Bills getting plenty of reps for young corners

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is liking what he's seeing so far
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Orchard Park, N.Y. (WGR 550) – In preseason game No. 1, the starters didn’t play. That gave some young players a great opportunity to show what they could do, including cornerbacks Kaiir Elam and Christian Benford.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier says he knows what Taron Johnson and Dane Jackson can do, so he wanted to see the rookies in action.

“We wanted to take a good look at the young corners," said Frazier on Wednesday. "We have a pretty good feel for Dane, and he’ll get some work before the preseason is done. But we wanted to get as many views of our young corners as we could, and it’ll be the same way in these final two preseason games. We need to get a real good evaluation of the two of them.”

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As far as what Elam and Benford were able to do against the Indianapolis Colts, Frazier says he was really impressed with their work.

"They were both targeted, and when they had opportunities to make plays, they made plays,” he said. “They were physical, they got their hands on balls, they were good in man coverage. We were pleased with their first outing.”

Tre White is still not practicing yet, and it’s not known when that will happen.

“It would be great if we were to get him," Frazier said of his No. 1 cornerback. "If Nate Breske, our head trainer, were to come by and said, 'Tre’Davious was going to be ready to go tomorrow,' that would be welcome news. But in the meantime, we’ve really got to do a good job of getting Christian and Kaiir ready, along with Dane, and see what happens from there.”

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It was a very spirited practice on Wednesday for the Bills.

During a goal line period, Isaiah McKenzie tried to block Tremaine Edmunds. Tempers flared with Gabe Davis joining the fray going after Edmunds.

One play later, Stefon Diggs made a great catch for a touchdown in front of Taron Johnson, who put Diggs down to the ground. The wide receiver popped up and spiked the ball right in front of Johnson. That led to the pushing and shoving starting again before head coach Sean McDermott ran over and broke it up.

Bruce Smith was, again, at practice, showing techniques to the defensive ends. He also addressed the team after practice.

Tim Settle was at practice, but didn’t participate with a calf injury. Kingsley Jonathan also sat out with an ankle problem.

Micah Hyde and Spencer Brown were out with general soreness, but Von Miller was back on the field practicing for the first time this week.

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