PITTSFORD, N.Y. — For the first two days of Bills training camp, the offense put on a show.
Day three was a different story, as the defense took command during the first practice with shoulder pads on and a little more contact.
"I thought the defense dominated the practice. We have a lot of work to do on offense to be at their level of play right now," head coach Chan Gailey said. "It is a little bit different than it has been and it is good for our football team."
As one might expect, the first day of pads brought on a few nicks and scratches. Wide receiver David Nelson left practice early with a bruised knee, although it's not serious according to Gailey.
Defensive end Shawne Merriman rolled an ankle in practice Friday. He participated in Saturday morning's walk-through, but was held out of the afternoon session for precautionary reasons.
Tackle Erik Pears is dealing with a groin issues and sat out practice. Gailey is hopeful he'll be back in the next couple of days.
The Bills return to the field Sunday for their first night practice of training camp at 6:30 p.m.