Buffalo Bills Training Camp Update

August 3, 2022
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The Buffalo Bills are hard at work at training camp, as they prepare for the 2022 NFL season. The team understands, to be great, you have to do the grind. Unfortunately, with the grind, comes injury potential and we’ve seen a few so far in camp.

We’re still waiting for Bills’ offensive guard, Roger Saffold to get on the field, after injuring his ribs in a car accident, that according to Coach McDermott, occurred in the last couple of weeks leading up to training camp. We haven’t been provided any timetable on his return either.

The Bills’ also have not seen their tackle on the field either, as Spencer Brown continues to work his way back from off-season back surgery; however, the team is hoping to have him back in the near future. While the other tackle, Dion Dawkins was out due to personal reasons. At one point, Mitch Morse was literally the only starting lineman practicing with backups at both guard and tackle positions. Luckily, Dawkins returned to practice on Monday and is back protecting our franchise quarterback, Josh Allen.

The Bills also had a scare with Micah Hyde going down to an apparent leg injury last Friday.

Fortunately, Hyde was only out a few practice days and returned Monday. He’s a huge part of the dynamic duo that is him and Jordan Poyer. Speaking of Poyer, he too went down with what appeared to be an elbow injury. Poyer seemed to be in a great deal of pain, as he left the field and immediately, Bills Mafia was concerned. Again, it appears the Bills have dodged this bullet as well.

Bills free agent wide receiver signee, Jamison Crowder has been out with an injury that was deemed “tightness/soreness”, which occurred on day one of training camp and he finally returned to practicing as of Monday as well. The silver lining with this one is it opened the door for Isaiah McKenzie to show out in camp, thus far. From all reports I’ve seen, McKenzie has been the most consistent performer of the Bills’ 2022 training camp.

Other Bills Training Camp Updates

If you are a listener of One Bills Live, you may have heard Chris Brown talking about the rookies and how they have performed to date. He for one has been impressed by what he’s seen, including commenting that Kaiir Elam is really starting to get into his stride, after a rather shaky start to training camp.

One name in particular that was mentioned though, has having a great camp, is 2022, sixth round selection of the Buffalo Bills, cornerback Christian Benford. Apparently, he’s been working his way up the depth chart and now rotating in and out against the offenses starting unit. Obviously, the injury to Tre’Davious White has allowed Benford to get more opportunities to show out and he’s clearly doing just that. Benford is from an FCS school, Villanova.

Benford was a standout performer at Villanova, earning Rookie of the Year honors in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and the last two seasons at Villanova he was named First-Team All-CAA defensive performer. Not only was he a standout on the field but off the field too, earning Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll as well.

He’s also only 21 years old and comes in has one of the bigger corners on Bills’ roster, at 6″1′ and 205 pounds. With 36 collegiate games under his belt, experience isn’t a concern, playing against lesser competition might be but then again, Andre Reed played against lesser talent at Kutztown, and we know how that turned out.

At the end of day, we will all continue to hold our breath while the boys continue to prepare for what we all hope is a Super Bowl Championship. I know the Buffalo Bills need to get in game shape and ready to hit the ground running and the only way to do that, is through practice but can we just get through this next month without any more scares?

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