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Bills training camp news, 7/29: Day 1 practice recaps

The first practice of Buffalo Bills training camp is in the books, and reporters and columnists on hand spent their Sunday nights writing up the evening's events. See what they have to say right here.

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Bills Camp: Day 1 Practice Notes - WGR 550

"The opening day Most Valuable Player honors goes to Marcus Dowtin, who fans will get very acclimated with this season. With the way he's been used throughout the spring and through the first day, the Bills have a very versatile role for him lined up."

Joe Buscaglia typically offers the most measured and reasoned post-practice opinions. If you simply have to start formulating hot takes based on one practice, make this your first stop.

Practice Notes, July 28th -
"We came out and we all said we’re going to run go-routes to set the tone—we are a different team, different receiving corps," said Graham. "We got speed to show, and we wanted to show it."

Bills Roundup: First Practice Highlights -
"Chris Brown and John Murphy analyze the first practice of training camp, including some of the top highlights and Mario Williams being held out of practice."

Doug Marrone Sunday Press Conference -
"Head Coach Doug Marrone talks about the first practice at St. John Fisher and gives an injury update on Mario Williams."

Oohs, aahs and a few Z’s as new Bills take the field - The Buffalo News
"Even I’ve been looking forward to this camp – and I’ll admit, my usual strategy is to schedule enough vacation time to keep my camp appearances at a minimum, while maximizing the opportunities to work on my short game. But EJ Manuel is here." Jerry Sullivan keeps it honest.

Bills come out firing in camp debut - The Buffalo News
"Kolb got 36 snaps, Manuel got 28, by unofficial count, in the 11-on-11 portions of practice." Mark Gaughan is the best when it comes to the fine details.

Buffalo Bills practice observations - ESPN NFL Nation Blog
"Of the 87 players who have reported to training camp, 86 were in uniform for the session. Offensive lineman Chris Hairston, who is on the active/physically unable to perform list, was seen working out with the training staff on the sideline."

Buffalo Bills complete first practice at training camp - Democrat and Chronicle
"The fans were great," said former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Doug Legursky, who signed with the Bills as a free agent in June. "It must have been Sunday Funday. A few of them must have got an early start."

Bills QB competition based on who can win now - Associated Press
''What I look at is it's really which players can we put on the field to win now,'' Marrone said, after being asked if the Manuel has the edge because he's regarded as the team's future. ''A lot of people talk about the future. And really the future for us as coaches and as a team is now.''

Kevin Kolb takes aim at starting job for Buffalo Bills - Democrat and Chronicle
"They told me straightforward right from the beginning that they were probably going to draft a guy," Kolb said. "They didn’t know where or when, but I told them I didn’t care. I’m here not only because I have a chance to compete for the starting job, but because I believe in what they’re doing."

Bills DE Williams misses practice with sore foot - Associated Press
"Mario reported to our athletic training staff that he had a sore foot," Marrone said, following the two-plus hour session at the team's training camp facility in suburban Rochester. "So what we wanted to do was hold him out of practice and let our medical staff evaluate him."

'Sore foot' keeps Mario Williams sidelined at first practice - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"It's not a disappointment from a standpoint of, 'Gosh, I wish the player was out here for the rest of the team.' It's more of a disappointment for the individual," Marrone said. "Mario's put in a lot of hard work, went in the playbook and did a lot of work this offseason."

Scott Chandler takes another step toward remarkable recovery - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"It's the most I've done in a while," Chandler said in Growney Stadium. "It's the first time I really got my hands on somebody and blocked them, the first time I ran a route with somebody guarding me. But it felt good. It was what I expected. Hopefully, I can come back out here and continue to build on that."

Stevie credits coaches for practice intensity -
"That’s the intensity that the coaches bring out here," Johnson said. "They brought that here. They challenged us and we’ve been just challenging to keep the DBs (running) and it was fun. You’ve got to make it fun and compete with each other we’re out there talking trash and get things going. It’s pretty much us against the world and that’s how we feel right now. So we go out here and compete with each other and take on the world when the season starts."