The Buffalo Bills conducted their first practice of this training camp in full pads under a scorching sun Tuesday morning, and it did not go well for the offense, contrary to what quarterback EJ Manuel felt.
"I thought we had a good day," Manuel said, a somewhat surprising response given the evidence of what transpired during the two-hour-plus session at St. John Fisher College. "It was the first third-down day so we have to continue to get better, but it was the first full pad practice and I thought we ran the ball well and threw the ball well."
It was obvious that coach Doug Marrone disagreed with his quarterback.
"In the beginning," Marrone said when asked if he felt it was a poor showing by the offense. "I think they finished strong, but it's not what we want. I want them to perform better, no doubt about it."
It's only three days into camp, so you would expect a little rust to show, especially given this was the first time the pads were on and the defense could play a little more aggressively. However, with all the time that was spent in OTAs and mini-camp learning and installing the offense, it shouldn't have been as disjointed as it looked.
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Manuel and the other quarterbacks were off on several throws, there were some miscommunications on routes, and a few balls wound up in the hands of the guys wearing the blue defensive jerseys.
"It's been a long time since you had pads on and hit for a lot of guys," said Marrone. "The last three weeks of the season you're not allowed to have contact in practice, so the only contact we had was in the games, and the next time you have contact is right now. You don't start off where you left off, it takes time and that's why I'm glad we're in early. We're not even close to where we'd like to be and we have a lot of work to do, as you guys witnessed today."
Marrone had nothing new to report on left tackle Cordy Glenn's status. He continued to say that he can't speak about his medical condition. Glenn was seen walking around the field in Growney Stadium and doing conditioning drills.
Marcell Dareus was expected back at Fisher Monday night, but his flight from Alabama was cancelled due to inclement weather, so he was expected to arrive sometime mid-day Tuesday. Dareus was in Alabama Monday where he was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program following his arrest in early May. If he completes the program, the charges against him - criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia - will be dropped.