Popping, not crisp
The Bills brought out the full pads for the first time Monday, and there was more intense work on running plays throughout the two-hour and 15-minute practice. However, the players and coaches were not too satisfied with the crispness of practice.
"It's our seventh practice, so they're a little bit weary-legged anyway," coach Dick Jauron said. "It wasn't as crisp as we would have liked. We had to push them a little bit to get through it. It wasn't as hot as it's going to be, but it was pretty hot. It was a good day's work, but we've got to get a lot better."
"The first day is always tough," quarterback J.P. Losman said. "You have to get past the first day. The first day everyone's moving a little bit slower, not as quick, getting tired a little bit faster. Tomorrow is going to be much more crisp. Everyone's going to be a little more excited."
Hail to the chief
Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. made his first appearance at camp and got a small standing ovation from fans in the bleachers when he passed by them on the sidelines. Wilson spoke to the team on the field for a few minutes after practice.
"He's just a funny guy," defensive tackle Larry Tripplett said. "He told us a couple jokes. He wanted to encourage us and make sure we knew about the history and great tradition this team has."
Dick Jauron and J.P. Losman took turns playfully questioning each other during their daily news conferences. Jauron butted into Losman's briefing and asked: "How much more comfortable are you with the same coordinator and the same head coach back?" Replied Losman: "Our head coach is spectacular. He always has positive words for us. He's a funny guy."
Ten minutes later, Losman creeped into the back of the pack of reporters around Jauron and asked: "What do you think of J.P.?" Said the smiling coach: "I think J.P. can speak for himself, and I think he does a very good job of doing it."
The defense looked a bit better than the offense. Defensive tackle John McCargo knifed into the backfield to dump running back Josh Scobey in the red zone. Losman responded on the next play with a play-action touchdown strike to Josh Reed. Earlier, Angelo Crowell picked off a short, overthrown pass over the middle by Losman that was intended for Reed.
Safety Donte Whitner was not shy about contact on the first day in pads. He came into the box to pop tackle Jason Peters on a running play. . . . The linemen worked on pass protection for the first time. Peters and Derrick Dockery did not give up a whiff of the quarterback. Losman's deep balls, on target the first three days, were not connecting.
Tickets to see Thurman Thomas in the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony ceremony Saturday are $26 and can be purchased online at www.profootballhof.com or by calling (330) 456-8207. Tickets also will be sold at the Hall in Canton, Ohio, before the 6 p.m. event.
From Buffalo take the Thruway to Exit 47. Take Route 490 East for 25 miles to Exit 25 (Fairport Road - 31F). Turn right. The shuttle bus lot at East Rochester High School is about a mile down the road. Shuttles run continuously before and after practice.
Free tickets are required for the workout at 7 tonight. They're available at www.buffalobills.com. Wednesday's practice is 1 to 3:05 p.m. Thursday's practice is at 7 p.m., but free tickets for it are being distributed only at the three Verizon Wireless Communications stores in Rochester. The team works 2:15 to 4:25 p.m. Friday and 1 to 3:05 p.m. Saturday.
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Quote of the Day
"It's kind of hard to play linebacker without pads on. Today we got to go out and play." -- linebacker Angelo Crowell.
-- Compiled by Mark Gaughan