The defense had the upper hand early with good coverage in end zone on most of the early snaps during 7-on-7 red zone. Rookie
But the offense did turn in some plays of their own with
Safety Da’Norris Searcy registered a tackle for loss when he got good penetration and tapped out Spiller in the offensive backfield.
The execution all around appeared better than it was the day before, but head coach Doug Marrone said there is still a considerable amount of ground to cover.
“I think as a coach my expectations of our performance, especially in practice, is always going to be extremely high,” said Marrone. “There are a lot of things on my mind that I want to make sure we get better with. When you look at where we were last year to where we are now it’s very encouraging, but still in terms of my expectations of where we need to take this team and we have to perform better.”
Right guard battle
Marrone confirmed on Wednesday that there is a competition going for the starting right guard position. The comment came in the wake of
“Wherever I can help this team, wherever I can make this team, it’s something I’ve got to work on. Guard is very new to me. I’m learning a lot more about the game and the intricacies of playing guard,” Hairston told Buffalobills.com. “(Kraig) Urbik is helping me out, (Eric) Wood is helping me out. The coaches are doing a real good job of really giving me some time and good teaching. A little bit of getting in with the ones and playing against good (players) is always good. It’s helping me come along.”
Hairston is battling with incumbent
Searcy faring well
He was considered the favorite going in to land the safety spot alongside
“Da’Norris has really played extremely well starting in the OTAs,” said Marrone. “He did a very good job for us last year and I thought at times he didn’t get enough credit for the plays that he made. He made a lot of big plays for us.
“When he came to the OTAs, he’s very solid, good at what he does. Very knowledgeable, he has good instincts. He’s been playing very well and I’m excited about that. He’s a multi-position player. He can play the back end safety for us. He can play up on the line of scrimmage. He can blitz and play man to man. He gives us great versatility and he can play special teams. He’s a great value for us.”
In addition the defensive staff might see a benefit in the fact that Searcy has played with the rest of the starting secondary for the better part of the last two seasons and that group knows how to play off one another already.
“Pretty much everyone knows that me and Aaron came in together and Leodis was already here and the next year we got Stephon so that’s three and a half, four years we’ve been playing together,” Searcy said. “So just being back there with each other every day for the past four seasons now we know how everybody is going to play. Being comfortable with each other back there is great.”
Picking up the pace
The Bills offense still wants to push tempo in games and operate at a breakneck pace. Optimum speed has not yet been reached in the early practices to this point, but Marrone believes the collective foot will be on the gas soon.
“It needs to move a lot faster on and off the field and doing that,” he said. “Obviously we’re re-installing again so I know in the back of my mind that may slow things down a little bit. But my expectation is to be right on the money with it so we have to be faster.”
The Bills are off on Thursday, but return to practice on Friday with a night practice at 6 p.m.