Allen with mixed-bag of results Thursday

May 31, 2018 - 2:16 pm

Here are some notes and observations for the Bills OTA session Thursday, their sixth of ten this spring.

—It was announced before practice that TE Logan Thomas had a surgical procedure on his knee and will miss the remainder of OTAs.

—DT Star Lotulelei and CB Vontae Davis were both absent last Thursday while the media was able to watch practice.  But both players were on hand today and took their normal positions amongst the starters.


Lotulelei back meant Harrison Phillips was working woth the second-team and Davis' return pushed Phillip Gaines back to the slot and working with the secnd team on the outside.

—QB reps: A.J. McCarron took all the first-team reps.  Nathan Peterman second-team reps, and Josh Allen worked exclusively with the third team.

—The Bills worked on 11-on-11 red zone situations early in practice, then 2-minute situations late.  
            In the 2-minute drills: 

  • McCarron led the team down to the defense’s 20-yard line after a couple mid-range completions before being pressured and throwing an incomplete pass on fourth down.  
  • Peterman was sacked early-on but recovered to make a couple completions to move the chains.  His drive ultimately stalled on fourth down deep in the defense’s territory.
  • Allen was intercepted early-on in his first 2-minute try.  On the third play, it looked like he may have misread the coverage or receiver because he threw it right to awaiting CB Breon Borders, who took it back the other way about 30 yards before being ridden out of bounds.
  • Allen got a second chance and took the offense down the field for a touchdown, tossing a nice 15-yard pass to Cam Phillips, floating it over a linebacker to the back corner of the end zone.  On that drive, Allen hit rookie Austin Proehl over the middle and rookie Robert Foster on the sideline, who did a great job to keep both feet in.  Allen also did a good job of reading a TE open down the seam, threw it between two defenders, but slightly behind the intended target, which allowed a safety just enough room to get a hand on it to knock it down.

—On Allen’s very first play 11-on-11, the offense ran a read-option.  The QB pulled it out and took the ball around the right end for a big gain.  On the next play he fired a completion into Foster over the middle.

—Overall, I'd call Allen's day "inconsistent."  Not wildly inconsistent on either side of the spectrum, but there were defnitely throws he should have hit that he didn't, as well as some throws that were right on the money with perfect timing and placement.

—The first-team offensive line was the exact same as last Thursday: 
LT Dion Dawkins, LG Vlad Ducasse, C Russell Bodine, RG Johnathan Miller, RT Jordan Mills

—Rod Streater seemed to be getting most of the reps as the next-in-line wide receiver on the outside behind Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes.

—While watching the defensive line work stunts during individual drills, DT Kyle Williams was basically coaching on the field.  He was calling out the stunt, the personnel, motioning to teammates, and explaining things to them after the play.





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