Top 3 things to know from Day 6 at 2021 Bills training camp –

1. Pads add more energy to practice

With the pads coming on, it means that real football is getting even closer. When the players were walking out for practice, there was an increased level of energy and excitement and it translated onto the field.

The Bills defense was more physical in today’s practice. The defensive backs played tighter coverage and pushed the wide receivers to use more power to create separation. In one-on-one drills, Siran Neal intercepted a ball that was intended for Marquez Stevenson. In the same drill, Dane Jackson broke up a pass that was intended for Gabriel Davis.

For a veteran player like Mario Addison, he’s been through the training camp schedule over and over during his 10-year career. He’s learned that when the pads come on, he needs to bring a different mentality to practice because he knows his teammates will do the same.

“I know these guys are gonna come hard, so I know I got to elevate my game no matter what,” Addison said. “A young guy, or a veteran guy, they are gonna go hard when they put the pads on. So, a day like this, I know I got to wake up with the right mindset, and that’s to play low and dominate the man in front of me on every play.”

Sean McDermott said that training camp was about building the toughness of the football team, and you do that by winning at the line of scrimmage. With pads on, Tuesday’s practice was the first real look that the coaching staff got at their offensive and defensive linemen. McDermott was excited and anxious to see how the team would perform on the first day with pads.

“This day never changes, right,” McDermott said before Tuesday’s practice. “First day in pads since the time you put on pads, however old you were. For me, it was seven or eight years old. Always wake up in a little bit of a different mood on the first day of pads. And it doesn’t seem to change when you’re coaching. It’s always a certain mindset that you wake up with.”