Cody Ford starts at right tackle for second day in a row

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Pittsford, NY (WGR550) - Some notes and observations from the second day of Bills training camp here at St. John Fisher College on Friday:

  • There was one change made on the starting offensive line as the competition for spots there continues. Spencer Long started at right guard, where Jon Feliciano was Thursday. That meant the starting five looked like this: 
    • LT - Dion Dawkins
    • LG - Quinton Spain
    • C  - Mitch Morse
    • RG - Spencer Long
    • RT - Cody Ford

It’s notable that rookie Cody Ford started at right tackle for the second day in a row and was not in a rotation.

  • Andre Roberts continues to get plenty of reps with the starting offense as a wide receiver. Roberts was an All-Pro kick returner last year and has only caught 11 passes over the last two seasons. Robert Foster saw a few reps Thursday with the starters, but plenty more on Friday. Zay Jones joined them as the primary first-team wideouts, along with John Brown and Cole Beasley, who have been constants with the top unit, but there is a healthy rotation going at the position. In fact, unless I missed a rep for one of them, the only wide receivers I did not see work in with the first unit at all were Victor Bolden, David Sills, Duke Williams, Cam Phillips, and Nick Easley. 
  • LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, and Devin Singletary all get regular reps as the running backs with the first and second teams, but always in that order so far. T.J. Yeldon and Marcus Murphy primarily worked with the second and third units. Running back Christian Wade, a converted rugby player, just got the very last play on offense where he caught a pass. That’s the first time I’ve seen him on the field in any team work. 
  • On defense, there is a good battle brewing at the starting cornerback spot opposite Tre’Davious White. Levi Wallace and Kevin Johnson rotated with the first team. Johnson also saw snaps inside at slot corner behind Taron Johnson. E.J. Gaines also played that spot, as he has been since OTAs and minicamp. 
  • Siran Neal also popped up in the nickel cornerback position. He’s been lining up everywhere from safety to linebacker to cornerback, on and off the line of scrimmage. After practice, I asked Neal what he considers himself now, a safety, cornerback, or linebacker. He said “whatever they want me to be. Hybrid Guy.” It’s going to be really interesting to see how Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier use him during the season. 
  • Jordan Phillips continues to start next to Star Lotulelei at defensive tackle, with Ed Oliver and Harrison Phillips behind them.   

Injury Update:

Tight end Jason Croom missed practice with hamstring injury. It's the same hamstring he was dealing with when he missed work during OTAs and minicamp. 

Up next:
The team is back on the field Saturday for another 9:45 a.m. practice. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is scheduled to meet with the media at 9:15 a.m. The practice is open to the public, however, a ticket is required to attend.

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