McDermott says training camp injuries 'give young guys opportunities'

The Bills head coach met with the media to give an injury update ahead of Thursday's practice

Pittsford, N.Y. (WGR 550) - Injuries are always a concern for anny football team during training camp, which is why it's always good to have that "next man up" mentality when a body goes down.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott met with the media ahead of Thursday's training camp practice at St. John Fisher University in Rochester. He was able to provide updates on the team's nagging injuries, which includes safety Jordan Poyer with his elbow injury and now wide receiver Marquez Stevenson with a foot injury.

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With those players and others banged up and unable to fully participate in practice, this has allowed a number of the younger players on the roster to show their stuff and what they may be able to provide going forward to the roster.

One name that McDermott brought up was 2022 sixth-round rookie cornerback Christian Benford. Benford has been getting a good amount of action recently, as veteran cornerback Tre'Davious White is still not practicing after tearing his ACL last season in the Bills' Thanksgiving matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

Despite Benford's lack of experience at the professional level, McDermott has no issue throwing him in against the team's top receivers.

"He's had a good start to camp. He seems to have a good way about him. His disposition both on the field and off, his football IQ, and his combination of size and skill are all things we want to see," said McDermott during his chat with the media. "We're going to take him one day at a time and not get too far ahead of ourselves, but we wanted to give him some time with the [first group] and see how he fared."

Benford isn't the only younger player in the secondary to see a substantial amount of snaps in training camp, as the injuries to Poyer and fellow safety Micah Hyde have also opened up opportunities.

"With Micah and Jordan out, it provides an opportunity for those young guys," McDermott said. "It's a great chance for those guys to step in, get some snaps, gain experience, and for us to evaluate what he have on the roster."

More from McDermott's press conference is available in the player below:

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