Holes were being opened consistently by the Bills offensive linemen giving easy decisions to Buffalo’s tailbacks during the team portions of practice.
“The offensive line can block and get some contact once they put the pads and they were definitely opening up some holes for us,” said
“You put the pads on and arm tackles don’t happen as often,” said
Just about all of Buffalo’s top four backs turned in runs that would’ve gone for first down yardage and more.
Fred Jackson and
“Definitely as an O-line we pride ourselves on running the ball,” said
It’s still very early, but some of the offensive players are expressing a desire to improve the execution in the passing game. Quarterbacks and receivers are still working on their timing and their communication, but
“I thought we had a good day. It was the first third down day. We just got to continue to get better,” said Manuel. “It was the first full pad practice. Thought we ran the ball well, thought we threw the ball well. So it was a good day.”
Tuel earning reps
“We have a battle for the second team quarterback. We want to find out who it is,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “Jeff did a nice job in OTAs and he’s earned himself some more reps.”
Tuel, who doesn’t have any more experience than Manuel or
“To be a great quarterback in my opinion you have to know the offense and you have to know it better than the offensive coordinator. That’s what coach Hackett always tells us,” said Tuel. “We really as a group have taken the time to learn the plays and the playbook and when you know exactly where you want to go with the football it’s a lot easier to play the position confidently. That’s where we’ve grown so much as a group.”
Tuel made one start for the Bills as a rookie last season in the home game loss to Kansas City.
“You learn from it and it just seems like from where I am now to where I was then already I feel like I’m just a different player,” he said. “It’s crazy and it may sound funny to some because I’m not even a year from it, but I feel like I know so much more now than I did then.”
For the second straight day Buffalo’s pass rush was consistent in helping the coverage players on the back end.
“With those guys we have up front we have three guys who went to the Pro Bowl and three guys with 10-plus sacks so with guys that can put that kind of pressure on the quarterback it makes it a lot easier on the back end,” Da’Norris Searcy told Buffalobills.com. “We know the ball is going to come out quick and there are a lot of opportunities for us to get our hands on the ball.
“For us on the back end when we cover good and the line is applying that rush it’ll tie in all together. The quarterback is either going to throw it quick or he’s going to hold onto it and the defensive line is going to get the sacks.”
Some veteran starters were rotated out of the lineup at times during the team’s nearly three hour practice Tuesday.
Manny Lawson rotated in for
Preston Brown rotated in for Brandon Spikes at middle linebacker, a day after Spikes had been dealing with severe muscle cramps.
The Bills have another 8 a.m. practice scheduled for Wednesday.