If Tuesday's first day of minicamp was a small step forward for the Buffalo Bills' quarterbacks, Wednesday's practice was two big leaps back.
The four quarterbacks on the roster dropped back to pass 22 times during practice. On those plays, the unofficial stats looked like this: 4 for 11, 22 yards, one interception, eight sacks, one defensive penalty and two offensive penalties.
"A few drops here, a few protection issues," offensive coordinator Greg Roman said when asked why the offense struggled so much to throw the ball. "There were some good plays, some bad plays. Very similar to yesterday. We didn't throw the ball downfield that much today as we did yesterday, though."
The Bills rotated all three of their quarterbacks vying for the starting job through with the starting offensive line and receivers. In the first set of 11-on-11 drills, which Tyrod Taylor took the first reps in, there were no completed passes.
Receiver Marquise Goodwin didn't help out Matt Cassel when he dropped a good deep throw, while EJ Manuel stared down receiver Caleb Holley on an out route, allowing cornerback Mario Butler to step in front of the throw and make an interception.
The second set of 11-on-11 drills didn't go much better for the trio, although the throws had more of an emphasis on short-yardage situations. There was a dump-off completion from Taylor to running back LeSean McCoy, while Manuel completed screens to running back Fred Jackson and receiver Robert Woods that would have produced minimal yardage.
Fourth-string quarterback Matt Simms completed the longest pass of the day when he connected with receiver Deonte Thompson for a gain of about 15 yards up the left seam. Simms had been sacked on his three previous drop backs, twice by Stefan Charles and once by Corbin Bryant.
The Bills' offense has one final chance to take some positive momentum into their summer break in Thursday's final minicamp practice.
"We obviously have a lot of work to do, but the number one goal was to get everybody to learn the offense and really get them prepared for training camp," Roman said. "I think the guys have done a great job of coming in and being consistent, working hard, and so we'll take a little break after tomorrow and I think the guys will be ready to go."