Training Camp Blog: Night practice tonight
PITTSFORD, NY - The Bills hit the field at 6:30 tonight at St. John Fisher College, for their first practice since dropping the preseason opener to the Washington Redskins by a 7-6 score. Tonight, many eyes will be on the first team offense. While operating in the no huddle system, that unit managed only two first downs. Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the day six of 14 for 61 yards, and was sacked one time for a five yard loss.
"I think with the preseason people tend to overreact positive or negative and this was good because we got to go against a defense that wasn’t ours," Fitzpatrick said following the game. While he did not place a high emphasis on it, the Bills' quarterback was clear that the team needs a better showing Friday night in Minnesota. "We wish we would have been more productive and done some things better but you chalk it up to learning experience and hope everybody comes out healthy and move on.”
Since the first team offense seemed to struggle operating out of the no huddle system, it will be interesting to see if they shy away from that in tonight's practice. Following Thursday's game, Chan Gailey was more concerned with the team's offensive penalties. Gailey said that five illegal motion penalties and one alignment penalty were a major problem to the team's offensive flow.
"This was a great lesson in our lack of discipline at this point. We saw where we were there," the head coach said. "The other thing was, it was great to see all of the pressure. We knew they were going to bring pressure. We have to see how we can handle that because we are going to get a ton of it this year when we get empty packages in our four-wide, three-wide packages. We will learn a lot from it. It looked ugly, it felt ugly."
Those are among the issues that the Bills will look to iron out tonight, as they begin their final four days of camp. The second preseason game is set for Friday night at 8:00 in Minnesota.