The players responded and picked up the pace through the first half of practice as Marrone also changed the atmosphere with music blaring down onto the practice field.
“I felt like we kind of came out sluggish,” said
But after about 70 plays some players were getting sick on the field. After a five-minute break the players finished practice with two more team series, and there were more upset stomachs. No players subbed out however, as those that got sick did so at the line of scrimmage and just kept going.
“You’ve got to be mentally tough to make it through days like this. Obviously guys are puking out there today, but it’s just part of it,” said
“Today was one of those days when you look at the schedule and you look at the calendar, and you know you had the scrimmage a couple of days ago and you have two games coming up here in nine days,” said Marrone. “The players are going to be sore, the coaches, everybody. I thought they did a very good job. We came out and got a lot of good work on this day. So I was proud of the players from that standpoint.”
With the team not practicing again until Friday night there is recovery time built in for the players and Marrone promised to be smart over the next 48 hours with them.
“We’re going to make sure we are doing the right thing and help them be able to recover as they get into the short stretch of these two games,” he said.
Manuel trying to take advantage of extra work
At one point offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was talking to Manuel about hanging in the pocket.
Among Manuel’s better throws was a 65-yard bomb down the right sideline to
He also threw a nice pass down the left sideline to
His most astute play was his pass over the middle to
Manuel was fired up after winning on that play shouting, ‘We got that one for the first time!’ The rookie signal caller then ran down the field to high five his receiver after the play.
Kyle making progress
Bills Pro Bowl DT
“This surgery can kind of be discouraging because it takes so long to kind of bounce back,” said Williams. “It’s all about getting the tensile strength back in your Achilles. Even though nothing was wrong with it they have to take it off and lay it back down. I’m excited moving forward knowing that I’m getting better and not getting worse. I’ve gone the other way for a long time now where it’s getting worse or staying the same. I’m excited about now and even further in the future feeling better and healthier than I have in a long time.”
Williams was active along the line of scrimmage Thursday making a few tap out tackles either at the line of scrimmage or in the offensive backfield.
He hasn’t been told yet whether he’ll be getting any playing time in Sunday’s preseason opener at Indianapolis.
Hopkins has perfect day
Hopkins two longest attempts came from 48 and 50 yards off the left and right hash respectively. The rookie kicker looked to be in a set rhythm for the first time all camp.
“I think rhythm is important, especially for me,” Hopkins told Buffalobills.com. “I think it’s bigger for some guys and not as much for others. I felt really good with Garrison (Sanborn) snapping. He’s been doing it long enough so I’m very confident in him and Shawn (Powell) having held for me for three years. I’ve felt a lot better out there the last two days than the previous practices out here.”
Lindell was 7-for-9 on his first set of attempts, missing from 43 (WL) and 51 (WR) yards though he did hit a 51-yarder on his last attempt. He was 4-for-5 on his second set of kicks missing a 39-yarder wide left.
“I think we’re going to stick with those two players that we have there now,” said Marrone. “I think that gives us the best chance, and I see both players competing a very high level, and both players are getting better each day. Now, it’s just making sure they can go out there and perform in these preseason games because they are doing a good job in practice.”
With Brooks on the boundary, rookie
The Bills have a night practice scheduled for Friday at 6 pm.