All eyes on Watkins, Manuel as Bills open camp

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Bills stepped onto the practice field for the first time in 2014 tonight, opening training camp at St. John Fisher with all the team’s new toys on display.

First-round draft pick Sammy Watkins would be at the top of that list, showing some of the flash and dash that made him the Bills’ primary target in May.

“It’s great to hear the fans calling my name out and being active while we’re practicing,” said Watkins.

The next four weeks will be big, in terms of developing some chemistry with second-year quarterback EJ Manuel. With one day in the books, they’re on their way.

“It was good. For the most part we connected when we needed to,” said Watkins. We still have a lot of things to fix, but we were clicking today. He knew what I was doing, I knew what he was thinking and that just comes from having reps together.”

“You really just want to get it in a spot for him to catch it and get some yards after the catch,” said Manuel. “That’s the biggest thing about a receiver like Sammy. I think Robert Woods, and really all those guys, are very good once they catch the ball. It’s our responsibility as quarterbacks to give them a catchable ball and let them do the rest.”

On a down note, the Bills – already without starting left tackle Cordy Glenn due to an illness, also lost his backup, Seantrel Henderson, who left practice with an injury. Chris Hairston, who spent all of last season on IR, filled in with the first-team.

Marquise Goodwin also left practice early, but wrote on Twitter tonight that it was asthma/sickle cell related, and not injury-related.

The Bills hit the field for day two of training camp Monday at 2:10pm. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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