Pittsford, NY -- Following the Buffalo Bills loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday night, head coach Chan Gailey was not a happy camper.
A total of 14 penalties were called that cost the Bills 134 yards -- eight of which were false starts by the offense. Rust and youth both figure in at least a little bit, but garnering that many whistles before the snap could also point to a lack of execution and discipline.
Gailey said after the game he would focus on that as training camp resumed at St. John Fisher College. One practice in, the head coach assessed how the offense performed on Saturday night.
"I think we came out and we practiced well," Gailey said. "It wasn't lights out, but you hope it's not lights out against your defense. But I thought we practiced well. We had three more penalties -- pre-snap penalties -- and we're gonna alleviate those."
The lingering effects of the game on some of the players is more of a mental check than a physical one. Some were upset with how the offense performed, and Gailey made sure they all held the same mentality ahead of Saturday's session.
"If everybody doesn't feel that way we're in trouble. I want everybody to understand," he said. "We had an offensive meeting today about that very thing. We made progress last year but it's just not going to happen just because we did it last year. You've gotta go make it happen again this year."
During the night practice, only four Bills players sat out entirely. That list includes cornerback Justin Rogers, safety Josh Nesbitt, tight end Mike Caussin and tight end Kevin Brock.
Middle linebacker Kelvin Sheppard has been in and out of team drills over the past week, and did not participate in them on Saturday. Scott McKillop took the first team reps in his place. Other players still nursing injuries such as David Nelson, Eric Wood, Erik Pears, Torell Troup and Terrence McGee increased their reps in team drills from where they had been in previous practices.
Defensive tackle Spencer Johnson was the lone Buffalo player that was injured and could not return during practice. Gailey said Johnson banged up his shoulder but expects him to be back soon. The head coach wasn't sure if Johnson would be back for practice on Sunday.
The Bills have only three practices remaining at St. John Fisher College. Their next workout happens on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm. Practice is open to the general public.