Wang moves in: After Demetrius Bell left practice with a strained shoulder, Ed Wang moved to left tackle while Cordaro Howard, just activated from the active/PUP list, took reps with the second team.
Wang appeared in six games last season as a rookie, all in reserve, but coach Chan Gailey said Bell could be out a couple of days, meaning Wang could start the Bills' preseason opener against Chicago on Saturday.
Sideline views: Gailey prefers to practice on the grass field outside St. John Fisher's stadium but heavy rains forced the team to move inside the stadium, which has Field Turf. ... During 7-on-7 drills, Tyler Thigpen hit Naaman Roosevelt in stride on a 55-yard play, while Brad Smith completed three consecutive passes, including a 30-yarder. Not to be outdone was Levi Brown, who threw a 40-yard pass to Paul Hubbard. ... The defense proved to be formidable during 7-on-7 play inside the 20. The offense was 3 of 9 in the red zone with Ryan Fitzpatrick firing two TD passes to Lee Evans and one to Stevie Johnson. Reggie Corner had a nice breakup toward the end of the drill. ... In 11-on-11, Corner broke up a pass intended for Johnson that was picked off by Jairus Byrd, while Kyle Williams got free for a sack shortly thereafter. Linebacker Aaron Maybin was heckled by fans during Saturday's practice but he showed some life by coming off the edge hard for a sack. Fitzpatrick drew the entire secondary in on play action and found Evans wide open. Brad Smith ran the Wildcat on four of five reps and completed a pass to David Nelson.
Directions: From Buffalo take the Thruway to Exit 47. Take Route 490 East for 25 miles to Exit 25 (Fairport Road -- 31F). Turn right or left and follow signs to fan parking. Shuttle buses take fans from the nearby lots to the practice fields. The lots are at Sutherland High School (55 Sutherland St.) and Mendon High School (472 Mendon Road), both near St. John Fisher.
Schedule: Practice today is from 3:20-5:30 p.m. The team is off Tuesday. Free tickets are required for admission to Wednesday's night session and are available at Rochester Verizon Wireless locations. The Bills practice again from 3:20-5:30 on Thursday, then travel to Chicago on Friday for the preseason opener against the Bears on Saturday night.
Quote of the day: "It's his team now. When you're the backup quarterback you don't want to step on anyone's shoes. He's in control, he's the leader and we all have a whole lot of respect for him." -- Center Eric Wood on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.