On first day of pads, Diggs shows skills of No. 1 wide receiver Bills need

August 17, 2020 - 2:04 pm
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Finally. Real football practice. The Buffalo Bills hit the field for their first fully-padded practice of 2020 Monday just outside their indoor practice facility at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park.

The team had been going though the first two phases of the shorted offseason since July 28, but began the "contact integration period" Monday.

Although members of the media weren't allowed to walk to all areas of the field, due to COVID-19 protocols, it was still a chance to finally see the team on the field, and doing actual football work.

Here are some observations and video from Day One:

  • Stefon Diggs looks every bit the part of a true No. 1 wide receiver. From the very first few minutes when he was catching red zone passes from Josh Allen, to 1-on-1 drills, Diggs ran terrific routes and made difficult catches look easy. Here's a glimpse:

During 1-on-1's, Diggs beat cornerback Josh Norman on a beautiful route, catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Allen.

Norman made up for it in his own way a bit later in 11-on-11, making a terrific break on the ball for a pass breakup.

  • As for Allen, I noticed how several times he threw the ball before Diggs made his break. On time and on target. It looked like they already had quite a bit of chemistry.
  • Practice ended with wide receiver John Brown making a terrific catch on a deep ball thrown by Allen. He was being covered by All-Pro cornerback Tre'Davious White on the play.

  • Rookie wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins really stands out, literally. He's tall and even thicker than I anticipated.
  • Rookie kicker Tyler Bass went 6-for-9 in the live portion of field goal work. Stephen Hauschka did not attempt any kicks.
  • We know rookie running back Zack Moss runs hard. Here's a look at him:

  • And a little look at the defense.

Injury update:

  • CB Levi Wallace (back) and DT Ed Oliver (hip) did not practice Monday, along with RG Jon Feliciano (chest) and Tommy Sweeney (PUP/foot)
  • Defenisve tackle Harrison Phillips practiced and is fuly cleared after rehabbing his torn ACL from almost a year ago.

The team will be back on the field Tuesday morning.

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