It was a boom or bust day for big plays, with the offense either taking advantage of a breakdown or the defense making a pickoff. Roscoe Parrish and Craig Davis beat Drayton Florence deep in passing drills. Tight end Scott Chandler made a couple of nice catches. Tyler Thigpen hit Donald Jones with a tight throw in the back of the end zone over Aaron Williams. In 11-on-11 work, Spencer Johnson and Kyle Williams broke through for would-be sacks. Lee Evans caught a TD pass that bounced off the hands of both Florence and Terrence McGee. Later, McGee rebounded his own deflection for an interception return for a TD. Evans had the catch of the day along the sideline vs. tight coverage from Leodis McKelvin. Rian Lindell hit a 52-yard field goal.
Receiver David Nelson was absent from practice. He left practice Thursday after feeling ill.
"He wasn't feeling good," coach Chan Gailey said. "They sent him back to Buffalo for tests. It looks like it's all calmed down now, and I think he'll probably be back tomorrow or at worst the next day."
Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (hamstring) and receiver Marcus Easley (knee) still are out. Sitting out with bumps and bruises were tight ends David Martin and Shawn Nelson. Shawne Merriman was rested.
From Buffalo take the Thruway to Exit 47. Take Route 490 East for 25 miles to Exit 25 (Fairport Road - 31F). Turn right or left and follow signs to fan parking. Shuttle busses take fans from the nearby lots to the practice fields. The lots are at Sutherland High School (55 Sutherland St.) and Mendon High School (472 Mendon Road), both near St. John Fisher. The Mendon lot is closed Saturday in favor of the lot at Barker Road Middle School.
The Bills practice from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. today. Practices both Sunday and Monday are 3:20 to 5:30 p.m. The team is off Tuesday. A free ticket is required for tonight's session and Wednesday's night session. They are available at Rochester Verizon Wireless locations.
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Quote of the Day
"We always take grief early in camp because the defensive line's getting after the O-line. It's easier for them. They can play four individually and get upfield. We've got to play five as a unit. We just have to keep jelling." - Center Eric Wood.
--Compiled by Mark Gaughan