Monday Josh Allen and the Bills offense started off the week on all cylinders.

Tuesday, the defense had a solid response.

Let's dive into the observations from the 6th practice of training camp.

Pads Come On

Maybe it's just me, but seems like this is the latest I can remember the Bills put the pads on for the first time of camp.

Nonetheless, today was the day and Sean McDermott admitted the juices were flowing for him a little bit more.

It wasn't full-contact just yet, rather going "thud," meaning players wrap, but aren't supposed to fully take someone to the ground.

Still, this is now where the evaluations truly begin, especially in the trenches.

Defense Has Nice Response

I'd say the offense has been ahead of the defense for the majority of the first week of camp.

Tuesday was quite possibly the D's best day yet.

Matt Milano tipped a Josh Allen pass to Dawson Knox and it was intercepted by Micah Hyde.

Boogie Basham had one of a few tipped passes by the defensive line.

Allen in general was not as sharp as we've seen, off the mark at times.

In individual work, the DL was winning against the OL, with Basham beating Jordan Devey, Justin Zimmer beating Forerest Lamp, and another W for Greg Rousseau against Daryl Williams.

Gentry, Hodgins With Top Catches of the Day

The offense did have their moments in 1-on-1 work between WRs and CBs.

Isaiah Hodgins made a great catch on deep ball with Siran Neal draped all over him, holding on through the contact and falling out of bounds.

That was immediately outdone by Tanner Gentry, adjusting to the ball by turning his body towards the sideline and reeling in the catch, landing hard on his shoulder. Dane Jackson could not believe Gentry held on.

All four QBs were dropping dimes with most of the WRs getting free for the catch.

Addison's New Role

The selection of Greg Rousseau and Boogie Basham in the 1st and 2nd round of the NFL Draft could have sent a message to Mario Addison that his time with the Bills would be one-and-done.

Rather than being mad, Addison immediately reached out to the rookies to begin his new role: mentor.

Addison admitted his workload last season was too much, feeling worn down, hence affecting his ability to rush the quarterback.

With Rousseau and Basham in the mix, he welcomes a reduced role, especially as he's encouraged by the early production from the rookies.

Rousseau and Basham not the only young DEs who look to inject new life into the Bills DL.

A.J. Epenesa has received praise from players and coaches alike dating back to OTAs and minicamp, with Addison no different.

Addison tied for the team lead in sacks last season with 5.

Injury Notes

Jon Feliciano was out of practice with a sore shoulder. He suffered the injury during practice on Monday.

Marquell Harrell hurt his foot during practice today.

Jacob Hollister missed his fifth-straight practice with a back injury.

Jerry Hughes remains on the NFI list with a calf strain.

Ike Boettger and Dion Dawkins are still on the COVID list, though Boettger once again was working with the training staff off to the side. Dawkins was not present.

 

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