Bills head coach Doug Marrone took the long layoff of 12 weeks into account when preparing to evaluate newly signed TE Tony Moeaki in his first Bills practice Thursday. Marrone was pleased with what he saw as Moeaki looked sharp in his first session with his new teammates.
“I thought he did some nice things out there,” said Marrone. ”It’s the first day back. He’s been out for a while, but he looked good. Normally you’re going to be a little bit rusty, but he looked very smooth.”
With only a month to get a look at Moeaki the coaching staff is trying to force feed the tight end as much of their playbook as possible so as to more effectively evaluate how well he can fit in Buffalo’s offensive scheme.
“We try to cram it and do as much as we can and see what he can retain and keep evaluating him,” said Marrone. ”Obviously we brought him in here for a reason and the question is can he get back to the level of play when he was in this league and playing because when he did play he was extremely productive.”
Buffalo’s sideline boss isn’t convinced that Moeaki will have enough time to make an impact this season, but they’re going to do their best to make that happen.
“That’s our goal, whether that happens or not is going to depend on the progress,” he said. ”Sometimes you may be forced into that situation from an injury standpoint and sometimes you can play yourself into that situation. It’s going to be evaluated and we’re excited about having him.”
Marrone did say that Moeaki is not expected to be active for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.
“I don’t think so,” said Marrone. ”I think it would be very difficult to get a player ready to go when you bring him in during the middle of the week.”
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