Following two plays by DL
“I think that’s probably the old O-line coach in me coming out,” said Marrone. “I was talking to them on how we break the huddle. I try to make sure I work both sides of the ball on it and I try to get the most out of the players. That’s what I’m trying to get accomplished.”
He also succeeded in lighting a fire under an offense that needed a boost at the time. The offense ran five successful plays after the words from the head coach were delivered.
Offense dominates goal line
That last team series spilled into live goal line work where players could be tackled to the ground, and the offense dominated scoring on seven of the eight plays from scrimmage.
On the first play Fred Jackson took a stretch play left and just reached the ball out far enough to break the plane of the goal line with the ball despite being wrapped up by a pair of would-be tacklers.
Zac Brown plunged in on the next carry for another score.
On the third play the offense had a bit of trickery up their sleeve as they went play action to fill-in tight end,
“A couple of tight ends went down, so I had to move in and play tight end in the goal line, which I’ve done before,” said Welch. “I played tight end in college. I was comfortable. They called a pass for me, so I had to make a play.”
The only defensive win on goal line came when
After that the second unit came on for their four goal line plays. On the first undrafted rookie
Gaskins scored again on a run to the left, and on the final play Brown on a stretch play to the left stiff-armed a would be tackler to the ground and reached the front left corner of the end zone for a score.
“Obviously today was the first time with the players having live contact,” said Marrone. “I was very pleased with it. We had a short yardage session of it, a goal line session of it and a four-minute session of it. It’s always good to practice like we’re going to play.
“At times the offense got on a roll, at times the defense got on a roll from drill to drill. So it was good work against each other. The one thing we have to be is consistent and be ready to go right from the snap on both sides of the ball.”
After the hooting and hollering by the offense concluded the team finished practice with a four-minute drill, the game situation when the offense has a lead and they’re trying to run out the clock. Buffalo’s defense still smarting from the goal line drill responded by stoning the offense’s run game in this segment.
EJ Manuel gained yardage on a quarterback keeper play, but after that there was little room to run. Fred Jackson saw nothing but blue jerseys in the hole on his two carries.
Zac Brown hit the hole decisively enabling him to fit through a crack for positive yardage, but he was stymied on his second carry of the segment.
“In four minute we got the one first down with the second group, but the defense did a good job there,” said Marrone. “The offense had the better of it on the goal line and the defense stopped them on the four minute (drill).”
More EJ and Tuel
With veteran QB
“I think the first thing you look at is obviously when that unfortunate incident happened with Kevin, you look to see how EJ (Manuel) and Jeff (Tuel) react to see where you are,” said Marrone. “It was a very smooth transition, which was a positive. The team just went on and we practiced so I think in other situations when you have a quarterback and those things happen, it can affect the team. I didn’t see that and I didn’t see it affect the two guys behind him so that’s positive.”
Manuel also hit
His biggest play of the day however, came in 7-on-7 when he dropped a 60-yard bomb over the shoulder of
Tuel, who ran the second unit efficiently, was more than happy to get the extra work Saturday.
“It was one of those things I was ready for,” said Tuel. “As the third quarterback, you don’t get the physical reps like the other guys, so I’ve really been taking my mental reps and playing attention. So when a situation like this happens, I’m ready to go and can just roll with it.”
Woods and others step into the slot
“I love him. It’s amazing just watching him play,” said Johnson. “Even the little things that we watch. I’m happy that we have him on our team. He’s one of those guys who will take over soon.”
Woods knows with Johnson down it’s an opportunity for all the young receivers to get a lot more time and experience in the offense.
“I think this opportunity is great for us rookies to come in and all the other receivers as well,” said Woods. “It is a great opportunity to put more on film and get more reps. Stevie is down right now, more stuff to put on film for the coaches to look at for their review.”
Head coach Doug Marrone said Marques Goodwin and
While the offense had its share of success Saturday the defense continues to rack up sacks with regularity. Among the defenders with quarterback takedowns in the team’s most recent practice were Manny Lawson,
Jay Ross continues to put good plays together. He had a tackle for loss and a quarterback pressure that led to an incompletion.
Punters pushing each other
The punting competition was relatively even through the first set of kicks a few days ago in practice, but first-year player
In the first set of punt attempts the two punters kicked from between their own 31 and own 45-yard line. Each punter got seven attempts.
Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman looked as though he was seeing how well the punters could drop punts inside the 20, or even better the 10-yard line.
Stahovich did the better job of that with four of his seven attempts being fair caught or landing at or inside the 10-yard line. He also was more successful when it came to angling punts toward the sidelines with his two best kicks forcing the punt returner to come within a few feet of the sideline to make the catch effectively pinning the return man in for the coverage unit. Both of those punts came down at the five and six-yard lines respectively.
Powell’s best kicks landed at the 13 and the seven. Again Powell had a better gross average (53.8) than Stahovich (49), but Stahovich seemed to match his kicks to the game situation more effectively.
Stahovich also had the three best unofficial hang times in that first series of 4.58, 4.61 and 4.7.
On the second series of kicks Powell was afforded five attempts to Stahovich’s three as the special teams segment of practice ran out of time. Kicking from between their own 21 and 28-yard lines, Powell again had the two longest kicks with two 56-yarders, but they were driven balls. Neither had more than four seconds of hang time, which can make things tough for a coverage unit at times.
His gross punt average on his five kicks was 47.2.
Stahovich with his three attempts had the three longest unofficial hang times of 4.25, 4.45 and 4.56 and had a gross punting average of 48.3.
It was clearly Stahovich’s most consistent kicking day thus far in camp. He kicked between 46 and 54 yards on nine of his 10 attempts, had consistent hang time and showed an ability to directional kick.
DL Jarron Gilbert and OLB
The Bills practice on Sunday at 2 pm.