LeBeau looks more like coordiantor

Dick LeBeau

If Friday's first mini-camp practice indicated anything, it's that assistant head coach Dick LeBeau might be taking over more of defensive coordinator Jerry Gray's duties than anyone thought.

During Friday's seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, LeBeau stood on the field near the defensive huddle, talking to players before and after each snap. Gray stood on the sideline with another defensive assistant, sending in calls to the defensive backs using hand signals. Typically, coordinators stand near the huddle as plays are being discussed before and after they happen. LeBeau certainly looked like more of a coordinator than Gray, talking to each defensive unit while it huddled. Gray seemed to be involved exclusively with the secondary …

Sam Adams' signing might have fired up Ron Edwards. The third-year under tackle showed more intensity in one half-hour of mini-camp than he's displayed the last two years. During the individual drills he was whacking the snot out of the tackle dummies with vicious hand swings. In the one-on-one drills against offensive linemen, he moved with force, and was really animated in beating his opponents. Pat Williams has said that Edwards has to play with more passion and purpose, and right now, it looks like Edwards is on the right track …

It's just mini-camp but right end Aaron Schobel looked pretty good, demonstrating great efficiency in moving up field and operating with impressive explosiveness off the line … The Bills used safety Izell Reese at free and strong safety. First impression: Incumbent free safety Pierson Prioleau, who's three inches shorter than Reese, is more fluent in his backpedal and cuts and is quicker …

Free agent cornerback Dainon Sidney, playing on the left side, intercepted a Travis Brown pass and took it the distance, but second-year man Kevin Thomas, ahead of Sidney on the depth chart for now, seems faster and covered better. Thomas shows signs of becoming more of a vocal presence too, shouting out key information to teammates before the snap of the ball – which is something I hadn't noticed from him before. Thomas might be the nickel back, even with Sidney around …

Drew Bledsoe, Tony Driver, Antoine Winfield, London Fletcher, Trey Teague, Marcus Price, Marques Sullivan, Ruben Brown, Eric Moulds, Dave Moore and Pat Williams did not have to be present for the mini-camp. Defensive end Marcus Jones (knee) and cornerback Jason Bostic (knee) were present but did not participate …

First-round pick Willis McGahee watched practice wearing a No. 2 jersey, which is the number assigned to him on the Bills roster and the number he had at Miami. The No. 2 probably won't fly for McGahee because numbers 1 through 19 are assigned to quarterbacks and specialists. Nos. 20 to 49 are reserved for running backs.

Strong safety Coy Wire dropped a tipped ball that should have been intercepted and was so upset that he dropped down and did 10 pushups. Strongside linebacker Jeff Posey also dropped a ball thrown right to him, but he didn't do any pushups …

Sixth-round defensive tackle Lauvale Sape left practice twice with foot problems. On the first occasion, he took his right shoe and sock off and walked barefoot on the dirty carpet to the training room with Bud Carpenter. The second time, he took both shoes and socks off and walked completely barefoot on the dirty carpet to the training room with Bud Carpenter. Hopefully, he didn't catch anything from the dirty carpet, because there are all kinds of bodily fluids on it – mostly spit though …

First-year free agent Ken Harris, a Buffalo native who played at Northern Iowa, looks like he's got some movement to him at free safety. At 5'11", 190, he showed good fluency in his backpedal and decent speed. He might be a sleeper.

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