ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — Five days of practice, five days of mediocre quarterback play.
Now that we have that part out of the way, a couple things did stand out to me today. Matt Cassel tucked it and ran in 11-on-11, and lowered his shoulder with Marcell Dareus in pursuit – not a good idea, if that was actually a game scenario. Cassel didn’t really stand out for me – yet again. Tyrod Taylor flashed late in practice, firing a nice deep ball to Marquise Goodwin for a touchdown. EJ Manuel tried a deep ball a few minutes earlier, but that didn’t end so well, with Mario Butler picking it off. Handful of really rough throws by EJ today, well off the mark.
Speaking of Mario Butler, he’s a name to watch. Rex Ryan’s mentioned him a couple times as one of those ‘all he does is make plays’ type of corners. They like his size. After watching 2014 draft pick Ross Cockrell get burned repeatedly in practice, I think Butler’s a name to watch to possibly make this roster as a depth guy.
I spent some time watching the OL vs. DL pass rush drills – one of my absolute favorite parts of camp every year. Center Eric Wood struggled quite a bit while I was over there, but I walked away very impressed by Richie Incognito. Rookie John Miller held his own against Dareus and Kyle Williams. Also liked what I saw out of Corbin Bryant. If you’re looking for a future practice squad type guy, #62 William Campbell did pretty well at the guard spot.
It’ll be tough for any WR to pop up and make this roster, but I liked what I saw out of Justin Brown today. Really did well against a couple DB’s in one-on-one work.
I also noticed rookie Tony Steward out there. He shed a block nicely to bat down a Cassel pass in 11-on-11 work. Steward’s best shot at making the roster is with special teams work, but he’ll need to provide LB depth, too.