“The players have come in and we played a game on Sunday we’ve had really two good days of work,” said Marrone. “You can see it a little bit with the soreness. There’s nothing major to report, just a lot of soreness and trying to see who we can get back for this game on Friday. With practice this morning we have a large recovery time, we don’t practice again until tomorrow night. My message to the players was to make sure to stay off their feet, make sure they’re getting their treatments knowing it’s the toughest stretch of camp they’ll have.”
Among the players who saw their load reduced in terms of reps in practice were
Other players stepped out of practice early like
Kolb back in sync
Coming off an initial practice where he looked a bit rusty following a one week layoff due mainly to his freak knee injury,
Kolb looked to be back in rhythm and did not show any signs of limited mobility with his knee. A perfect example was when
Tuesday’s practice apparently sold Marrone that Kolb would be fit to play in Friday’s preseason game.
“I was happy,” said Marrone. “Obviously I watched him closely yesterday and watched him again today. I thought he looked really good to a point now where we’re going to get him ready to play.”
Whether Kolb gets the start on Friday against Minnesota will likely be announced following the team’s Wednesday night practice.
Goodwin keeps making plays
Marquise Goodwin’s third week of training camp has unfolded not all that different from the previous two. He’s routinely turning in some of the biggest pass plays of practice each day as Buffalo’s cornerbacks continue to struggle to keep the blazing wideout in front of them.
“He’s kind of fast,” said offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett with a grin. “I think as a coordinator our job is to figure out what these guys do good and when they do something good you’ve got to try to find different ways to do it and manipulate it and get people down the field and it’s kind of hard, we always joke, if 88 is in there, just close your eyes and throw it as hard as you can and we’re trying to see if we can overthrow him. We’ve only done it once to this point.”
In addition to his aforementioned 70-yard touchdown reception from Kolb,
Hogan rotated up with the starters
“It’s a huge confidence booster for me,” he said. “I’m taking advantage of every opportunity I’m getting on the field, especially with the ‘ones.’ Any rep that I’m going to get, ones, twos or threes, it doesn’t really matter to me. I’m trying to put some good stuff on film. When I get a chance to make a play, make those plays.”
Hogan’s biggest play Tuesday was a 35-yard reception he made near the right sideline on a pass from EJ Manuel.
“We call him 7-11,” said Hackett. “He’s always open and he’s done a really good job. He’s one of those guys that from a quarterback standpoint you know right where he’s going to be. He runs very good routes, he made some great plays today but he’s a guy that definitely opens your eyes. You want him in there and quarterbacks love when he’s out there.”
Notable defensive plays
The defense has been turning in plays routinely every day in practice. The headliner was
Goal line and short yardage
A total of eight plays were run in a brief set of short yardage and goal line plays. It was difficult to determine if the offense converted any of their short yardage opportunities as the ball was not spotted following the carry. Carrington however, got into the backfield quickly during short yardage and tapped out
On three goal line plays the offense drew a flag on the first with pass interference in the end zone on an incomplete pass.
But Jay Ross closed out practice with a tackle for loss on fullback
With a bunch of players out with injuries and others rested due to lingering soreness, there were a host of players getting extra reps with the first and second units on offense and defense.
With Kiko Alonso and Nigel Bradham getting fewer reps it meant time with the ones for
With Moats and Scott moving up to the first unit, linebackers like Keith Pough and
And when Aaron Williams stepped out of team work near the end of practice,
The Bills have a night practice Wednesday scheduled for 6 pm, their last before Friday’s preseason game against Minnesota.