Observations from first day of Bills camp
July, 29, 2010
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A few notes from Thursday's opening session at Buffalo Bills training camp:
- Outside linebacker Chris Kelsay left the field with a shoulder injury. Head coach Chan Gailey wasn't sure how much time Kelsay would miss, but did say "it looks like he'll be out a little while."
- The Bills placed indecisive outside linebacker Aaron Schobel on the reserve/did-not-report list. They placed linebackers Nic Harris and Jon Corto on the physically unable-to-perform list.
- Inside linebacker Paul Posluszny watched in a ballcap. He revealed Wednesday he underwent minor groin surgery this month and will be eased back into action. Kawika Mitchell replaced Posluszny on the field.
- Steve Johnson was the No. 2 receiver opposite Lee Evans. Bills coach Chan Gailey said Johnson earned the opportunity through his strong offseason performance.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick threw the first interception of camp in a seven-on-seven drill. He tossed a floater intended for Evans in the right flat, but cornerback Leodis McKelvin jumped in and stole it. Given the quarterback battle, I'd like to have chronicled other interceptions but couldn't because ...
- If the first day is any indication, then it will be difficult for reporters to be the eyes and ears of the fans at Bills camp. New media policies place us at field level and at the back of one end zone. When the team conducted 11-on-11 drills Thursday, players not in the action formed a blockade that prevented us from viewing who's on the field, what plays they're running or how they looked executing them.
- We could plainly see Demetrius Bell during 11-on-11 drills because he was part of the cordon. He lined up at starting left tackle during a casual drill early in practice, but watched when action got heavy. Gailey said Bell's surgically repaired knee isn't quite ready yet.
- The crowd at St. John Fisher was as sparse as I've seen it. Veteran reporters who've covered this team since they moved training camp here in 2000 said it was among the thinnest and most disengaged gatherings they could remember. Granted, the first practice started at 3 p.m. on a Thursday, but schools aren't in session either. While trying to catch a glimpse of 11-on-11 drills, a few reporters discussed how autographs are such a big part of the training-camp experience, but who on the Bills' roster would compel fans to make the effort? Terrell Owens certainly helped in that regard last year.