ORCHARD PARK, NY - The Buffalo Bills roster is all set for next week home opener against the Miami Dolphins. The Bills have decided to release QB Levi Brown, WR James Hardy, and Buffalo native WR Naaman Roosevelt.
The Bills have also placed SS Jon Corto on reserve/physically unable to perform and TE Derek Schouman on waived/injured.
At noon Sunday the Bills will be able to establish a practice squad of eight players.
Other cuts include:
C Sean Allen, RB Andre Anderson, RB Joique Bell, T Kirk Chambers, DE Rashaad Duncan, FB Rodney Ferguson, C Christian Gaddis, TE Andrew George, G Nick Hennessey, WR Chad Jackson, DB Ellis Lankster, G Andre Ramsey, DB Lydell Sargeant, RB Chad Simpson, T Jason Watkins, and LB Donovan Woods
The team issued a media release to Eyewitness Sports Saturday with comments from Coach Chan Gailey and other players.
HEAD COACH CHAN GAILEY
Practice – September 4, 2010
On the cuts made this evening:
Well, obviously we let some good football players go today. They had to be good to be here in the first place. That’s probably the toughest day of my year, is today. Some of those guys have got a chance, they really do. It just wasn’t the right time on our football team right now. I wish them the best, but we had to make the decisions that were best for our team right now.
On his thoughts on keeping two undrafted free agent WRs and releasing WRs Chad Jackson and James Hardy:
To be honest with you, those guys played really good during preseason. They did a nice job on special teams for us. In our opinion, they gave us the best chance to win football games. That’s why you make those decisions. The one thing when you come in without any preconceived ideas, everybody gets to start on an even keel. Those guys played well when they got their chances. So, they made the most of it. We told them that everybody had a shot, and they took advantage of it.
On if WR Hardy’s injury held him back:
It may have a little bit. He was in and out, but he had some really good days. I think he was healthy the last week or two, and we got to look at him. I don’t think that deterred him. It got him behind mentally more than it did physically.
On the decision to keep QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm:
They both played well. They did a good job when they got their opportunities. They moved the team. I thought they were efficient at what we were trying to get done at the quarterback position. It was a hard call because I think Levi [Brown] has a chance to be a very good player in the long run. To give us a chance to win right now, those are the three guys that give us the best chance.
On if QB Levi Brown has the chance to make the practice squad:
I don’t know. We have not made a decision on all of our practice squad guys. That’s another thing that becomes a big decision for us, is to pick the right guys that fit in with where we are numbers wise throughout the whole team. Practice [squad] is paramount. You have to have a good practice [squad]. So, that’s how we’ll choose the people.
On the young back-ups chosen to be on the offensive line:
I feel like the first group is getting better. They’re playing together better and they’re working together better. But at the same time, [the younger guys] showed they could handle the job as… I’m not even going to say back-ups. I’m going to say part-time players because with our injury situation on the offensive line, I don’t think we’re going to get full games out of every one of those five from the get-go. Other guys are going to have to play over the course of the game.
On how encouraging it was to have S Jairus Byrd back at practice:
It’s extremely encouraging. Any time you can get a player back like that, a quality player on your football field, it is great. I know it was great for him. He’s missed it and has done everything he can do to get back on the field as fast as possible. It was good just to have him on the field.
On if LB Reggie Torbor practiced today:
Yes, [Reggie] Torbor practiced today as well.
On if special teams was a big reason WR Donald Jones made the 53-man roster:
That was a big part of it. It sure was. It was a big part.
On if there is a chance LB Reggie Torbor and S Jairus Byrd will be ready for the opener:
Yes. There’s a chance both of them can be ready. There sure is.
On why CB Terrence McGee had an ice-wrap around his foot after practice:
Terrence McGee? Yeah, I know. I’m not telling. (laughter) I know about that. That’s minor. It’s nothing.
On what the evaluation and cutting process is like from a coaches perspective:
Buddy [Nix] and I have spent entirely too much time together in the last few days. We have agonized over every decision, played with I don’t know how many different scenarios and we both go home at night thinking about it and come in the next morning thinking about it. So, it’s very difficult to be honest with you. We’ve got to do what’s best for our football team today and in the future, and that’s how we made the decisions.
On how closely he has been looking at some of the other players that have been released from other teams:
Very closely. We’re always trying to get better. There’s not one day that goes by that we’re not trying to get better. If that means finding somebody that we think can improve our football team, then we’ll do it. We have no qualms about that.
On a number of undrafted rookies making the team being a reflection of the scouting department:
I think a lot of that credit goes to the scouting department, to pick those guys that didn’t get drafted that have an excellent opportunity to make your football team. They did a nice job of getting those guys in here, and then I thought our coaches got these young guys ready. That was impressive that they were teaching them and working with them and giving them the time. Not just saying, ‘Hey, you’re an undrafted rookie, go over here.’ They worked with them, gave them an opportunity and those guys took advantage of their opportunity. That’s what it’s all about.
On the injury to TE Derek Schouman:
We just felt like we could go with the guys that we’ve got at this point. That was a hard decision, it really was. We just felt like we couldn’t sit around and give up a really good football player, waiting to see if he could get well in this amount of time or in that amount of time. You weigh many things in decisions like that, or any of those decisions, you weigh so much.
