5 observations from Bills’ pre-Saints practice on Wednesday
(Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay [right] runs a blocking drill against tight end Logan Thomas — Nick Wojton photo)
ORCHARD PARK – The Buffalo Bills are well underway with their preparations for the New Orleans Saints, who it will host on Sunday at New Era Field for a 1 p.m. kick off.
The Saints (6-2) bring a high-powered offense into town which ranks second in the NFL (392.5 yards-per-game) against the turnover machine in the Bills (5-3) defense. However, that machine was switched off last week against the Jets, as the Bills did not record a takeaway during a 34-21 loss last week.
With that, here are five observations from Bills practice on Wednesday:
Cordy out, Dion in: Cordy Glenn once again missed practice on Wednesday. The Bills last played on Thursday Night Football, which means the left tackle is still missing practice despite the long break. Glenn also did not practice on Monday. In his place, rookie Dion Dawkins filled in for Glenn during Wednesday’s practice. Dawkins told WGR 550 “That’s just embracing the NFL. You never know what’s going to happen and who’s going to go down.”
Charles Clay sighting: The Bills will have a new weapon this Sunday. No, not just wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Tight end Charles Clay, according to the team’s injury report, practiced on a limited basis, but it appears at least one person believes Clay will play. Taylor said “Charles will open things for us on offense this week too,” indicating an anticipation that Clay will play. During limited viewing portions of practice, Clay was taking reps during blocking drills, showing his injured knee is doing just fine.
Put some respek on Drew’s name: New Orleans, for the better part of a decade, has had quarterback Drew Brees steering the ship. Brees, who has 2,214 passing yards, 13 TDs, and four INTs this season, certainly has the respect of many defenders on the Bills. Overall, the term “future Hall-of-Famer” was thrown around the most. But the issue might not be Brees’ throwing as much as it is his ability to stand. The Bills haven’t gotten to opposing quarterbacks recently, with only two sacks in the last three games. On the flip side, Brees hasn’t been sacked much. Only eight times this year which is the fewest if anyone in the NFL.
Tre vs. his hometown team: Bills first-round rookie this season is cornerback Tre’Davious White and while it’s not a homecoming, White is playing his hometown team. White, a Shreveport, LA, native said most of his family will probably still be rooting for the Saints on Sunday. But White added he “most definitely” wants to make his family unhappy. However, while the Saints are his hometown team, White said he never had the opportunity to watch them in person growing up. His first time at an NFL stadium was his debut with the Bills.
Third-string kicker: If kicker Steven Hauschka went down, punter Colton Schmidt would likely step into his role. If both went down in a game? Look no further than linebacker Preston Brown. Following practice, Brown lined up two field goals from approximately 35 yards and 40 yards away. He missed both. One had the distance and went wide, wide left and the other fell short. As Brown was picking up the footballs, Steven Hauschka walked out of the weight room and Brown yelled “your job’s safe!” Check below for video of Brown’s kicking abilities.