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  • Bills camp notebook: Team competes in intrasquad scrimmage

  • The Buffalo Bills cranked up the intensity at their practice under the lights at St. John Fisher College’s Growney Stadium on Monday. The team competed in an intrasquad that included some live hitting in several different game situations.


    Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel struggled early in the scrimmage with a pair of interceptions, but finished strong with two touchdown passes in red-zone work.

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  • The Buffalo Bills cranked up the intensity at their practice under the lights at St. John Fisher College’s Growney Stadium on Monday. The team competed in an intrasquad that included some live hitting in several different game situations.
    Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel struggled early in the scrimmage with a pair of interceptions, but finished strong with two touchdown passes in red-zone work.
    “To get that fastball look from a live defense, I think it’s one of the best defenses in the league,” Manuel said. “I think those guys are going to do a great job for us. Having reps against those guys, having success and even when you’re having adversity, I think it’s good for you.”
    Manuel failed to lead the offense to any points in his first seven possessions with the offense. Corner Leodis McKelvin intercepted Manuel’s first pass of the scrimmage and ran it back about 40 yards for a touchdown. Linebacker Arthur Moats later intercepted a pass that was tipped into the air by a pass rusher.
    Fellow quarterback Jeff Tuel performed well with the second and third units in the scrimmage. In five possessions, Tuel led the offense to two touchdowns and two field goals. The rookie completed long passes to receivers Marquise Goodwin, Da’Rick Rogers and Marcus Easley.
    Manuel’s first touchdown of the scrimmage came on his first red zone series. TJ Graham beat Stephon Gilmore and the quarterback lofted the ball in from 30 yards out. The rookie passer also scored on a read-option run and a 10-yard touchdown pass to fullback Drew Smith. He closed practice with a successful two-minute drill that ended with a short touchdown run by Tashard Choice.
    Head coach Doug Marrone said the team is pleased with Manuel’s development.
    “The mistakes that he has made during the course of practice, he’s come back and not made those same mistakes,” Marrone said. “The more we can put him in there right now, the faster he’ll be able to develop.”
    — The Bills also did some work in goal-line situations and Marrone said the defense won the battle Monday. The coach said the offense did better when the team practiced the situation earlier in camp.
    Choice received a lot of the goal-line carries with the first team offense and scored a pair of touchdowns.
    — Goodwin made the catch of the night in the two-minute drill. Tuel threw the ball up and Goodwin, who is listed at five-foot-nine, out-leaped McKelvin to come down with the ball.
    — Quarterback Kevin Kolb missed practice due to a death in the family. Marrone said the veteran would’ve tried to return to practice if he had been in town. Kolb hurt his knee tripping on a rubber mat while running from field to field on Saturday.
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