Only music was blaring from the sound system at the St. John Fisher College practice field on Monday afternoon but Buffalo Bills fans could no doubt still imagine what John Murphy would have been saying if this had been a game.
"E.J. Manuel, throwing deep down the right sideline — Sammy Watkins is WIDE open — touchdown Buffalo!"
"Manuel looking deep, he throws down the right sideline — Sammy Watkins is wide open again — touchdown Buffalo!"
Might this have been a prelude to the upcoming Bills' season? Fans sure hope so. So does the coaching staff, for that matter.
Twice during Day 2 of training camp on Monday, Manuel connected with the speedy Watkins during drills.
The first time, the rookie wide receiver deked and then darted his way past veteran cornerback Leodis McKelvin. The second time, he left rookie Kenny Ladler in his wake. Each time he had separation, he found the pass from Manuel dropping right into his hands.
The tease of big-play mania had fans — and the offense — amped up.
"We brought him here to do that," Bills coach Doug Marrone said after practice, "and he's doing a very good job of it. The guy's making plays and people are excited.
"You like to see that. And not just one receiver but will all the receivers that are out there."
The Bills traded up five spots to No. 4 to select the former Clemson star oin the first round of the NFL draft.
"He wants to make an impact," Marrone said.
Without too much bravado.
According to Marrone, his connections at Clemson told him that Watkins "is probably one of the most humble superstars I've ever been around, and he's been around some superstars."
Watkins was forced off the field briefly on Monday. He leaped above two or three defenders to grab a deflected pass but, on the way down, was inadvertantly poked in the left eye.
He was examined by team medical personnel and was soon taking part in drills again.