identical reps through two days, the starters took a back seat to the reserves on Thursday except at quarterback where they rotated. Vontae Davis was the only starter in 11-on-11 work.
Ray-Ray McCloud had himself a day to remember
In a wide open receiver competition, the late-round receiver has stood out this spring. He made Taron Johnson look silly on the two-minute drill touchdown mentioned above and Spectrum News reporter Jon Scott had this gem later:
Ray-Ray McCloud can put on moves in a phone booth. Nice moments by rookie. #Bills— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) June 14, 2018
Editor’s note: a previous version of this article listed Ray-Ray McCloud as being undrafted. He was the Bills’ sixth-round picks.