PITTSFORD — The Buffalo Bills made two roster moves Saturday as the team opened training camp at St. John Fisher College.
The Bills released guard Chris Scott and tight end Mickey Shuler.
Scott, a fifth-round pick of Pittsburgh in 2010, was given a shot at some practice repetitions with the starting unit early in spring practices. But he didn’t see quality repetitions as spring work went on.
Colin Brown and Doug Legursky shared the work the final week of spring practice in the battle to win the starting left guard job.
Said coach Doug Marrone of Scott: “That’s just unfortunate in this profession. We have expectations as coaches coming in and we didn’t feel that Chris fulfilled his expectation to us, to his teammates or the coaches. So we let him go.”
The Bills did on-field conditioning tests Saturday morning. Marrone addressed the squad at a full-team meeting Saturday.
Marrone said veteran Kevin Kolb and rookie EJ Manuel will split snaps to open practice.
“We’re gonna split the reps and look at both Kevin and EJ with both groups to see how they perform,” Marrone said, referring to both the first and second units. “We haven’t really got into detailed discussion about the preseason.”
Neither Chan Gailey nor Dick Jauron had any extended full-tackling scrimmages during training camp. Marrone said the team will have a tackling-to-the-ground scrimmage period during their second evening practice, on Aug. 5.
“That’ll be a big scrimmage down the road,” Marrone said. “That’ll be a live scrimmage. That’ll be the first look at saying, ‘OK, who can really get it done in a live situation?’”
Marrone has nine practices scheduled to start at 8 a.m. – earlier than the Bills ever have practiced at St. John Fisher.
“I like getting up and playing,” Marrone said. “I like getting up and going to play. I felt that way when I was a player. I know a lot of veteran players I’ve been around have felt that way. We want to get up early and get a chance to play.
“I think also strategically it helps us a little bit, as far as going through the corrections afterward, going through the walk-throughs, making sure you’ve watched all the film. I think you can do a much better job and don’t feel rushed.”
Neither Marrone nor General Manager Doug Whaley had anything substantive to say about the absence of safety Jairus Byrd, who is without a contract. Byrd was the only player who did not report to camp.
“I know it’s a story you guys are going to have to cover,” Whaley said. “We respect him as a player and as a human being. Hoepfully he comes in and when he does we’ll welcome him with open arms. But at this time he’s exercising his right and we respect that.
“Right now the lines of communication are open. We will not be … negotiating in the media or in a public way.”