Notes From Training Camp

July 28, 2010 Updated Jul 28, 2010 at 6:55 PM EDT

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July 28, 2010 Updated Jul 28, 2010 at 6:55 PM EDT

PITTSFORD, NY ( WKBW / release ) Channe 7 and is your "Official Station Of The Buffalo Bills!" Sports Director Jeff Russo is at St. John Fisher College where players arrived Wednesday for camp.

Here are some notes from the players released by the team:
Training Camp Move-in Day – July 28, 2010

On if he is ready to roll for the start of training camp:

Actually, I’ve got to get this out of the way first. A couple of weeks ago, I had to have a quick procedure done on my groin. [It’s] nothing major. I’m going to be limited for a couple of weeks at camp. I feel great now. I feel fine, but the trainers want to take it slow, make sure everything heals properly, so that I’m 100 percent for the start of the season.

On the amount of time he will be missing at camp:

“I think – you’re going to have to check with [the trainers] – but I think I’ll be doing stuff on the side, just getting back into it on my own. But I feel like I’ll be back with the team pretty fast because it was a really, really minor thing. It was to solve a small problem now so it doesn’t become a bigger one later but, like I said, I feel great right now. They just want to take it real slow and be really cautious with it.

On if it was something he did in the weight room or on the field:

I just tweaked something in OTA’s and mini-camps and kept going on it, didn’t think much of it, and it just kept getting a little bit worse and worse. Then we finally decided to, like I said, take care of it now so that I can get through the season perfectly fine and not have something creep up on me later on in the year.

On when the injury and procedure took place:

The procedure was two weeks ago, two weeks ago today. But when I first did whatever I did, when I first tweaked it, you could say that it was in the middle of OTA’s.

On his thoughts about falling behind with the new 3-4 defensive scheme:

It definitely would be a lot better if I could start fresh with the guys. I feel like I was able to pick up the defense pretty well in OTA’s and mini-camp, but I definitely need to be out there, especially now that we have pads on and it’s the real deal. I need to be out there getting comfortable hitting again, fitting in this style of defense, so I am going to be a little bit behind, that’s for sure. I wish I could start tomorrow with the guys. I will feel like I will be a little bit behind but hopefully I’ll be able to catch up when I get back out there.

On if he is a PUP candidate:

They told me they’re not going to put me on that because, if we do walkthroughs or anything like that at half speed, I will be able to do that. Yes, so I won’t be on that list.

On whether his procedure is more preventative than anything:

Absolutely, you never want to miss time. But with the options they gave me, they said to take care of it now, miss a couple of weeks at camp and be great for the season, as opposed to letting it linger and get worse on me in week 7 or 8, and then it gets real bad. So, I just said let’s solve the problem now, miss a little bit of time now and make sure I’m 100 percent for opening day.

On his thoughts about the national publications picking the Bills to finish in the lower half of the AFC East and NFL:

If you take our record from last year and say we had a lot of problems going into this offseason – quarterback, offensive line, new defense – I mean, why wouldn’t you say that. But it’s our job to go out and prove them wrong and say we have a lot of confidence in our abilities and what we can do on the field. But the biggest…You’ve got to go out and perform. That’s obviously the biggest thing. We’ve got to go out, win football games from the start, and that will all change.

Nose Tackle Kyle Williams
Training Camp Move-In Day - July 28, 2010

On showing up for camp for another year:

“It’s always different, every year is always different. You always have excitement about a new year, you have everything to look forward to and nothing to feel bad about. So I’m excited and we’re going to get going here before you know it and we’ll see where it goes.”

On if there’s a different feel because of the new coaching staff:

“It’s a little different feel but I won’t know exactly what that feel is until we get going and see what the different schedule is going to be and the different practices. Camp is camp and it’s something that you come into and you have to work at and get your team going and start to grow and learn each other a little bit better than we did at OTAs and stuff like that. So it’s a good part of what we do.”

On if he thinks the workload will be heavier

“I don’t know. I know we have more two-a-days, which is part of camp and you have to do it. He [Coach Gailey] stressed toughness and the team being smart so I know we’re going to work on those things. I don’t know how long practice is going to be but I would anticipate us getting after it pretty good.”

On what he thinks about people picking them to finish last in the division:

“I don’t know if they’ve ever picked us to win the division, this will be my fifth year and I’m pretty sure they haven’t. You know, it’s all about, it’s the old cliché, we’re here, we have to work one day at a time. Because That’s the only way we’re going to change anybody’s opinion, is winning football games on Sunday, and we start by doing that here. Like I said, the only way that you can change it is to win some football games and change the attitude around here amongst the players and fans.”

On if he thinks Aaron Schobel will retire:

“I’ve talked to Schobel quite a bit. I talked to him on the way up here. We hope he comes back, I think he wants to, I think he’ll miss parts of it. As everybody here knows, he’s quite an individual. We hope he comes back because he can help us out a lot. Being able to play in this defense could help him, not just our team. We hope he comes back. I know that he said he’s leaning toward it, but I’m sure he’ll take his time. He’ll send me texts all the time and I’ll talk to him a good bit. He’s going to make up his own mind. I’d like to have him back because as miserable as he is, it makes me feel so much better about where I am. (Laughs) No, he’s a good teammate, a good guy to be around.

On what he thinks about Schobel being compared to Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre:

“No, I’m not calling him Brett Favre, but he’s going to take his time making a decision. As if seven months isn’t enough. (laughs)”

On if he thinks people will underestimate their veteran defense:

“I think we have a lot of guys that have played a lot of football. We also have a good defense. We’ve got new responsibilities up front, in the back row, different coverages, different terminology and we have to hit the ground running and build on what we did in OTAs. So I think we can do some good things, I really do. I think we’ll be able to disguise some things, we’ll be able to make some plays because of the schemes we’re running. It’s just a matter of getting comfortable and knowing what you’re going to see and making it happen.”

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