Bills, Panthers have solid, competitive practice

August 13, 2019 - 1:21 pm

Spartanburg, South Carolina (WGR550) - The Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers accomplished exactly what both teams wanted on day one of joint practices here at Wofford College on Tuesday.

A spirited practice between the two clubs gave them a chance to be in a competitive environment against an opponent other than themselves. Oftentimes in these situations, things get a little too testy and skirmishes or even outright fights break out. That wasn't the case at all on Tuesday. The two teams went through what seemed to be a normal, but highly competitive practice, which is exactly what both coaches wanted to see.

Here are some notes and video from the Bills side of things:

  • Center Mitch Morse was on hand and in a red non-contact jersey. Morse is still in concussion protocol, but that's a huge step for the center after being out for over two weeks. He didn't participate in any drills.

  • Center Russell Bodine (oblique) and offensive tackle Conor McDermott (concussion protocol) were also in red non-contact jerseys and did not participate.
  • The offensive line, with starter listed first, then second-team:

LT - Dion Dawkins/GarrettMcGhin
LG - Quinton Spain/Wyatt Teller
C - Jon Feliciano/Spencer Long
RG - Cody Ford/Ike Boettger
RT - Ty Nsekhe/De'Ondre Wesley

  • Ed Oliver continued to start on the defensive line next to Star Lotulelei.
  • CB Kevin Johnson got time in the slot backing up Taron Johnson. Lafayette Pitts, Denzel Rice, Cam Lewis, and Ryan Lewis all saw a heavy rotation on the outside backing up Tre'Davous White and Levi Wallace. Johnson and Wallace both had interceptions.
  • LeSean McCoy started at running back, but Frank Gore and Devin Singletary both got plenty of work as the Bills shuffled backs in and out.
  • Josh Allen seemed to find Cole Beasley a lot when the first-team offense was going against the Panthers first-team defense. And the connection was in all spots on the field. Underneath, outside the numbers, and mid-range across the middle.
  • It was a day of "just-misses" on several deep balls from Allen to his receivers, but two of them were on the money, but not held on to. Tight end Tommy Sweeney couldn't bring in a ball that hit his hands on a corner route, then wide receiver John Brown had one in his hands on a post pattern that a defensive back was able to get a hand on just as he was bringing it in, causing an incompletion. He then overthrew Robert Foster on a corner route.

Bills fans everywhere

There was a huge crowd of Bills fans on hand all day.

Familiar faces

Of course a lot of Bills and panthers players and coaches have connections to one another, including former Bills CB Kevon Seymour, traded to Carolina prior to 2017.

Up next

These two teams will be back at it Wednesday for the second of two joint practices, beginning at 9:25 a.m.. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will address the media prior to practice and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will do so afterward.

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