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John Miller lining up with starters after rookie minicamp

It hasn't taken John Miller long to win over the Buffalo Bills' coaching staff.

Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that the guard is "running with the first team" during this week's voluntary workouts.

"That doesn't mean that he stays there, but that's where he's already fitting in," Ryan said of Miller, the team's third-round draft pick out of Louisville. "You put him out there with the 'ones', mentally that's pretty impressive. It wasn't like we had to slow things down because he was in there."

 

Overall, Ryan said he came away impressed with the team's class of 2015 draft picks.

"Mentally, they're on top of it," he said. "They realize that, 'hey, I better step up that way, or it's going to be tough for me to perform physically.' It's a good group. They were definitely in their books."

Ryan didn't run any 11-on-11 sessions during the minicamp, partly because of positional shortcomings. For example, only four offensive linemen took part.

"You don't know how much training guys have done," Ryan said.

Instead, the focus was bringing players up to speed as much as possible from a mental standpoint, so that when organized team activities begin later this month, they're "ready to step in and have a chance to not be too far behind the veteran players."

As one might expect, Ryan came away impressed with second-round draft pick Ronald Darby, the cornerback from Florida State, as well as his Seminoles teammate, Nick O'Leary, a tight end taken in the sixth round.

"Ronald, his quickness, change of direction, things like that, it was impressive," Ryan said. "O'Leary caught a bunch of balls. Those are the main two guys that jumped out."

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