We’ve come to the end of the first full week of training camp and also the first time we saw the players in full pads. The first couple of days of camp are no contact drills, including position-specific drills. Tuesday was the first day of full pads and the first real Buffalo Bills football since January. There have been some players that have already made a name for themselves during the early parts of camp on both sides of the ball. Let’s talk about some of these guys.
Kumerow’s hot start
On the offensive side of the ball, we have to start with Wide Receiver Jake Kumerow. He has been showing out in training camp. He’s shown off his hands and his ability to make tough catches. Kumerow took reps with the first team on Saturday and played very well, catching a touchdown from Allen. He also had some good routes against Tre White and showed versatility catching deep balls and some intermediate passes. He has gotten high praise from players and coaches. McDermott said that he is a great locker room guy, while Dane Jackson said that he is a very versatile Receiver and can do a lot of different things for the team.
McKenzie making a good case to be return man
Another Receiver who is having a good training camp is Isaiah McKenzie. His route running in one-on-one drills was great, breaking down Cornerbacks on multiple occasions. Also, he has already shown himself to be the Bills’ leading return man. This is a huge deal for the team, finding someone who is going to pick up the slack for what we lost with Andre Roberts.
Allen looking sharp
QB1 looks really good to start training camp, and has had multiple good days this week. He has been delivering the ball on time and on target. There have been a couple of missed throws, but that’s to be expected. He has been able to work well with all of the Receivers on the roster. He seems to be on the same page as Diggs and Beasley, completing the types of passes that we saw from them toward the middle of last season.
New and Improved pass rush
Turning now to defense, our Edge Rushers look good so far in training camp. Gregory Rousseau has had multiple sacks and has been able to show off some pass rush moves, beating Spencer Brown with a spin move and Daryl Williams with brute strength. Efe Obada has had some strong outings so far, showing off his pass rush moves and his athleticism. He has been very consistent as well, moving him up on the list of pass rushers to make the team. Finally, Mario Addison has looked fresh and is feeling good at practice. He has also shown himself to be a great leader on the field and in the locker room during his interviews and the way he talks about the younger guys.
The Linebackers have had a pretty good week as well. Starting with Tremaine Edmunds, who had his best day of camp Thursday. He made big plays in the passing game, including an interception of Allen. He also made good plays in the run game – filling holes well and playing sideline to sideline. Tyrel Dodson had a great day on Tuesday, making big plays on run defense and laying a big hit after getting off a block. He was also quick to the ball and played to the whistle.
This past week of training camp has shown that getting a spot on this team is going to be tough. A lot of players are making good cases for roster spots and there will likely be some very tough decisions in the coming weeks.