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52 minutes ago, YoloinOhio said:

Sal is referring to the fake jugs machine video from Brady earlier this week 

Oh that explains it - I avoid any Brady media/content like the plague.  If I even see his douchebag cheating face on any media device I immediately make it go away. 

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I'll post snippets. I highly recommend subscribing to the Athletic. The training camp and all-22 reports alone are worth the price.


 

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Allen looks sharp on his first day back
The Bills didn’t dive headfirst into their initial session with maximum reps of team drills, but Allen and his receivers looked in tune with one another when they did. The fourth-year quarterback showed his poise and patience to go through his reads, and if they weren’t there, he extended the plays to give his receivers a chance to work back for the ball. The accuracy was there with on-target passes, some into tight windows, and he gave his receivers every opportunity to gain yardage after the catch. His worst misfire came under pressure from the defense and was too far ahead over the middle to tight end Jake Hollister, but even that was only a couple of yards off. It was a good mistake, though, because Hollister found himself in between the last two defenders without a safety behind him to pick off the pass. If his first day was any indication, Allen looked like the same player that gave defenses problems all season in 2020.


 

 

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Sanders fits right in on opening day

Allen found Sanders on multiple occasions, including an impressive over-the-top throw where Allen spotted something pre-snap, lofted the throw right after the snap and trusted Sanders to win the route. Allen watched as the pass hit the receiver in the perfect spot. After the throw, the two were so excited that they ran to each other for a jumping side bump to celebrate. With how the Bills offense all talk about Sanders and what we saw on the first day, it would not be a surprise to see him be a big piece of the puzzle in 2021. That won’t necessarily leave second-year player Gabriel Davis in the dust because of how often the Bills rotate their receivers and run four-receiver sets. Still, the heavily increased role that some expected for Davis might not immediately be in the cards barring an injury to Sanders.

 

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Ford is returning from offseason surgery and participated fully for the first time since being placed on Injured Reserve last season. McDermott said they wouldn’t put a full workload on Ford on his first day back, but they gave him ample opportunities. Although players can’t use too much physicality before padded practices, Ford worked well with Daryl Williams on some combination blocks in the running game that opened up some holes for running backs. The run blocking is Ford’s calling card at this point but they need to see some improvement as a pass blocker, considering that’s the core identity of the offense. The Bills did not conduct any one-on-one pass-blocking drills against defensive linemen during the first day of practice, so we’ll get a better gauge on Ford’s progress with that later in camp. Still, the run blocking and availability was a good first step in a pivotal third season.

 

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The biggest knock on Knox has been his consistency, most notably, with his hands. He’ll make some fantastic receptions on chances with a high degree of difficulty but then miss the easier ones. Unfortunately for Knox, that reputation followed him into the first practice. Allen delivered a pass on the money over the middle into Knox’s breadbasket that went straight through his hands and fell to the ground. Knox brought in a contested catch with a defender draped all over him only a few plays later. It’s the up-and-down nature of his play as a receiver that has driven most of the talk to improve the group with someone like Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz, and that’s before his occasional struggles with blocking enter the equation. The Bills want to see what they have in Knox, but he has to prove he is much more sure-handed than what we saw on the first day of camp and through his first two seasons. Especially with the athletic Hollister making some nice plays with some opportunities during the spring and on the first day of practice.

 

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Levi Wallace is the incumbent and enters his third straight summer of competition for the starting gig but remains undefeated as the opening game starter the last two seasons. He set the tone early on with some good physicality, a pass breakup and coverage in his few opportunities during team drills. Wallace seems to thrive in the practice setting, which is part of the reason why he’s so endearing to the coaching staff and how he gets starting opportunities. For the second straight summer, Wallace also looks more muscular than he did last year. The Bills focused on building his strength since entering the league as an undrafted rookie, and Wallace has taken that challenge head-on. This summer, though, might represent his biggest challenger yet. Second-year cornerback Dane Jackson put together some good reps in limited game opportunities last season and was a player that Beane seemed excited about when speaking this offseason. Jackson made a flash play of his own on day one, as well, getting physical with the usually physically dominant Duke Williams on a high-pointed contested-catch opportunity. Jackson wrestled Williams to the ground after the ball got there and poked the pass away for an incompletion. Williams has routinely made cornerbacks look silly in practices on that same play in the past, so it was an impressive moment for Jackson.

 

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Keep an eye on Efe Obada for the 53

His first few reps of camp were promising, too, showing all the reasons why the Bills liked him enough to give him that guaranteed money. Even though the Bills picked Darryl Johnson in the draft in 2019, Johnson will likely need to earn his spot over Obada, and it could be an uphill climb.

 

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Brown worked against some of the experienced defensive ends on the roster like Mario Addison and held his own, which was a promising first step. The athleticism is evident and extremely impressive given his 6-foot-8, 311-pound frame. However, his struggles in the spring primarily stemmed from pass blocking consistency, making his development during one-on-ones against defensive ends this summer one of the most intriguing pieces to training camp.

 

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9 hours ago, YoloinOhio said:

 

This is amazing.  17 and 14 will be leading this team to a Lombardi.  The question is, will it be 2021?  I like the start.  Feels right 

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Get home from work.  Wife wants to hang out.  Yeah right. First day of camp.  Must see and hear everything!  Thanks to @YoloinOhio I can find everything in one spot.  You’re the man.  Thanks again for all that you do

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43 minutes ago, NewEra said:

Get home from work.  Wife wants to hang out.  Yeah right. First day of camp.  Must see and hear everything!  Thanks to @YoloinOhio I can find everything in one spot.  You’re the man.  Thanks again for all that you do

YW. It’s a team effort. Trying to hunt down more practice videos.

 

is anyone here going to be at the open practice on Saturday morning? 

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7 hours ago, YoloinOhio said:
 

 

 

 

I'm seeing a MUCH more compact throwing motion in these drills; just like what we saw in those brief clips this summer from his work with Palmer on in-breaking routes. 

 

It's not that wide-open stance we saw a ton of last season (which mostly proved effective). That was all elbow and wrist flick, like throwing darts. These newer mechanics are much quieter, from a closed stance, finishing across his body. Really focused on "taking a bite out of the hamburger," for you QB mechanics nerds. 

 

Very interesting. 

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