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What does Rick Dennison expect from his offense in first preseason game?

PITTSFORD - There are inevitable adjustments in the works from Buffalo's offensive cornerstones, Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins, each adjusting to a new offensive scheme under first-year offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and new head coach Sean McDermott.

Each has their own individual challenges as well, starting with Taylor, who has vowed to make smarter decisions in the pocket rather than honing in on his scrambling prowess. McCoy, the team's best player at 29, is tasked with bucking the trend of running backs experiencing a decline at his age. Watkins will be watched with a hawk's eye by everyone inside and outside program to see if health allows the No. 1 receiver to gel with his quarterback.

The Bills, according to Football Outsiders, ranked 16th in the NFL last season in seconds per play (27.54). They ranked the same in yards per game (354.1) and slightly higher in points per game (10th, 24.9).

Though the trio won't be on display in full force come Thursday night's preseason opener against Minnesota at New Era Field, Dennison wants to see how explosive his offense can be, whoever it is he rolls out.

"I wanna see tempo. I wanna see 'em up and down, have a sense of urgency every play," Dennison said before Day 10 of training camp at St. John Fisher Monday morning. "I wanna see being physical on the ball, see if we can do that, and we'll just operate, whatever call we have."

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In addition to Taylor, backup T.J. Yates and rookie Nathan Peterman will shoulder a chunk of the offense. The quarterback pecking order hasn't seemed to fluctuate, with each signal-caller having their ups and down but Peterman not surpassing the veteran Yates from where they line up on the practice field.

Dennison hesitated Monday when asked about the progression of Peterman, the sixth-round pick out of Pittsburgh, who hasn't raised many eyebrows in his first nine days of camp.

"I don't think he's done...," Dennison started, before reversing course. "I think he's done a very good job. I think he blends in with those two guys ... His progression is a lot like T.J.'s when he was a rookie."

Granted, nothing too substantial can be deduced from practice, even well into its second week. Game action comes against the Vikings in three days, the first true barometer of where this revamped offense stands.

"We're gonna be right on some calls and we're not gonna be right on some," Dennison said. "But ... we're gonna make some plays."

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