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Bills work red zone

The Bills worked on the red zone in both their 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 portions of practice Wednesday inside the team's fieldhouse.

Ryan Fitzpatrick took his turn again getting the first snaps at quarterback in both segments. Trent Edwards was second and Brian Brohm third in 7 on 7 drills and Brohm was second and Edwards third in 11 on 11. The QBs continue to rotate each day.

Brohm had some nice throws in his 11 on 11 chance. He hit rookie receiver Donald James on a slant for a score and connected with tight end Michael Matthews through a tight window for another TD. Left tackle Nick Hennessey had a good block to help Joique Bell score on a draw play.

"Everything happens quicker in the red zone, everything," coach Chan Gailey said. "The pass rush speeds up, the routes have to be quicker. The defense breaks quicker. Everything speeds up in the red zone, and you have to go practice that on a regular basis or you don’t get a feel for that. You’re just trying to introduce the base concepts right now. We’ll continue to practice that on a regular basis. A lot of games are won and lost in the red zone."

Leodis McKelvin leaped to make an interception off Fitzpatrick during the 7 on 7 drills. Reggie Corner had a couple pass break-ups. Ellis Lankster broke up a pass for James Hardy from Levi Brown on the last play of the practice. Hardy made a good adjustment to a ball from Edwards down the sideline early in the practice. Guard Eric Wood and tackle Demetrius Bell continue to work out with trainers on the side. Bell, eager to see some action, still is snapping during 7 on 7 drills (there are no other linemen on the field for that session). Not on the field or the sidelines were Marshawn Lynch, Aaron Schobel, Shawn Nelson, Roscoe Parrish, Brian Moorman and Will Croner.

---Mark Gaughan


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