On if he feels comfortable putting G Eric Wood in the center position:
Yes, and we’ve worked Andy Levitre in there as well. We’ve worked both of those guys at center. That’s a real luxury for our football team to have a guy that’s that good to be able to go in and play something.
On his thoughts about T Cordaro Howard, DB Dominique Harris and LB Antonio Coleman:
They did a lot of good things. It wasn’t just one or two and it wasn’t just every now and then. They did some very good things on the field, and that’s where you have to do it. You can do it in shorts all you want in OTAs and mini-camps, but when you get to training camps and games, that’s where you have to go out and perform and play. They went on the field and those defensive guys hit people and Cordaro held his own every time he was in there. He was in there a lot. He played a lot of snaps in the preseason and did a nice job.
SAFETY JAIRUS BYRD
Practice – September 4, 2010
On how he’s feeling coming back from his injury:
I’m feeling alright. I’m coming back and we’ll see how things progress during the week.
On if he did work in practice today:
Yeah. I went through and practiced.
On if he thinks he’ll be ready for Miami on Sunday the 12th:
I don’t know. Everything is up in the air. I’m going to leave that to the coaches and how they see me moving around out there because as a player and competitor, I always want to play. So, whatever they say and thinks is best for the team, that’s what going to happen.
On how he feels pain-wise:
It’s alright right now. So far, so good. I’ve got to go back in there and see what the trainers say, see how they want to go about this. It feels good so far.
On if he was full-speed in practice today:
I’m working back in to it. I can’t be at [full speed] right away if I’ve been out for three weeks, however [long] it’s been. We’ll see. I’m getting there.
On if the injury has affected him or if he keeps mentally preparing to get back out there:
You’ve just got to keep doing your preparation and get back – mental preparation like you mentioned. [You’ve got to] just keep preparing to get back because at some point you’ve got to get back out there and you’ve got to do your job.
On if he feels encouraged he can play vs. Miami:
I’m encouraged. As a player and competitor, I feel like I can do anything. Like I said, that’s up to the coaches. That’s not my decision. That’s what they get paid for. I’ll leave it up to them and whatever they say is best for the team, ultimately we want to win the game.
On if he’s ready to put a full week:
We’ll see. I’ve got to see how my body reacts. This is the first day and we’ve got a day off tomorrow which will tell me a lot.
DB DOMINIQUE HARRIS
Practice- September 4, 2010
On making the roster:
I actually lost a lot of sleep last night. It was very nerve-wracking, but well worth it. I’m very happy to be a part of this organization and I will do whatever I have to do to stay a part of it.
On what he feels he can bring to the team:
I can bring 100 percent effort and 100 percent commitment.
On his role on special teams and how his play on teams contributed to making the roster:
Special teams is definitely an important part of this organization and they stress it a lot. Whatever role I have on special teams I will do to the best of my ability. I’ll run out there and make plays and like I said, do the best I can.
On being one of the five undrafted players to make the roster and what it says about their hard work:
It was definitely a hard grind. The coaches worked us hard and us as rookies, we all stuck together. I think the camaraderie helped us.
On if he thought his first training camp was harder than he thought it would be:
Yea, it was hard. I never experienced anything like that. I thought coming out of Temple, I experienced everything but I haven’t.
WIDE RECEIVER DONALD JONES
Practice- September 4, 2010
On if he took a sigh of relief today after finding out he made the roster:
Definitely. It was a stressful last few months but today was a great day for me.
On what he felt he did to impress the coaches to decide to keep him:
Just working hard from OTAs until now in everything I did from offense to special teams. And the coaches just made the selection.
On if he felt his play on special teams was a deciding factor:
I feel special teams was a big part of it. When you come in as a free agent, that’s kind of how you make the team is on special teams.
WIDE RECEIVER DAVID NELSON
Practice- September 4, 2010
On making the team as an undrafted free agent:
It’s an amazing feeling, and to be honest with you it’s kind of surreal. It hasn’t really hit me yet. I was talking to Donald Jones earlier and I was like ‘man, we just made an NFL roster.’ It’s been something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little kid. And to actually finally realize the dream is an unbelievable feeling. I haven’t really had time to celebrate. I had to go to practice and get some work in. I’m going to take this time to talk to my family and celebrate a little bit, but then it’s time to get back to work on Monday and get ready for the Dolphins.
On the road to making the team being undrafted and getting hurt during training camp:
That’s how it is in life. Sometimes there are ups and there are downs. I’ve had some good moments and some bad moments. But just like in life you have to make the most of what you have and the most of your opportunities. And whenever some bad things would happen I would just keep my head up, push through it and keep persevering. I have some good teammates, some good help support from my family and former players and coaches who keep me motivated and making me stay positive through the who experience. I couldn’t have done it by myself.
On his message on Twitter before practice:
I was a little excited. You can’t really express your true feelings through Twitter and text messages but there’s definitely some excitement on my part and I can’t wait to get on the phone and talk to my family. I haven’t been able to tell my family yet really. I’m excited to tell my family and loved ones that all the hard work I’ve done and we’ve done together has paid off and we made an NFL roster.
On if there will be a moment where he can look back and say he accomplished this or if it’s time to get to work:
It’s time to go. Now it’s time to flip the switch and get in season mode. I’m here to help this team win and try to bring that winning atmosphere and attitude I had back in college. I’ll try to bring it to this team and make it contagious. Hopefully it’ll trickle to the team. My work is never done. Just because I made the team doesn’t mean anything.