By Jay Skurski
PITTSFORD – A pair of two-minute drills that resulted in touchdowns saved what was otherwise a day to forget for the Bills’ offense this morning.
Kevin Kolb directed the first scoring drive, completing three straight passes to Stevie Johnson to start. After a run for no gain and a sack by Jamie Blatnick, Kolb connected on a 39-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin, who beat Nickell Robey down the right sideline.
Jeff Tuel was next, and his first play in the two-minute session was a big one: a 49-yard gain down the right sideline to Da’Rick Rogers. Tuel then completed consecutive passes to Brandon Kaufman and Marcus Easley for short gains, before two straight run plays by Tashard Choice. On third-and-goal, Tuel hit Choice on a swing pass for a touchdown.
It was exactly the finish to practice Tuel needed. The undrafted free agent had started the 11-on-11 portion of the workout by going 0 for 8. He was also sacked four times, including a stretch of three of four plays in which Kyle Williams was in the backfield. By unofficial count, Tuel took 28 reps, while Kolb got 32.
There were several good plays turned in by Bills’ defenders. As mentioned, Williams was in the backfield all morning, and Kiko Alonso, Jerry Hughes and Alan Branch also were in on sacks. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was dialing up several pressures, including one from safety Da’Norris Searcy, who had a direct line at Tuel and forced a hurried throw that was incomplete. On one play, the Bills blitzed both safeties, Searcy and Aaron Williams, at Kolb.
Williams earlier made an interception of Kolb during 7-on-7s on a ball that deflected off the hands of receiver Stevie Johnson.
taggedAaron Williams | Alan Branch | Brandon Kaufman | Da'Norris Searcy | Da'Rick Rogers | Jeff Tuel | Kevin Kolb | Kiko Alonso | Marquise Goodwin | Stevie Johnson