Hughes wasn’t alone either as
“With the crowd noise and the music that coach Marrone has playing during practice it’s causing us to communicate and guys are just flying around to the ball,” Hughes told Buffalobills.com. “When you turn on the film it’s looking great.”
Hughes also credits their talented secondary for forcing Buffalo’s quarterbacks to hold onto the ball longer due to their solid coverage on the back end.
“We’ve got a great secondary behind us too,” said Hughes. “The way that those back five, back seven guys cover, we have no choice but to get there because they make the quarterback check to his second and third reads. When a quarterback does that it’s a D-lineman’s job to get back there so we try to do that to the best of our ability.”
By no means does Hughes think they’re playing top flight ball yet. He admits there are still mistakes being made, but the frequency that they’re getting pressure without even installing much of their blitz packages has him and his teammates up front encouraged.
“We’re really not even doing much up front. We haven’t had pads on. We’ve done certain things as far as a few blitzes here and there,” said Mario Williams. “Most of the time it’s just front four. The biggest thing is us playing off of each other.”
The first was a 70-yard catch and run down the right sideline for a touchdown. A few plays later Watkins reached out and snared a ball between two defenders and turned to escape up the right side of the field.
Later Watkins executed a well-timed play over the middle and
Unfortunately Watkins got poked in the eye on the play and was pulled from practice. Still, it’s clear that Watkins even against Buffalo’s starting corners is capable of making plays consistently.
“I think he’s shown already that he has multiple moves to get off press,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “He’s fast and he’s strong, but he’s going to be facing the top corners in the world. We feel we have very good corners on our football team to get him ready to go.
“He’s a very mature kid. He takes this very seriously. You can see how he handles himself and how he goes about his business. He goes in there and he wants to make an impact.”
Woods: offense has to pick it up
While Watkins performed up to snuff and there were a half dozen other quality plays turned in by the offense, in the estimation of
“I think the intensity is high, but we’ve got to execute a lot better, especially the passing game,” said Woods. “We’ve just got to get open and make some of those plays that we’re dropping. We’ve just got to make plays on the passing end.”
There were some drops in Monday’s practice and some passes that weren’t on the mark. Woods feels those kinds of plays need to be eliminated in the coming days.
“For me I want to look good as a team whenever we’re out in public pretty much,” he said. “Every time we come out here in front of cameras and fans we want to showcase our improvements in our practices.”
The inconsistencies of the passing game may have frustrated Woods as the practice wore on because late in the session the receiver blew his stack in a dust up with Da’Norris Searcy.
Both claim words were not exchanged, but there was a stare down before the two started throwing windmill punches at each other. Both connected with the other’s helmet, which was audible from the sidelines. The pair eventually wrestled each other to the ground and teammates eventually separated them.
“You saw it,” said Woods. “I’ve got no comment about it really. Nobody said anything. Me and Da’Norris are cool. It’s just something extra outside the play.”
“From what I heard he was a little mad today,” said Searcy. “Tempers flare out there. I don’t like fighting with our guys. I’d rather fight with our guys than against our guys. But like Robert said we’re good and we squashed it. What’s out on the field is left out on the field so there’s no beef going into the building. It’s just like it’s a family, and brothers sometimes fight. It just happens sometimes, but we leave it out there on the field and go back to work. That’s all that matters.”
Spikes leaves practice early
About midway through the practice session Monday the heat looked to be getting the best of MLB
He was eventually escorted to the team’s cooling tent for the remainder of practice.
“I just know that he has (muscle) cramps right now,” said Marrone. “I’m also 110 percent sure that I don’t know if he’ll be back (Tuesday).”
Also forced to leave practice early was undrafted rookie LB
The Bills have an 8 a.m. practice scheduled for Tuesday morning.