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The second-year man had a first-rate day of practice

The Buffalo Bills held their tenth training camp practice today, and while much of the focus was on a player not in attendance, the team still had plenty to do on the field today. The Bills deployed their standard quarterback shuffle, but they also rotated some players along the offensive line in different ways.

Here are some of the major storylines to come out of St. John Fisher this morning.

Peterman back with the ones

Nathan Peterman was the first-team quarterback today, and he did not squander the opportunity. Dan Fetes thought today was Peterman’s best day thus far, and most the reports support that claim. In early 11-on-11 work, Peterman was literally perfect, going 6-for-6 with two completions each to Kelvin Benjamin and Rod Streater. He also added completions to LeSean McCoy and Logan Thomas. One of the receptions Benjamin made was a beautifully thrown deep ball.

A.J. McCarron had an up-and-down day with the second team. His propensity for holding the ball led him into some trouble, as he took three consecutive sacks in the final 11-on-11 period of practice. Prior to that, he hit Robert Foster in the hands, and the rookie receiver dropped the ball. It was intercepted by Rafael Bush. Earlier in practice, McCarron was intercepted by Micah Hyde. In the middle session, McCarron was able to find some traction, going 4-of-5 and taking a sack on his six drop-backs. Of his four completions, Josh Reed described three of them as “short.”

Josh Allen seemed to have a very good day, although it could have been even better if his receivers were able to catch some passes that were described as having been thrown very well. Ray-Ray McCloud dropped two passes in 11-on-11 work, including a perfectly thrown deep pass. (Mike Rodak tweeted that the deep ball was actually dropped by Travaris Cadet, but either way, the pass was beautiful). Later, Allen had some good sets in 7-on-7 work, throwing a touchdown pass to Khari Lee and making another good pass to Kaelin Clay that saw the wideout stopped short of the end zone. He also threw a touchdown to Brandon Reilly, and he would have had another, but Robert Foster could not corral a bullet from the strong-armed rookie; it hit Foster in the hands and then fell to the turf for an incomplete pass. McCloud recovered from some of his earlier drops to snare a nice touchdown in the final session. Allen worked exclusively with the third-team again today, and the last time he saw first-team reps was last Thursday.

Offensive line shuffles

According to this thread from Joe Buscaglia, there was some movement along the offensive line, but mostly with the second and third units, not the starters. Ike Boettger played some guard today, lining up as the second-team right guard. He also spent time as the third-team right guard, rotating with Wyatt Teller and De’Ondre Wesley. Teller also saw time as the second-team left guard. Conor McDermott was the third-team right tackle, and Mo Porter was the third-team left tackle. Gerhard de Beer saw little to no time in team drills.

Injury updates

The only Bills who missed today’s practice due to injury were defensive end Trent Murphy and wide receiver Cam Phillips. Both players are dealing with groin injuries. Murphy was spotted working out on the side, although he was moving incredibly slowly.

Zay Jones was still wearing the red non-contact jersey today as he works his way back from offseason knee surgery. While running through some drills against air, he looked quick and sharp in his cuts, which is definitely a good sign. He will almost certainly miss the preseason opener, but it appears that he should be fine to return by the beginning of the regular season, probably earlier.

One injury scare arose at one of Buffalo’s thinnest positions overall. Guard John Miller left the field with trainers midway through practice, and he did not return to play for the rest of the session. Thad Brown speculated that Miller’s injury was either heat or concussion related, as he removed his helmet and was not walking with a limp. With Miller out, Ryan Groy slid over to right guard and Russell Bodine played center with the first unit. Miller eventually did return to the field, and the trainers even left him alone after hanging around him for a bit.

Where’s Corey?

Buffalo’s newest player, wide receiver Corey Coleman, is traveling to Rochester today, so he was not at practice. General manager Brandon Beane was asked whether he expects Coleman to play in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers, and Beane said that the decision is entirely up to head coach Sean McDermott and the coaching staff. Coleman is expected to practice tomorrow.

Quick hits

First-team wide receivers opposite Kelvin Benjamin were, Rod Streater, Jeremy Kerley, and Andre Holmes, according to Sal Capaccio...Logan Thomas worked with the first team, hauling in a pass from Peterman...Mike Rodak said that Robert Foster was working with the second team. He caught a pass from McCarron on a deep curl, and then McCarron overthrew him one play later...Capaccio noted the depth behind Charles Clay, as Jason Croom caught another beautiful touchdown from McCarron today...defensive end Shaq Lawson had a nice day, according to Mark Ludwiczak, which including a sack, a pass breakup, and a good number of pressures...Robert Foster, on the other hand, did not have a good day. He dropped a pass that led to an interception late in practice.