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Bills’ Manuel excited about his perfect day

Bills’ Manuel excited about his perfect day Bills quarterback EJ Manuel hit every target during practice on Tuesday. One of them was a 55-yard pass to speedy wide receiver T.J. Graham. (James P. McCoy/ Buffalo News)


PITTSFORD – The Buffalo Bills shifted into “regular season” mode during Tuesday’s training camp practice at St. John Fisher College.

“I would say today was an in-season Wednesday practice for us,” quarterback EJ Manuel said. “It went great going against a scout team. We did a great job. I don’t think we had the ball on the ground at all throughout the team period and the 7-on-7s. We had all completions, so I’m very excited about that, obviously want to keep that going.”

Manuel indeed completed every pass he attempted, going 15 of 15 during 11-on-11 drills and hitting all seven passes in 7-on-7 work.

Manuel’s best completions included a 55-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Graham down the left sideline, a 30-yard gain to a leaping Mike Williams over the middle, and a slant route to Marquise Goodwin that went for about 20 yards.

Goodwin had four catches during the practice, one of his best during training camp.

“It was a positive day for the whole offense,” he said. “The main thing for me is just being healthy and available.”

Coach Doug Marrone said even though the Bills aren’t game-planning for Saturday’s preseason home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as much as they would for a regular-season game, the team is still trying to get the players used to what a normal week during the season is like.

“We’re trying to attack that now rather than go back and try to put that into all the stuff that’s going on with the cuts and with moving back to Buffalo,” he said.

Sammy Watkins returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday, taking part in individual drills, but sitting out the team portions.

“He wasn’t fully cleared today,” Marrone said. “I’m going to watch the tape and see what we see.”

Watkins told the Associated Press he was “fine.”

“I can go out there and do a practice if I need to,” he said. “It’s just being safe.”

Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee), cornerbacks Mario Butler (ankle) and Bobby Felder (groin) and safety Jonathan Meeks (neck) did not practice Tuesday.

The Bills made a pair of cuts from their roster Tuesday, releasing offensive tackle Edawn Coughman and wide receiver Kevin Elliott.

Elliott spent last season on injured reserve after tearing his ACL during the 2013 preseason.

The team currently has 88 players on its roster. It must be down to 75 by Tuesday, and 53 by Aug. 30.

Kicker Dan Carpenter went 6 of 8 of field goals Tuesday, missing his final two attempts from 51 and 55 yards. He made kicks ranging from 32 to 47 yards.


  • Paul Kawalerski

    Nice photo. How long does it take to fix a simple problem like this on the website? Anyways, it's encouraging to hear about the progress. EJ is making progress and has not looked bad in the games. But, we have to start to seeing an NFL caliber QB come this season. So far EJ has looked like a good backup. I haven't seen what I would call a starter, let alone a franchise QB. I still would be checking the waiver wires for a veteran. Until I start to see EJ playing consistently well in games most weeks; and I mean passes on target, not constantly going for the dump off (ala. Fitz), and hitting some deep routes, then I'm not sold this is our guy. But, I do like the fact that we are starting to hear more about great practices. Now let's start to hear about GREAT GAMES. That would be news. Go Bills!!!

  • Sweet Pea

    Wow!....EJ went 15 for 15 in practice hiting on 2 long throws and NO! you can not count the Marquise catch it was slant which means it was and guessing a 3 to 7 yard catch and RAC which is ok with his speed I can live with that, now did anybody see the Mike Williams 30 yard leaping catch and how many were bail outs or dump off's?. Well said Paul this was my point with this practice stuff we been hearing about, now bring some of that energy and excitment on game day's it would be very nice to see some of those catches Watkins are making in PRACTICE!!! in games and I am not knocking him because he has not had the oppurtunity to show it in games. Let's Go Bills!!!!

  • Wayne Lester

    This will be the last decent day EJ will ever have in the NFL... It's "Tuel Time".

    • Randy Mccloud

      Well, you would be the one to know about "tool''...uh I mean Tuel time.

      • rome middlesex

        lets be objective , no name calling ok? waynes on the money rrrrandy ...ej will never lead any team to playoffs !!!!!!!!!! in 2 yrs the bills will be struggling 2 find another qb no doubt because the people that drafted ejac will be fired, not recognizing that is puzzlling to any bills fan that's ever been around football. Are you related to manuel? if that's the case then I understand. I would wager a hefty sum of money that E tard scramuel WILL NOT be starting qb opening da 2016 make sure you comeback randy but don't comment. Sit back an listen to the adults have an intelligent conversation I guarantee you will definitely learn something GO BILLS,,,,,,,,,

  • Michael Martinez

    This guy is a paper dragon. 2 years from now a distant memory.

    • Randy Mccloud

      Just make sure you comeback in 2 yrs., and repeat that when he's leading the Bills to the playoffs. Something tells me in 2 yrs., you'll be the distant memory.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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