The excitement has arrived at St. John Fisher College. One night of Buffalo Bills training camp is in the books.
And as one might expect, many eyes at Growney Stadium on Sunday were fixed on the quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb and rookie first-round draft pick EJ Manuel.
The veteran Kolb took most of the reps with the first-team offense on Sunday. Head coach Doug Marrone said they will work to make it that more of even split between the two. Manuel did look impressive on a couple of deep completions during drills, but there's certainly a long way to go before we'll know who's under center in the season opener against the Patriots.
"We’re going to keep pushing forward, but again we have a young quarterback in EJ and we’re bringing him along," said Marrone. "At the same time we have a lot of time before we get to the preseason games to get that thing to 50-50."
While the quarterbacks did not speak to the media following Sunday's practice, several of the players on the receiving end of their passes talked about the first day of the competition.
"We pretty much get a mix with both quarterbacks," said wide receiver Stevie Johnson. "I think it’s on us as professionals to work that mix and whoever the coaches pick to play QB, then we’ll just roll with that."
"You want it to be a guy that's going to put it on you. That's all I care about," said tight end Scott Chandler. "As long as they're putting it within my reach I'm happy with whoever's back there. We trust that the coaches are going to make the right decision and we're going to stand by whoever they chose."
There was an injury note worth keeping an eye on from Sunday's practice. Defensive end Mario Williams missed most of practice with a sore foot. Marrone said Williams was pulled from participation as a precaution, and Williams will be evaluated by the training staff.
The Bills are back to work with the second practice of training on Monday afternoon.