Terrell Owens, the NFL's third all-time receiver, has begun working against Buffalo's defensive backs in team passing drills during OTAs. Getting to practice on a daily basis against a future Hall of Famer is a rare opportunity, cornerback Terrence McGee said.
"He's accomplished so much, I don't know if I'll make him better, but he's definitely going to make me better with him being a great receiver like he is," McGee said. "I'm definitely excited about each practice."
In the first day of OTAs, McGee was beaten by Owens on a long pass play. The next day, McGee got even as he soared to intercept a pass intended for Owens from Trent Edwards. A friendly rivalry is developing. Both players’ play should benefit.
"I expect nothing but the best from him," Owens said. "It's no different than any other place that I've been where they've had a dominant corner. It's always going to be competitive. He's going to get my best and I'm sure I'll get his best."
When hitting is live in July and August, expect this duel to heat up. Owens’ past opposing cornerbacks have typically raved how T.O. elevates their play.
MEDICAL WATCH: Cornerback Ashton Youboty, who has the talent to compete for the nickel cornerback job, may miss all of the team's organized team activities and mandatory minicamp due to the same foot injury that sidelined him the second half of last season. Youboty has a condition called plantar fasciitis that is very painful in the heel area.
Coach Dick Jauron said Youboty is making steady progress but the medical staff is being cautious with him so that he's ready for training camp. But lost practice reps are always a concern.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He looks like a guy that's caught a lot of passes in our game and knows what he's doing and knows how to do it. He clearly presents a very good target and knows how to play coverage, how to play defenders and he plays with a lot of confidence. So we're very happy that he's here with us. He'll do a lot of things for our offense." -- Coach Dick Jauron on seeing Terrell Owens practice for the first time.