As far as what he’s looking to see from Kolb, Marrone didn’t have a checklist of items in mind.
“I’m looking for him to play, play football really. Nothing specific,” said Marrone. “I just wanted to make sure he was healthy and I asked him if he was healthy then here we go because obviously it’s a competition and we want to be equal. I told EJ, I said, ‘EJ it’s not a reflection on how you played. We thought you played really well for a guy that played his first NFL game.’”
Manuel will follow Kolb with undrafted rookie
Starting middle linebacker
“Kiko Alonso didn’t practice,” said Marrone. “He’s cleared by the trainers, the coaches wanted him out there I’m resting him. I’m going to hold him out for a couple of days to make sure we get him back. I don’t plan on him playing.”
Marrone said Alonso has a mild shoulder ailment. What he also has is a high player workload in terms of reps in practice, one of the highest on the team in fact. So the Bills are using that data in making the decision to rest his body to avoid injury.
On the positive side of the ledger
“It felt good, actually, to be out there. It’s not where I want it to be. I was hoping I could get into, get involved in practice but you know it’s pulling a little bit but you know, everyday it’s getting better.”
“I was happy to see Stevie Johnson out here,” said Marrone. “He had good work. I’m not going to play him in this upcoming game, but again it was great to see him out there along with Brad Smith.”
Smith is closer to a full return than Johnson and has an outside chance to play Friday night. They’re hoping to have Johnson back full go sometime next week, but that’s not a guarantee.
“I think we’re probably going to get him back somewhere in the Washington week and if we don’t that’s okay, but I think that’s kind of a goal we’re just pushing for.”
“That’s what we’re working for,” Johnson said. “I’ve been working with the trainers and the strength coaches to get right and hopefully I get there in Washington.”
Sacks and picks
The defense looked downright ferocious at times as defensive coordinator was using a myriad of blitz packages, which led to sacks and interceptions Wednesday night. OLB
On the interception tally board, undrafted rookie safety
Goodwin still lighting up practice
Later in practice he took a quick slant from Kevin Kolb all the way across the field and to the end zone for another long score.
Goodwin’s speed is backing defenders off for fear of getting beat deep, but the problem with that approach is you give him a free release and he’s open on an underneath route, which he can also take the distance if he gets just a crack of space.
With Kiko Alonso sidelined Arthur Moats was the beneficiary getting first team reps alongside
Don Unamba was the latest cornerback to man the spot opposite Stephon Gilmore on the boundary with the first unit. He had a couple of pass breakups and even got the chance to return a few kicks during a special teams segment of practice.
Duke Williams got first team reps at the safety spot alongside Aaron Williams. Da’Norris Searcy was another player that looked to have his snaps trimmed back Wednesday.
With Moats playing up with the starters,
On the offensive side of the ball there was some shuffling on the second and third offensive lines.
Finally newest Bills signed LB
Lindell was 11-12 with his only miss coming from 45 yards away on the left hash. His long was a 51-yarder. The most accurate kicker in team history connected on his last seven attempts of the night.
Hopkins was 10-12 with his misses coming from 35-yards out on the right hash and from 47 yards out that he mis-hit. Hopkins appeared to strike the top of the ball instead of the lower half and it barely cleared the linemen in on the play at the line of scrimmage. The line drive kick was never more than eight feet off the ground.
As has been stated, Hopkins leg strength is undeniable, but he still appears to be tinkering with his approach and follow through. It’s a tough thing to be working on in the midst of a heated competition.
The Bills have a walk through session at training camp Thursday before they head back to Buffalo for Friday night’s preseason Kid’s Day game against Minnesota. Buffalobills.com will have full coverage. Kickoff is at 7 pm.