Camp observations: Payments offense line trending up as Rodger Saffold returns | Buffalo Payments Information | NFL

PITTSFORD – The Buffalo Payments’ offensive line noticed some constructive developments. The workforce didn’t go full pads on a toasty afternoon apply.

Listed below are notes from Sunday at St. John Fisher College.

The Payments activated guard Rodger Saffold from the NFI checklist Sunday. It was the primary apply of coaching camp for Saffold, who injured his ribs in a automotive accident earlier than camp.

He was nonetheless restricted and didn’t take part in workforce drills, but it surely’s a constructive step for each the 13-year veteran and for the offensive line as an entire. Middle Mitch Morse had a veteran’s relaxation day, suspending the projected starters from taking the sector collectively for the primary time at camp.

Nonetheless, after having a day earlier in camp when Morse was the lone projected began in workforce drills, to inch nearer to all starters again is notable.

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Ryan Bates stuffed in at middle for Morse, and did so all through workforce drills, which additionally was important contemplating the time he missed earlier in camp. With Bates at middle, Bobby Hart stuffed in at proper guard. Proper deal with Spencer Brown noticed an uptick in motion, as he’s eased again into the offense. The second-year deal with participated in one-on-one drills and a few workforce drills.

Whereas it will likely be useful to have the offensive line again collectively and the season opener a couple of month away, offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey isn’t stressing a timetable for the group.

“I believe that is a bit little bit of a really feel factor,” he stated. “I do not assume you possibly can put your finger on like, that is the precise date you’ll want to have all people again or else.”

Dorsey has continued to emphasis the worth in seeing backups get some additional time.

“I believe that is been the factor I like about these guys is a few of these guys are stepping in and actually having to take double dip on the reps or no matter,” Dorsey stated Sunday. “Nobody’s blinked. Nobody’s complained. They only go on the market and work their tail off and do it.”

Guard Greg Mancz practiced, although with a sturdy brace on his proper arm.

Outdoors of Morse’s relaxation day, cornerback Taron Johnson and extensive receivers Isaiah McKenzie and Khalil Shakir didn’t apply Sunday. All three watched apply on the sector, and Shakir began the day on the bike. Basic Supervisor Brandon Beane stated Friday’s Blue & Purple apply at Highmark Stadium was a contributing issue.

“It’s a bit little bit of some guys are sore – that was extra of a game-like environment on the market (Friday), and two, we’ve been totally on grass,” Beane stated. “Typically you go to turf, it’s a bit bit totally different in your physique. So, some guys are sore, simply ensuring. Some guys could possibly be a bit bit, however nothing loopy. … Isaiah, we’ll see – nothing long run.”


The fifth-round draft decide is profiting from his reps in coaching camp because the Payments decide how he’ll match into the offense.

With McKenzie and Shakir out, Sunday held some additional reps for extensive receiver Jamison Crowder. Crowder missed the majority of the start of camp with soreness, and is now catching up to the mark on his rapport with quarterback Josh Allen. Allen appeared to Crowder over the center early within the day, and ended the day getting him concerned as properly. 

Sabres Basic Supervisor Kevyn Adams and coach Don Granato stopped by St. John Fisher to take a look at the Payments’ apply Sunday. Terry Pegula, proprietor of each groups, took within the apply as properly.

The Payments return to the sector at their typical morning time of 9:45 a.m. on Monday, with simply three scheduled practices left earlier than breaking camp.