What we learned: Notes from Day 5 of Bills training camp
1. Second O-line shuffles. The second-team offensive line included the same five but the guards and tackles switched sides on Day 5. Most notably, second-year man Conor McDermott moved from right tackle to left tackle. Rookie Wyatt Teller moved from right guard to left guard. Ryan Groy was the center. (Russell Bodine took his turn with the first teamers.) Marshall Newhouse, who has been playing left guard, went to right tackle. De'Ondre Wesley, at left tackle the past few days, went over to right guard.
Guard, it says here, is Wesley's best spot. Can McDermott handle left tackle? The coaches want to see. In one-on-one drills, McDermott did a good job against defensive end Terrence Fede on the second try. (Fede got an early jump and pressure on the first try.)
Meanwhile, other observations from the one-on-one session: Groy had wins vs. Phillips and Rickey Hatley. Bodine went 1-1 vs. Star Lotulelei. John Miller held up twice against Adolphus Washington. (Miller also had a nice seal block on a LeSean McCoy gash run up the middle.) Kyle Williams zipped past Vlad Ducasse.
Then there was a fight. Dion Dawkins, who has been solid all camp, walled off Eddie Yarbrough, then aggressively finished the block for another 5 yards. Yarbrough hit Dawkins, who retaliated. Spirits were running high the next several minutes.
2. Rafael Bush is an upgrade. The Bills are deeper at safety with the 31-year-old free-agent signee from New Orleans as the No. 3 man. Bush picked off the second pass attempt of the day, cutting in front of tight end Jason Croom on the back line of the end zone and grabbing a late throw over the middle from AJ McCarron. Bush also filled a hole in 9-on-7 run drills to get a tackle for loss. Late in the practice, he raked the ball out of Ray-Ray McCloud's hands on a short pass near the goal line to force a fumble that might have gone out of the end zone.
"I always try to go through the Rolodex in my mind on what did I do wrong first," Bush said. "I'm trying to make corrections before I even watch the tape. Those other plays are good. It was great to get an interception in a team situation, but there's other things I could clean up. I was really just doing my job. My job is to read the quarterback. He was looking that way. In the red zone everything is happening quick. Knowing that, I was able to make the play."
3. Enough with the Kyle Williams comparisons. Rookie defensive tackle Harrison Phillips bears somewhat of a resemblance to Kyle Williams. And now he's getting snaps at Williams' 3-technique position, in addition to playing his primary spot as the backup to Star Lotulelei over the shoulder of the center.
But Phillips wants to nip any "Kyle Junior" talk in the bud. Asked about being a "Kyle clone," the Stanford graduate replied: "I can't just let you say that. We are not clones. He is a 13-year, five-time Pro Bowler. We are not clones right now. There is millions and millions of baby steps I have to try to achieve in order to even simulate anything like a career like that. You can draw some similarities by the way we look and things like that. But I have the answers to the test. I have the blueprint of what I have to do to be successful in this league, and that's watching those guys."
4. Shaq Lawson shows up. With starting left end Trent Murphy getting a rest day, the Bills' third-year player made some flash plays. Lawson remains stout against the run. He had two stops in 9-on-7 run drills. Then he batted down Nathan Peterman's first attempt on a bootleg rollout. Then he stuffed a blitz-induced check-down pass to a back. Don't count out Lawson just yet.
5. No-fly zone. Tre'Davious White broke up the first pass of the day, a fade from Nathan Peterman for Kelvin Benjamin in the corner of the end zone. ... However, Benjamin battled White and had some good catches in 7-on-7 passing. Those two are making each other better. Joining Benjamin at first-team receiver were Andre Holmes and Jeremy Kerley (slot). ... Marcus Murphy and Chris Ivory each busted misdirection runs up the middle for 7-yard scores.