Diggs shows skills of No. 1 wide receiver on first day of padded practice

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By WGR 550 SportsRadio

Finally. Real football practice. 

The Buffalo Bills hit the field for their first fully-padded practice of 2020 on Monday just outside their indoor practice facility at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park.

The team had been going though the first two phases of the shorted offseason since July 28, but began the “contact integration period” on Monday.

Although members of the media weren’t allowed to walk to all areas of the field due to COVID-19 protocols, it was still a chance to finally see the team on the field and doing actual football work.

Here are some observations and video from Day 1:

 

Stefon Diggs:

  • Diggs looks every bit the part of a true No. 1 wide receiver. From the very first few minutes when he was catching red zone passes from Josh Allen to 1-on-1 drills, Diggs ran terrific routes and made difficult catches look easy. Here’s a glimpse:

Here ya go, Bills, fans. Red zone, back-shoulder, Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs. pic.twitter.com/KCCdrfPXdw

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) August 17, 2020

Stefon Diggs toe-drag in back of the end zone. From Josh Allen #ToeDragSwag @nateburleson pic.twitter.com/BFOIqzk5rC

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) August 17, 2020

During 1-on-1’s, Diggs beat cornerback Josh Norman on a beautiful route, catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Allen.

Norman made up for it in his own way a bit later in 11-on-11, making a terrific break on the ball for a pass breakup.

 

Josh Allen:

  • I noticed how several times he threw the ball before Diggs made his break, on time and on target. It looked like they already had quite a bit of chemistry.

 

John Brown:

  • Practice ended with Brown making a terrific catch on a deep ball thrown by Allen. He was being covered by All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White on the play.

Allen, Barkley, Webb, Fromm. pic.twitter.com/7ju4EVyl22

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) August 17, 2020

 

Isaiah Hodgins:

  • The rookie wide receiver really stands out, literally. He’s tall and even thicker than I anticipated. 

 

Tyler Bass:

  • The rookie kicker went 6-for-9 in the live portion of field goal work. Stephen Hauschka did not attempt any kicks.

 

Zack Moss:

  • We know the rookie running back runs hard. Here’s a look at him:

Zack Moss. pic.twitter.com/KTl3RepuCW

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) August 17, 2020

 

The defense:

  • Here's a little look at the defense:

Can’t leave you without at least a little glimpse of the defense today. #Bills pic.twitter.com/J4YS5tHWZL

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) August 17, 2020

 

Injury update:

  • Cornerback Levi Wallace (back) and defensive tackle Ed Oliver (hip) did not practice on Monday, along with guard Jon Feliciano (chest) and tight end Tommy Sweeney (PUP/foot). 
  • Defenisve tackle Harrison Phillips practiced and is fully cleared after rehabbing his torn ACL from almost a year ago.

 

The team will be back on the field Tuesday morning.