Photo by: Bill Wippert, Buffalo Bills.
PITTSFORD, NY – In a little over a week we'll get a better glimpse into where certain players stand on the depth chart when the Buffalo Bills host Carolina for their first pre-season game. In the meantime, the depth chart continues to take shape out at St. John Fisher College. August has arrived and the Bills training camp rolled on with a morning session.
Almost a week into camp some position battles are starting to sort themselves out, while others remain wide open. There was plenty to see out on the field on Wednesday. Here are five notes from Day Six of camp:
1) QB Pecking order taking shape?
One thing that became clear during Wednesday's practice is that Nathan Peterman is falling behind in the quarterback competition. Four-year veteran A.J. McCarron showed plenty of comfort and consistency under center today with the first-team offense. He's starting to cement himself as the top dog of the group. Meanwhile, Allen saw his reps with the ones increase, and while he is making mistakes, they’re becoming less egregious. It's still early and they haven't even played a preseason game yet, but the QB depth chart could be starting to take shape.
2) A star in the making
It's becoming easier by the day to see what Sean McDermott and the Bills brass saw in rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. He's as good as advertised. Edmunds was flying all over the field today, grabbing a sack and an interception to go along with a handful of other tackles. He's already showing his versatility as a tackler, pass defender and pass rusher. With all due respect to Preston Brown, Edmunds is already looking like an upgrade at middle lineback.
3) Are we there yet?
Following up back to back practices where there were skirmishes between the offense and defense – there were two fights today – it's pretty obvious that the Bills are ready to lineup across from an actual opponent. Today DTs Harrison Phillips and Adolphus Washington were at the center of the extracurriculars. One scrum even saw OL coach Juan Castillo get knocked down while trying to break it up. The team is definitely ready for next week’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
4) Wide receiver roulette
There is still no clear rotation at the WR position behind Kelvin Benjamin, who's definitively No.1 on the depth chart. Jeremy Kerley appears to be penciled in among the starters at either the 2 or 3 depending on the formation. From there, we’ve seen Rod Streater, Brandon Reilly, Malachi Dupre, Robert Foster, and Andre Holmes all take snaps with the first team. Can't forget about rookie Cam Phillips either. He's shown some flashes of dependability and had two nice catches on Wednesday. If he keeps it up he could definitely enter the competition soon.
5) No contest
Although there are 2 punters (Colton Schmidt and Cory Carter) and 2 kickers (Stephen Hauschka and Tyler Davis) on the roster right now, Schmidt and Hauschka don’t appear to have anything to worry about. Hauschka handled all of the kicking duties on Wednesday and what little time there was for punt teamwork, it was Schmidt the whole way. Nothing to see in either of those groups.