The Bills' offense started off OK in Wednesday's practice but sputtered in team drills at the end. Trent Edwards had nobody open on his first three dropbacks of the final 11-on-11 session then threw an interception deep over the middle for Josh Reed. Donte Whitner was playing centerfield and made a good play on the ball to pick it off.
Earlier in the practice, Edwards had a couple sharp completions to tight end Derek Schouman. A deep completion by Edwards down the middle to Reed came against the third-team safeties. It probably wouldn't have connected vs. starters or in a contact drill. Courtney Anderson got the first practice repetitions at tight end but then alternated with Schouman on the first team. Robert Royal is running routes on the side but is being held out of team drills due to his offseason knee surgery.
Edwards and the offense looked sharper the previous couple days. Said Edwards: "I thought we started off well. The first couple periods of the day we were pretty sharp and then the defense was giving us some looks we hadn’t seen before. They get paid to play just like we do. They’re going to make some plays. We’re going to make some plays. We have to come back tomorrow and hopefully make some more plays than we made today."
Rookie linebacker Jon Banks was excused from minicamp due to the birth of a daughter.