Notes from Buffalo Bills Scrimmage
Manuel shines during scrimmage:
Head coach Rex Ryan liked what he saw from EJ Manuel the most during the scrimmage:
“I really thought EJ did a nice job,” said Ryan. “He had a real nice ball early to Percy (Harvin). Percy made a real nice catch and then (EJ) had that real nice run. So I was impressed by EJ. The other guys Matt (Cassel) we were running the ball specifically with him early and then he made some throws. I think Tyrod I was a little disappointed in him because I’ve seen him make those throws for a touchdown before. I think he’d like to have a couple of throws back. He did some nice things, but I think he probably wants a couple of throws back.”
Manuel threw the only touchdown pass for the offense. Manuel also had a nice 43-yard gain on a pass to Chris Hogan.
Ryan said the quarterbacks will continue to be rotated which means Cassel will start versus Carolina next week.
“We’ll probably start Cassel in the first game against Carolina and we’ll just go from there,” said Ryan. “Obviously we’ll rotate guys who get a shot to start.”
Defense looks tough:
“A couple of them were just blitzes,” said DT Corbin Bryant who had a pair of sacks. “Rex Ryan is the king of blitzes so he dialed it up and we hid it pretty well from the offense until the last second and then I just got in there and made a good move on the guard. A couple of them were us working together as a rush team and I just happened to get there.”
Ryan sees the offense being well behind the defense:
“I’m used to having a great defense,” said Ryan. “I think sometimes the defense at this stage of the game is way ahead of the offense. Obviously we only had one touchdown, but when you go back and look that’s normally what you get. It’s not surprising that we never lit it up. We were game planning or anything else. We were putting the ball down and letting the guys play.”
LeSean McCoy had a tight hamstring and had to pull out of the scrimmage early. CB Ross Cockrell initially had a scare with a knee injury on a collision at the end of a pass play, but was able to walk off under his own power.
Offensive Line battle:
Seantrel Henderson started at right tackle over Cyrus Kouandjio:
“Cyrus had a little setback with missing a day and things, but Seantrel has really been going like this and again, there’s competition there,” said Ryan. “But Seantrel’s really doing a nice job.”