Written by Ralph Uriarte
Camp has not been all positive for the Bills, they’ve had ups and downs.
The Buffalo Bills camp hasn’t been the greatest. The team struggled with offsides penalties early. Rex Ryan decided to implement a new rule. If you commit a personal penalty, you run a lap. Just like in high school. You’d think NFL players were past these kinds of mistakes, but apparently not because on day 3 of camp, Bills players had to run laps.
The Bills signed 31 year old free agent running back Reggie Bush. He will help ease the load off of LeSean McCoy and provide much needed depth while Karlos Williams is serving a 4 game suspension. Rex told reporters he plans on using Bush “like a ferarri”. We can assume Bush will be featured on kick returns, but we have to wait and see. Bush signed a one year $1.5 million contract with a $375,000 bonus that was guaranteed.
The Bills have yet to sign quarterback Tyrod Taylor, but his agent was recently present at practice and it’s believed the two sides are close to a deal. The type of deal is unknown but rumor has it could potentially be a bridge deal. The rumored deal is worth 30 million over 2 years. Nothing has been signed or officially been released.
The Bills defense suffered another major blow when linebacker Reggie Ragland went down with a knee injury. The extent of the injury is unknown. Ragland’a first tests came back inconclusive. He is expected to seek a second opinion. With Ragland out, that leaves Bills with neither their first or second round draft picks. Shaq Lawson is rumored to be out until possibly mid season. Linebacker Kevin Reddick is also injured with an MCL sprain, leaving the Bills with only 3 linebackers at the time. Veteran Zach Brown and rookie Eric Striker are expected to see considerable practice time. But, on Sunday Reddick was released.
The Bills signed veteran linebacker Brandon Spikes to help shore up the defense. No word on his contract information yet. The Bills also signed another veteran, David Hawthorne, who played for Rob Ryan under the New Orleans Saints before Rob was released.
The Bills also signed former Patriot tight end Jimmay Mundine to the roster on Sunday. He formerly played for the Bills in Jim Schwartz‘s defense.
A bit of good news, safety Aaron Williams had his first taste of contact since his spine shaving surgery and he liked it. There was no numbness. Many of you remember Williams had an injury last season where he felt his body go numb after a collision with New England Patriots Julian Edleman in week 2 last season. Williams attempted a return week 5 against the Tennessee Titans but had to leave the game once more. So far, it seems the surgery was a success and he will be back home on defense.
Stephon Gilmore has yet to be signed, with the focus on Taylor, ot seems Gilmore may have been placed on the back burner for the time being.