By Tim Graham
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills set a club preseason record Sunday with 44 points against the Indianapolis Colts.
Rookies played a part in all but six of those points. They scored on offense, defense and special teams. A rookie quarterback took each snap.
"Man, I told the guys before leaving the field, as a unit we did really well," third-round pick Marquise Goodwin said. "We got a lot of things that we can work on.
"The rookie players came in and we did what we were supposed to. We did our job ... and made the Buffalo Bills organization look good out there."
Goodwin, a third-round pick, scored on a spectacular 107-yard kickoff return. Undrafted quarterback Jeff Tuel threw touchdown passes to undrafted receivers Da'Rick Rogers and Brandon Kaufman. Undrafted cornerback Jumal Rolle returned an interception for a touchdown.
The only veteran to score a touchdown, tight end Dorin Dickerson, caught a 17-yard strike from first-round pick EJ Manuel.
Sixth-round pick Dustin Hopkins kicked two field goals and two extra points.
Second-round pick Robert Woods didn't get into the end zone, but he was an important part of Manuel's touchdown drive at the end of the first half. Manuel connected with Woods three times, twice for first downs, on the series.
"We're very proud," Manuel said. "We're all really good friends. Obviously, this is just the first preseason game. We have a long way to go. But I think we're starting to get ourselves some confidence."
Rookie quarterbacks took every Bills snap because Kevin Kolb didn't play. Manuel was 16 of 21 for 107 yards and a touchdown. Tuel completed his first nine passes and was 19 of 23 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Neither threw an interception.
Second-round linebacker Kiko Alonso had three tackles and a pass defensed.
taggedBrandon Kaufman | Da'Rick Rogers | Dorin Dickerson | Dustin Hopkins | EJ Manuel | Jeff Tuel | Jumal Rolle | Kevin Kolb | Kiko Alonso | Marquise Goodwin | Robert Woods