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Bills' offense stalls in two-minute drill Sunday night

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills are nearing the end of training camp, holding their second-to-last practice at St. John Fisher College on Sunday evening.

The team has mostly transitioned to its first-team offense running plays against the scout-team defense during 11-on-11 work, so there is less to evaluate from quarterbacks during 11-on-11 periods in practice.

First-team reps continued to be divided between all three quarterbacks competing for the starting job. Matt Cassel received 14 reps with the first team Sunday night, while Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel each saw eight snaps.

However, the Bills ratcheted up the intensity of practice for a period of two-minute drills Sunday night. Here were the results:

  • First-team offense vs. first-team offense: Cassel started 3-of-3 passing, moving the ball to about midfield. He then missed receiver Dez Lewis wide on a first-down throw, then completed a pass to tight end Charles Clay for a 3-yard gain, then was sacked on a third-down blitz by safety Corey Graham and linebacker Preston Brown.

  • Second-team offense vs. second-team defense: Getting the nod over Taylor, Manuel moved to the defense's 37-yard line when rookie cornerback Merrill Noel slipped, leaving tight end Nick O'Leary wide open for a big gain. Manuel then moved into the red zone on a third-down completion to receiver Tobais Palmer. After that, the wheels came off. Manuel badly overthrew a receiver -- hitting a cameraman on the sideline -- and then was intercepted in the end zone by cornerback Mario Butler on second down.

  • Third-team offense vs. third-team defense: Matt Simms, who has seen in practice time skyrocket since last week as the Bills' offense gives the first-team defense scout-team looks, was intercepted by cornerback Ellis Lankster on his fifth snap.

The Bills are off Monday before returning for their final practice at St. John Fisher on Tuesday morning. They'll practice again Thursday at their facility in Orchard Park, New York, but reporters will only be allowed to watch stretching and individual drills.