PITTSFORD – The Buffalo Bills were a bit testy with each other while practicing on a hot afternoon and for a second straight day after Friday’s exhibition game.
Early in Sunday’s workout, the running backs and defensive backs were doing individual drills on separate sides of the field. Suddenly the two groups came together for some jawing and shoving. No punches were thrown.
Running back Fred Jackson said the players are getting testy about the “dog days” of training camp. The team is off today but it has a tough week ahead, with sessions against the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday and Thursday in advance of the exhibition game Saturday. The joint practices will be held in Latrobe, Pa.
“We’ve been here I don’t even know how long, three weeks?” Jackson said. “You can expect that on a hot day. We haven’t had a break for a little while, so you can expect that out here. It’s part of training camp, though. We go back in the locker room and it’s left out on the field.”
Apparently someone said something mildly offensive to cause the brief scrum Sunday.
“That’s all it was,” Jackson said. “That’s something we do all the time, mess with those guys, and that’s just what that was out there on the field, just get ready, get riled up to go have a work day today.”
The Bills had a light practice Saturday, the day after the game, but had a full practice Sunday.
There wasn’t a ton of hitting, but the team did run four plays of full-tackling, goal-line drills.
“It’s just part of it,” Jackson said. “I think it’s going to be a good learning tool for us, something we can fall back on during the season when things are tough.”
Receiver Mike Williams was a standout again in Sunday’s practice. In red-zone work, he made a one-handed grab over cornerback Corey Graham along the sideline of the end zone and got both feet in bounds. EJ Manuel made the throw. Graham playfully threw the ball at Williams’ back as the receiver walked away. Williams also had a 20-yard TD over the middle.
“He’s been consistent tracking the ball, whether it’s the fade or the deep ball or the post,” Manuel said. “I think a great example of that was in the game, the corner played off him a little bit, I just stuck it on him and he went up and made a great catch. Having that as a security blanket at receiver is awesome for us.”
Sammy Watkins made another dazzling one-handed catch, off an underneath throw by Manuel that was behind the receiver.
The Bills signed cornerback Sam Miller and waived cornerback Michael Carter. Miller spent time with the Bills in the spring on a tryout basis. The 5-10, 190 pound Florida International product played in nine games in 2013 during his senior season for the Panthers, recording 33 tackles and returning eight punts for 105 yards.