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Bills rookie minicamp observations: How did 1st round pick Dalton Kincaid look?


When the Buffalo Bills selected tight end Dalton Kincaid by trading up in the first round of last month’s draft, general manager Brandon Beane had a vision for how he’d fit into the team’s passing offense.

Beane scouted him for months and even sat around a boardroom table with members of his scouting staff and watched Kincaid’s tape against USC. He made catch after catch on tape, and Beane even turned to others in the room to make sure they weren’t watching replays of previous catches.

Since Kincaid arrived on the Bills’ campus, Beane has observed his new offensive weapon. He was out on the practice field on Friday for the team’s rookie minicamp. He made a few catches and even had a drop.

What was Beane’s first impression? He calls him “Steady Eddie.”

“He catches the ball. I don’t know if I ever saw him like give some fist pump,” he said after practice. “But if he dropped a ball, like he did on an in-breaker - he did drop that - you don’t see him like pouting. He goes right back out there, the next balls over the middle (and he) plucks it. I liked that. Just next play.”

Beane even asked Kincaid before practice if he was fired up to get out on the field and he answered with a simple yes. He thinks that mindset - never too high and never too low - has helped make him the player he is.

”He’s just soaking it in, coming in working, just like he’s an undrafted kid,” Beane said. “Mouth shut, head down, eyes up. That’s what I see.”

Here are five observations from Friday’s practice.

1. One drop and a sick highlight grab for Kincaid

It’s important to remember that the Bills rookies weren’t in pads on Friday. Take everything in this story with that proper perspective. But Kincaid did get a chance to one-on-one on a few occasions during team drills and was steady, just like Beane said. He caught four passes by my count and when he dropped one - not a great throw from Quinten Dormady - he came back two plays later and made the catch of the day. He went up and high-pointed another poorly thrown ball and came down with the reception and turned upfield.

Kincaid is smooth inside and out of his breaks and he flashed some nice footwork at the line of scrimmage, too. The practice was the first time he’s been in a competitive football setting since injuring his back in his final season at Utah. He said he felt like he was just shaking off some of the rust and is looking forward to working with Josh Allen next week.

2. O’Cyrus Torrence versatile on the first day

Torrence worked at both guard spots on Friday and Beane said that’s the plan with the rookie as the spring progresses and training camp approaches. He showed off his powerful frame in a few one-on-ones and said after practice that he felt comfortable on both sides.

“I’m more comfortable on the right, but today was more of just trying to get good with the left cause I played way more right,” he said. “Coaches wanted me to like, do like the individual drills ... mostly at left, and the team, I was mostly at right. We’re just switching to left like a few plays, not too many, but throughout the whole time, I plan on working both sides.”

Torrence gave rave reviews of working with Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. he said the techniques he’s learned were specific for his skill set and body type. He feels that can set him up to be the best version of himself in the Bills’ offense.

3. Rookie UDFA defensive tackle pops

It was just one play from DJ Dale, but it was good enough to get the former Alabama interior defensive lineman on your radar. Dale found himself one on one with Torrence on one play during team drills. He pulled a nice inside move and got pressure on the quarterback. Dormady tried to fire it off to avoid the sack and it came on the play when Kincaid had his only drop. Dale was a priority addition shortly after the draft and he has a chance to make some noise this summer despite the addition of Poona Ford. If he can have a strong training camp it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him on the Bills’ practice squad or even maybe push for a roster spot.

4. Justin Shorter makes a nice grab & UDFA looks explosive

Getting a chance to see Shorter in person lived up to the hype. His strength and physique are as advertised and when he gets running at top speed, look out. One rep that didn’t go his way was one-on-one against tryout cornerback Chris Westry, who had great lockdown coverage on the taller and bigger Shorter during the route. Shorter couldn’t separate and was forced to make a tough catch on a good throw from Dormady, under the circumstances. The receiver just couldn’t haul it in. A few plays later, Shorter took a big hit from Joe Foucha, but he held onto the ball and made the contested catch.

Tyrell Shavers looked quick and explosive at the line of scrimmage on his routes during the team portion of practice. He made one nice catch, but it was really about his ability to work against the cornerback group. He’s certainly a name to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

5. 7th-round pick struggles with the snap

Offensive lineman Nick Broeker is an exciting prospect because he can potentially play all five positions on the offensive line. He struggled to snap the ball on Friday. He had at least two botched snaps on the day and part of the issue was likely working with tryout quarterbacks. His versatility is one of the reasons the Bills were excited about the pick on day three of the draft.

6. Dorian Williams looks the part, tryout player makes a big play

Williams didn’t make any noteworthy plays but he looked big on the field. He moves well and his speed was on display on a few occasions. Tryout cornerback Antoine Brooks had the only interception of the day on a tipped pass off the hands of receiver Braydon Johnson.



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