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Monday, August 13, 2012

View From 122.....Training Camp

By Fantasy Boyz Editor in Chief Corey Bugenhagen

It was a beautiful summer night Saturday at the campus of St John Fisher College.  Football was in the air and the fans were in full attendance.  The wife and I made our yearly trek down the 90 from Buffalo to the Bills training camp.  For those who haven’t made the trip it is something any Bills fan should do.  The Bills really have things there down pat.  The setup is great, especially for the night practices.  The fans have a great site line.
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As far as the practice went the offense worked very much on the running game.   The Oline definitely was holding their own.  Back was Eric Wood and Pears to the mix.  They didn’t take every rep but it was good to see them out there.  Spiller and Freddy J look as sharp as could be, with Spiller looking especially quick.  Johnny White looked especially impressive out there as well.  He is doing whatever he can to make this team.

In the passing drills none of the QBs were overly sharp.  Fitz had some nice deep balls to Hagan and Easley but the intermediate stuff wasn’t crisp.  Thigpen was off in all facets, underthrowing several deep passes.  Vince Young was ok but not great.   The QBs were forced to run gassers after the practice which should tell you what Gailey thought of their efforts.

On the defensive side of the ball they were focusing on pass rush techniques and coverage schemes.  Shawne Merriman looked very good off the ball, quick and explosive.  The rest of the line was getting off the ball hard lead by Marcel Dareus.  Arthur Moats looked especially quick in the coverage drills.  It made me feel a bit better about him manning the outside. 
All in all it was a great day and I am glad the Bills extended their stay at St John Fisher.  They really do the event the right way and it has kept me coming back year after year.

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