In this corner
A training camp perennial finally showed up Monday when a pair of fights broke out. The tete-a-tete between offensive lineman Isaiah Thompson and defensive end T.J Langley was the most lively, with several punches thrown before Langley earned points for a takedown and the fight was broken up.
Round Two pitted center Geoff Hangartner against Lionel Dotson after Hangartner drove him into the ground after the whistle was blown. A few punches were thrown but nothing major.
"It's part of the game," said Chan Gailey of the fisticuffs. "You have to be smart and not get hurt with that but if you don't have a little bit of an edge to you you're going to have a hard time playing this game."
The defense shined Monday although there were a few offensive highlights. Most notable was a screen pass to running back Johnny White (inset) that went for a TD, although it happened because of busted coverage. Also, fullback Jehuu Caulcrick threw a nice block to free up space for Bruce Hall for a big gain. Otherwise, it was all defense with the linebackers and ends swarming off the edges during 11-on-11 drills and forcing bad throws. The defense recorded five sacks, had an interception by rookie corner Doyle Miller and a fumble recovery by linebacker Aaron Maybin. Linebacker Robert Eddins had the best hit of the day when he crushed quarterback Brad Smith after a scramble. Linebacker Shawne Merriman tweeted afterwards, "Great day for the boys at practice."
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 buses 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 team is off today. Free tickets are required for admission to Wednesday's night session and are available at Rochester Verizon Wireless locations. The Bills practice again from 3:20 to 5:30 Thursday, then travel to Chicago on Friday for the preseason opener against the Bears on Saturday night.
Quote of the day
"Numbers, I guess it is a drop-off but I think I learned a lot. I improved in areas of learning the overall defense and being able to play more versatile. I guess by the numbers it was a drop-off but I learned a lot from it."
-- Safety Jairus Byrd on his second season in the league.