Say what you want about it only being the preseason, but through four exhibition games the Bills look far from a polished product with the regular season just two weeks away.
The starting offense struggled for the first half against the Buccaneers on Saturday in the 27-14 loss. The first team did find the end zone twice in the third quarter for the first time in exhibition play, albeit against Tampa's backup defense.
Three turnovers and other miscues costing the Bills once again. It led head coach Doug Marrone to say the starters might see some time in the final preseason game against Detroit, when normally they'd sit that one out. Either way there's plenty to work on.
"If our coach wants us out there, we’ll be out there," running back Fred Jackson said. "That’s just how a lot of guys are going to be and we need work, just like anybody else, we can’t say we’re excused from anything, especially after the performance we had in the first half. We came out and made some plays in the second half but it wasn’t enough. We just have to continue to come out here and keep working."
"We can’t start off like that," running back C.J. Spiller said. "If we want to be a great offense we have to be able to do it against the starters, their best defense and obviously we didn’t get it done. But it was good to finally get some scores."
"We have to be out there and be there for each other," quarterback EJ Manuel said. "We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot so to speak as far as the penalties or the mishaps and falling down - all that stuff. We have to eliminate those things I think that once we get past that I think we will be able to move the ball up and down the field against any defense."
The Bills return to the practice field on Monday in Orchard Park. The first round of roster cuts comes Tuesday.