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Last note from rookie minicamp

Posted by Chris Brown on May 20, 2014 – 11:21 am

One last note from Bills rookie minicamp dealt with rookie punter Jake Dombrowski. The Harvard grad didn’t get a lot of opportunities to kick through the course of the three days, but did on the final day Monday. The report coming in was he is a great hang time punter and he didn’t disappoint.

Kicking 50-yarders consistently, Dombrowski was also maintaining a very unofficial (my watch) hang time in the five second range, which is very good. Here were the unofficial hang times on his last four kicks Monday, all of which were in the distance range of 50 yards.

4.99 seconds
5.06 seconds
5.26 seconds
4.91 seconds

Those numbers are pretty solid. Of course beating a veteran the stature of Brian Moorman out for a job is another matter. We’ll see what happens at training camp.

Here’s a look at Dombrowski just last month at the renowned Kohl’s Kicking Camp run by Jamie Kohl, who has dozens on prospective high school, college and pro kickers and punters come through his camps. Dombrowski and Raiders kicker Marquette King put up some boomers.

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Undrafted S Ladler showed well

Posted by Chris Brown on May 19, 2014 – 4:38 pm

It wasn’t a perfect three days, but undrafted rookie S Kenny Ladler performed relatively well over the course of the Bills rookie minicamp. An All-SEC safety at Vanderbilt, who was productive in his college career Ladler showed a very good set of hands during ball skills work.

Head coach Doug Marrone also has some inside knowledge on Ladler, who surprisingly went undrafted. Marrone knows Commodores defensive coordinator/safeties coach Bob Shoop.

“Coach Shoop, the DB coach and I worked together at Vanderbilt so I know a little bit about him from there,” said Marrone. “I’ve been around that program quite a bit in the offseason so I was happy. I didn’t know why he wasn’t drafted. I was impressed with his foot speed. I think that he’s someone who… we’re obviously going to keep an eye on all of them, but I think he’s someone that had a good showing in these last couple of days.”

“The one thing that jumped out on film about him was he has a nose for the football. He led them in tackles, had five interceptions and I think five forced fumbles, so he was making big plays on the back end,” said Bills area scout Tom Roth. “He’s got average speed, but very good explosiveness. A very good tackler who can play deep third or in the box.”

Ladler became the first defensive back in school and Southeastern Conference history to lead a team in tackles in two consecutive years (90 in 2012 and 91 in 2013). He also had nine career interceptions.



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QB Guiton taking it all in

Posted by Chris Brown on May 18, 2014 – 7:32 pm

Bills tryout QB Kenny Guiton, who we profiled in our rookie minicamp practice notes on Sunday, is getting a ton of work being the only quarterback in the camp. It’s a far cry from being the backup at Ohio State. Guiton is soaking up as much as he can even though he’s got an awful lot on his plate over these three days of practices.

“It’s a lot to absorb, but at the same time I’m just trying to have fun,” Guiton told “I’m trying to have fun with the guys around me. I’ve got a number four pick that I’m getting to throw to, some guys who have had great college careers. So I’m just trying to have fun. I’m usually a quick learner so I’m learning and just trying to go out and have fun.”

Guiton felt his timing with the receivers was improved on day two of the minicamp. He hit UB tryout player Fred Lee for a long scoring play that covered 50 yards during one-on-ones.

“That’s a big thing, timing with receivers and everything that’s a big thing just to look good. Especially with routes on air, you want to get it down,” he said. “Saturday I kind of got a feel for all the wideouts and they’re all good and they’re all athletes who can get the job done. So I was out there having fun getting them all down. Once I got them down in one-on-ones I think it showed and it was just pitch and catch.”

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OL Henderson glad there’s no hitting yet

Posted by Chris Brown on May 18, 2014 – 5:31 pm

There is a lot for Buffalo’s rookies to absorb in their three-day minicamp with the coaching staff this weekend. For the three offensive linemen the Bills drafted, the devil is in the details. Footwork, hand placement, snap count, play calls, line calls, stunts and twists. That’s why seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson is glad they’re not in pads just yet. He wants to master the techniques and his responsibilities first before he worries about the opponent on the other side of the line.

“Learning the plays right now and all the calls and the things we’ve got to do on the field, you’ll be in your stance thinking a lot about what you’ve got to do and things like that and then go hit the guy,” he said. “Now we’re just working on the footwork and the calls and where we have to go and who we have to block which I think this is a good thing right now. So once OTAs and minicamp do come it’s no more thinking, it’s just go.”

Henderson has been lining up exclusively at left tackle through the first two days of the rookie minicamp. 

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