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Things We Learned: Notes from Day 2 of Bills training camp

1. Groy gets his shot at center

Fifth-year veteran Ryan Groy got his shot to work with the starting unit at center on Day 2 of training camp. Newly acquired Russell Bodine got the first crack at center on Thursday.

Groy has gotten all of his work so far at center, none at guard. Barring an injury at guard, it's apparent that if Groy is going to win a starting role, it's going to have to come at center.

Groy has the ability to back up at guard, but it would be hard for him to beat out current first-teamers Vlad Ducasse and John Miller while getting only occasional snaps at guard (and he hasn't had any). Expect Bodine and Groy to rotate with the starters day to day, at least for the early part of camp.

2. Jerry Hughes is fresh

The Bills' best edge rusher looked like a NASCAR threat off the edge on Day 2. He beat left tackle Dion Dawkins with pure speed moves twice, getting nearly horizontal to the ground around the corner on the way to the quarterback. The first time came on an 18-yard completion to Kelvin Benjamin.

Of course, the QBs are off limits to the defense, so it was hard to tell if Hughes would have hit AJ McCarron before or after the pass was fired. Hughes buzzed by McCarron later on a dump-off to Chris Ivory. Would he have affected the throw? Probably.

Other notables: Trent Murphy remained the starter at left defensive end, opposite Hughes. But Shaq Lawson got a few snaps in Murphy's place. Otherwise, Lawson was with the twos. ... The defense has done a good job of stringing out runs to the outside. ... Tight end Logan Thomas took advantage of a coverage bust by the second-teamers to catch a 30-yard sideline pass from Nathan Peterman. ... Ramon Humber had a quality pass breakup on a sideline pass for Thomas.

3. Gunners are wild

The Bills worked on punt returns and punt coverage on Day 2, and they had five twosomes rotating at the gunner position, the outside coverage men on the punt team. Who cares about gunners? Hey, this is Steve Tasker's town. All fans should care about gunners.

The job is wide open, and the Bills' punt coverage team was good last year. Buffalo allowed the fifth best punt-return average in the league (just 5.5 yards per return). The tandems at gunner were: Lafayette Pitts and Taiwan Jones, Phillip Gaines and Rod Streater, Taron Johnson and Robert Foster, L.J. McCray and Brandon Reilly, Malachi Dupre and Austin Proehl. Look for Andre Holmes to factor into the gunner mix, too. Catching punts were Jeremy Kerley and Ray-Ray McCloud.

4. The real action starts Saturday

The Bills will have their first practice in pads since January when they convene for Day 3, at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

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