Bills OTAs: WR Reilly, DE Odighizuwa get plenty of looks with 1st team

June 07, 2018 - 2:40 pm

The Bills wrapped up their second-to-last Organized Team Activity Thursday, which was also the last one open to the media before next week’s mandatory minicamp.  Here are some notes, videos, and observations:

—LB Matt Milano, along with WRs Zay Jones (knee), Malachi Dupre (hamstring) and Kaelin Clay, DT Tenny Palepoi, and TE Logan Thomas (knee) did not practice.  No injuries were disclosed unless noted with each player.  All of them came out to the field about half-way through the session but did not participate in any drills.

—Ramon Humber started at WLB in Milano’s place.  The rest of the defense was unchanged from it’s usual self, at least at the very beginning, which included DTs Kyle Williams and Star Loutulelei, DEs Shaq Lawson and Jerry Hughes, SLB Lorenzo Alexander, MLB Tremaine Edmunds, CBs Tre’Davious White and Vontae Davis (outside), CB Phillip Gaines (slot), Safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.

—After the very first group of 11-on-11, Owa Odighizuwa was the starter at DE in place of Shaq Lawson for every other 11-on-11 I saw.  Lawson was with the second team.

—DE Trent Murphy is still wearing a red “no contact” jersey.  So he does everything except work against the offense in those situations.

—QB Nathan Peterman took every first-team rep once again today, as he did two weeks ago on the only day the media was allowed to observe.  AJ McCarron took them last week.

—Ryan Groy started at center for the first time we’ve seen throughout these OTAs.

—WR Kelvin Benjamin definitely looks leaner than last year. Also, he appears to be moving more fluid and very good.  Better than I would have expect after knee surgery immediately following last season.

—The WRs rotate a lot.  Everyone seems to get a rep with at least the second unit, but this is as close I could come to mapping out the “rep chart” from what I saw Thursday, and where guys were getting the bulk of their reps:
1st team: Kelvin Benjamin, Brandon Reilly, Jeremy Kerley
2nd team: Rod Streater, Robert Foster, Andre Holmes, Ray-Ray McCloud
3rd team: Quan Bray, Austin Proehl

—I don’t see how anyone other than Jeremy Kerley starts in the slot for this team right now. Unless they move Zay Jones there when he returns, but they like him outside and Kerley has looked really comfortable there. And there doesn’t appear to be another legitimate option at this point.

—The offense worked on LeSean McCoy taking snaps from the shotgun several times.  Sometimes he would keep the ball and sometimes he’d hand it off.  See video below:

So, this has been the first rep each cycle through to start individual today. Sometimes LeSean keeps it, sometimes he gives.

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) June 7, 2018

—The offense ran a flea-flicker with starters vs. starters. Travaris Cadet (in for LeSean McCoy that play) pitched it back to Nathan Peterman who went deep to Brandon Reilly down the middle. CB Tre’Davious White was not fooled and had perfect coverage to knock it away.

—You know how at the end of a play during practice a coach (or intern) runs as fast as he can to the line of scrimmage and re-places the ball down and signals what down it is? Well, that was Sean McDermott Thursday. Every play.

—Calls I heard from assistant coaches in some way, shape, or form (I think personnel groupings): 
“Charlie Sheen”
“LeBron James”
“John Lennon”
“Halle Berry”

So, this has been the first rep each cycle through to start individual today. Sometimes LeSean keeps it, sometimes he gives.

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) June 7, 2018

Allen on the right. Peterman on the left.

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) June 7, 2018



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