Oh, yeah. The Buffalo Bills practiced Friday, too.
While much of the attention on the team centered, understandably, on the massive trades that sent receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams and cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles, business went on as usual.
Here are our observations from Day 12:
1. It’s a new schedule under Sean McDermott. Practicing the day after a game is a change from the way the Bills have done things in the past. The team held a short workout that went less than an hour on one of the grass fields outside the ADPRO Sports Training Center.
2. Shareece Wright occupied Darby’s spot in the lineup. With second-year veteran Kevon Seymour held out of practice Friday with foot soreness, Wright lined up opposite Tre’Davious White with the first-team defense.
3. Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin run with the starting offense. With Watkins out of the picture the Bills went with Jones – a rookie second-round draft pick – and Bolding – a 15-year veteran signed earlier in the week.
“I don’t think it’s added responsibility,” Jones said. “I feel I was brought here for a reason. That’s to help this football team. So whatever my job is, that’s I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. Outside people may see it as that, but its just going out and doing my job each and everyday.”
4. The “not practicing” list was lengthy. In addition to Seymour, left tackle Cordy Glenn (foot), defensive end Ian Seau, safety Bacarri Rambo, linebacker Tanner Vallejo and offensive lineman Michael Ola were also held out of practice. Rambo suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Vikings, coach Sean McDermott said, and is being listed as week to week.
Vallejo suffered a shoulder injury against Minnesota, while the injuries to Ola and Seau were not disclosed. Seau did miss time earlier in training camp because of a foot injury.
5. Shaq Lawson was back. In good news on the injury front, the second-year defensive end was back with the starters. Lawson suffered a minor groin injury a week ago and has been limited in practice since. He sat out Thursday’s game.
6. Special teams works on a very particular drill. McDermott’s attention to detail is no joke. During the special-teams period Friday, the team worked on recovering a botched snap on a field-goal attempt. After taking the snap, the holder would toss the ball to the side as if got away from him, setting up the defensive players with a chance to recover.
7. Andre Holmes has another drop. The Bills’ veteran receiver couldn’t come up with a throw over the middle that was right to him. On its own, that wouldn’t be a big deal, but when factoring in the other drops Holmes has had during camp, it’s part of a troubling trend.
Meanwhile, Rod Streater made his daily practice highlight when he caught a touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor down the left sideline.
8. T.J. Yates still the backup quarterback. After a rough showing Thursday against the Vikings, some Bills fans have started calling for rookie Nathan Peterman to get a look with the second-string offense. That didn’t happen Friday, though. Speaking of Peterman …
9. He ended practice with an interception. Peterman was looking for rookie undrafted receiver Daniel Shorts, but his pass was tipped by cornerback Marcus Sayles and bounced right to fellow cornerback Greg Mabin for an easy interception.
10. The Bills will take Saturday off. The team returns to St. John Fisher College in Pittsford on Sunday to resume training camp. Practice beings at 2:15 p.m. and requires a ticket. The team will then practice at 8:45 a.m. Monday and Tuesday before breaking camp and returning home to Orchard Park.