- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and coach Doug Marrone had widely conflicting assessments on how the offense performed on the third day of training camp.

Despite numerous errant throws, Manuel didn’t see much of anything go wrong Tuesday.

“Nah, good day,” he said. “I thought we ran the ball well. I thought we threw the ball well.”

Marrone saw things differently. He agreed when asked if the session was sloppy. And Marrone then provided one-word answers over what he didn’t like.

“Execution,” he said. “Communication.”

Marrone also wasn’t pleased with Manuel’s inability to get the ball off during several 7-on-7 drills, when the quarterback decided to take off and run.

“I’m not fine with that,” Marrone said. “I mean, it’s 7-on-7. We want to throw the football down the field.”

Marrone did credit Manuel for at least not forcing throws and risking interceptions.

Aside from rookie receiver Sammy Watkins making a few more highlight-reel catches, not much else went right for the Bills’ passing game on the first day players wore pads.

“We’re not even close to where we’d like to be,” Marrone said. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, as you guys have witnessed today.”

Manuel’s best throw came on his first pass in 7-on-7, when he hit a wide open Watkins in stride up the right sideline. Watkins, drafted fourth overall, also made a leaping grab at the sideline of a very wobbly pass thrown by Manuel.

Those were among the few highlights.

During one four-snap set, Manuel pulled up and ran twice, and then threw two incompletions. And he had a tough time getting in sync with second-year receiver Robert Woods.

On one play, Woods made a quick cut only to have Manuel sail the ball well over his head. On another, Woods went deep, only to have Manuel throw short.

The Bills’ offense, and Manuel in particular, are under plenty of scrutiny this summer after struggling for much of last season. As a rookie starter, Manuel’s development was slowed by three separate knee injuries that limited the first-round pick to 10 games.

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