Written By Sal Maiorana
Throughout the first week of training camp, it has been plain to see that the Bills are doing things at a little different tempo than they did during the Chan Gailey era.
The practices have been crisp, there has been a little more physicality, and during Saturday's workout coach Doug Marrone had the Bills going live (meaning tackling to the ground in 11-on-11) for several periods, more than Gailey would have in a combined three or four practices.
And now Monday night, it will get amped up even more as Marrone will be presiding over a full scrimmage that could contain as many as 55 to 60 plays.
"We're really excited for tomorrow night's scrimmage and I think the players are, too," Marrone said Sunday afternoon following the Bills' workout at St. John Fisher College. "We'll be playing football with all the rules."
So for those of you who have tickets for the sold-out practice inside Growney Stadium, pat yourselves on the back for picking the right one to attend.
Marrone said he'll have a final list of players who will and won't participate by Monday morning, and he's hoping that one of the guys who can play is quarterback Kevin Kolb.
Kolb suffered a knee injury Saturday morning when he slipped on a rubber mat while changing fields, and he was not at the Sunday workout.
"We're trying to get him back for tomorrow," said Marrone. "We kept him off the field today because standing on the field, it's not something that's going to help him. So we're trying to get him back for tomorrow, and we think we have an opportunity to do that."
If not, rookie quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel will get a lot of work which, honestly, will probably help them more than it would the sixth-year veteran Kolb.
Marrone said the Bills will start out with stretching, some pursuit drills, individual drills, a special teams period, and some 7-on-7 before taking a break and starting the scrimmage.
He expects to run six series - three for each quarterback - in 12- and 6-play segments, give or take. There will then be a controlled portion where the team works on red zone, goal line, and the two-minute drill.
"Every (NFL team) probably has a scrimmage beforehand, just to get in there, get an idea of the team and how they're going to play," Marrone said. "And it gives you an extra evaluation. You do tend to put a little more into it, so that's why we're excited about it."
- On the injury front, defensive end Mario Williams did his most extensive work to date. "Mario came back today, did some team work so that's good," Marrone said.
Tight end Mike Caussin and wide receiver Stevie Johnson remained sidelined, and defensive back Duke Williams, who left the field early Saturday with concussion-like symptoms, did not practice.