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Tryout players with a chance

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2009 – 4:30 pm

Over the weekend there were a few tryout players that I thought stood a decent chance of getting a call back. Dick Jauron, however, surprised me a bit saying that group could number 5 to 10. Here are a handful of players that I thought might have a shot at being back later this month.

QB Cullen Harper – Clemson – The former Tiger had a rough first day and looked like he was trying to show off his arm strength, throwing every pass 100 mph. But he showed some better touch the last two days and was always the first QB through in the three man rotation on reps. I also thought Gary Rogers threw a nice ball.

WR De’Cody Fagg – Florida St. – I may just be a sucker for a good comeback story, but I thought Fagg got better as the weekend wore on. He’s strictly a possession wideout and the Bills have plenty of them, but for a guy coming off major reconstructive knee surgery he made tough catches in traffic and got decent separation at times. He also had sure hands.

WR Alonzo Phillips – Florida International – He didn’t make quite as many plays as Fagg, but he has deep speed as evidenced by his 50-yard touchdown play on Saturday when he got behind sixth-round pick Cary Harris. Again Buffalo has receivers with his skill set on the roster that are far better than him and with that position crowded already getting a call back is far from a lock.

WR Dominique Thompson – William & Mary – I like this guy’s ability to get open. He didn’t make any wow plays, but was consistent and that earned praise from WRs coach Tyke Tolbert more than once over the weekend.

RB Maurice Wells – Ohio St. – A scat back type, Wells had a suddenness to his game that none of the other tryout backs seemed to possess. He knifed through holes quickly and had some wiggle too.

SS Tyrrell Herbert – Toledo – His time on the field may have just been due to numbers, but he got a lot of time with the more highly regarded rookies on defense and appears to move pretty well. He also did a good job scooping up some loose balls on the turf. His only problem is he’s got a slight build and holding up at SS might prove to be an issue.

LB Solomon Elimimian – Hawaii – His weekend got off to a slow start, but he looked to improve each day of the camp and turned in a nice play in 7-on-7 Sunday. The WAC defensive player of the year could hold some promise.

LS Garrison Sanborn – Florida St. – I watched the long snapper for a while on field goal snaps and his delivery is quick and accurate. Long snapping for punts is a different animal, but he appears to be a player worth developing. He’s just going to need to add some size at just 240 pounds.

TE Cody Boyd – Washington St. – At 6’8″ 266, the guy is a giant. He’s also a few years out of school. Though we didn’t get to see him block anywhere but the sled, he moves pretty well for a guy his size. He’s been out of a school a couple of years already, but might be a good in line tight end candidate.


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