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.