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Bills offense sloppy in first padded practice

7/22/2014

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills donned full pads for the first time Tuesday, holding an early morning practice as they continue their first week of training camp.

The results -- at least for the offense -- weren't stellar.

We counted five "sacks" allowed by the offensive line in 11-on-11 drills, in addition to numerous throwaways and scrambles. Not all of the pass protection struggles can be pinned on the offensive linemen, but right guard Kraig Urbik had a rough morning, finding himself on the ground more than once.

After Urbik allowed a sack to end one series of plays, coach Doug Marrone turned to offensive line coach Pat Morris and threw up his arms.

It didn't get much better. On the next series, defensive end Jerry Hughes beat left tackle Seantrel Henderson on the edge, with Henderson falling into quarterback EJ Manuel's legs during his throw. That is not what the Bills need in practice.

Aside from a deep bomb from Manuel to Sammy Watkins on the first play of 7-on-7 drills, the accuracy wasn't there for Manuel when throwing downfield Tuesday.

Other notes from Tuesday's practice:

Henderson walks off with trainers: Henderson didn't join the offensive line huddle after practice and instead walked slowly with trainers to the cooling tent on the side of the field. It was a hot morning and several players have dealt with cramps, but Henderson in particular bears watching. His conditioning was an issue during his pro day last spring and there is a spotlight on the seventh-round pick as he steps in for Cordy Glenn at left tackle.

Two others miss practice: Fullback Evan Rodriguez and tight end Chris Gragg both missed Tuesday's practice for what Marrone called heat-related cramps.

Defensive injuries: Linebacker Darrin Kitchens, who was carted off Monday, has a "lower body" injury and will miss some time, Marrone said. Same goes for cornerback Brandon Smith, who also has a "lower body" injury.