LeSean McCoy was no where to be seen on Tuesday as the Bills opened up mandatory minicamp. Head coach Sean McDermott said he was battling a stomach bug and didn’t know if he would return this week.
With Shady absent it allowed McDermott to evaluate some of the other running backs on the roster.
“We aren’t in pads so of all positions, that’s a position we have to be patient with this time of year. What we are looking for right now is assignment and alignment and also from a pass protection standpoint, that they know where the pressures are coming from and they can help protect the quarterback. So there is some of that part of the game that we can evaluate right now,” said McDermott.
But the first year head coach did single out one player who has stood out this off-season.
“Jonathan Williams has done a nice job and he’s taken advantage of the opportunities that he’s been given, and that’s the important part of this. He’s a second-year player and his development will be key to our success here moving forward.”
The head coach wasn’t the only one to compliment for the former Arkansas Razorback.
“Jonathon is always in the right place he defiantly knows what he’s doing, smart player. This offense, the stretch zone really fits his capabilities as a one cut guy, getting down the field and I think he’s defiantly going to make plays in this offense and looking forward to seeing him play in it,” said Tyrod Taylor.
Williams missed all of 2015 with a foot injury at Arkansas before being drafted last year by the Bills. He said had to get use to hearing plays called in the huddle last season as a rookie. But now with some experience Mike Gillislee in New England, Williams entered the off season with the confident he can make an impact on the offense.
“This is something that can happen during the season. You never know with the running back position, how physical it is – it could be an injury, or it could be an illness, or something like that and the guys have to step up. So this was an opportunity for me to get used to having to do that one day, one game,” said Williams.