Allen-to-Sanders connection heats up on Monday

Emmanuel Sanders had a big day catching passes from Josh Allen

Three notable players left Buffalo Bills training camp early on Monday, as the team practiced in near 90-degree temperatures.

Trainers were seen tending to several other players throughout the session, often supplying water or wet towels around their necks and heads.

Cornerback Tre’Davious White and running back Matt Breida both left practice with heat-related issues, while linebacker Matt Milano was taken off with a mouth injury.

Offensive linemen Jon Feliciano and Tommy Doyle both missed practice due to a non-COVID-19 illnesses. Guard Forrest Lamp was there, but not practicing. He’s been out with a calf injury.

Defensive tackle Vernon Butler has a concussion and running back Christian Wade is still dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him out. Center Mitch Morse got a veteran rest day.

Left tackle Dion Dawkins was present for the first time, but didn’t participate. He’s been on the Reserve/COVID-19 list since camp started back on July 28.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs did not practice with a knee injury, but was present and helping. However, fellow receiver Emmanuel Sanders was back after missing multiple practices with a foot injury, and took full advantage of his opportunities. Sanders and quarterback Josh Allen hooked up a lot during the 11-on-11 sessions. Wide receiver Jake Kumerow, whose been a standout at camp since it began, had another nice day, as well.

Allen hit both players on notable plays during practice, first finding Kumerow on a nice toss while he was the move from the pocket, then firing a dart to Sanders between a defender and the sideline, with just enough room to allow the receiver to get both feet in and turn up field.

Defensively, Darryl Johnson is really making a push to stay on the roster. With so many numbers and so much competition at the position, it’s going to be tough for the team to keep everyone. Johnson has a fighting chance because of his special teams value, but he’s also looked good on defense, and turned in a few nice plays on Monday, as well.

Rookie cornerback Rachad Wildgoose flashed a little on Monday, as well, getting involved in several stops. He’s physical, and really tries to find his way to the football whenever he can.

The team will be back in the field on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET.

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