The Buffalo Bills first preseason game wasn’t the best for the team offensively.
Fans know it. Coaches know it. Players know it.
And now the players are vowing to be better the next go-around.
"It's only so long where you can be the old Bills getting beat around this conference," wide receiver Stevie Johnson told the Associated Press. "Preseason game, practice, we've got to be better if we want to get to where we want to be."
The Buffalo Bills first teamers managed only two first downs in three possessions against the Washington Redskins. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked and was 6 of 14 when it came to passing, and the team only managed to score six points.
Johnson, meanwhile, is placing the blame for the lackluster offense on the starters.
"We're the ones (starters) so we've got to play like ones," he told the Associated Press. "It's only so long before it's going to be Week 1, when we'll be going out there and playing against the Jets. So let's get it going."
Coach Chan Gailey said he was happy players were upset with the performance.
"I'm glad he (Johnson) feels that way. If everybody doesn't feel that way then we're in trouble," Gailey said. "We made progress last year, but it's not going to happen just because we did it last year. You've got to make it happen again this year."
Various media outlets reported the team spent much of Saturday’s practice working on its red zone offense. Fitzpatrick had some sharp and accurate throws for touchdowns, but missed when trying to hook up with Johnson during a two-minute drill session.
The players hope to use the game as a learning experience.
"If we go out there and play like that, we're going to lose a lot of football games," running back Fred Jackson told the Associated Press. "We can't overreact, but we do need to learn from it."
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