Pittsford (WKBW.com) The Bills worked through their final night practice at St. John Fisher College on Tuesday in what marked the unofficial end of training camp. The team will hold a closed practice on Wednesday morning, but Head Coach Chan Gailey had no problem commenting on what he believes were a productive three weeks at St. John Fisher College.
"Camp was good", said Gailey. "I really think we accomplished a great deal. We were able to evaluate alot of players I think our players got better during this time. Had to fight through some hot days, some rainy days. We had to fight through and it was good for us. "
"I've been coming here for camp since 2005", said Bills Safety George Wilson "I really think this is the most productive camp as a team that we've had overall", Wilson continued.
The Bills will head back to Orchard Park with several positional battles still undecided, including the competition at the back up quarterback spot. Ryan Fitzpatrick and the starters on offense are expected to see around 20 snaps against the Minnesota Vikings then it will be Vince Young working with the second team. Tyler Thigpen will come in third in a scheduled rotation. Thigpen led the second team against Washington.
"They've made it tough (the decision) the whole time. Vince was really behind the eight ball early, but he's come on strong. It's going to be a tough decision for us." , said Gailey
On the injury front two players left practice early. Defensive Tackle Kellen Heard left with an injury to his right leg. Tackle James Carmon left with what's believed to be a wrist injury. Both were scheduled to have x-rays.
Head Coach Chan Gailey
PM Practice – August 14, 2012
On if anyone was dinged up during practice:
We took a couple of guys in for x-rays, (Kellen) Heard and (James) Carmon. We took those two guys in for some x-rays. We will see how those come out.
On what DT Kellen Heard might have injured:
It was his leg. They did not know if it was a knee or ankle, just that it was the outside part of his leg.
On where the offense’s progress with QB Brad Smith:
We are a lot further along as far as how to use him and what we are going to try to do with him. I think we have a chance to have a great little package with him. It is going to be good for us, I believe.
On if he was satisfied with how training camp went:
Camp was good. I really think we accomplished a great deal. We were able to evaluate a lot of players. I think our players got better. During this time, they had to fight through some hot days, some rainy days. They had to fight through it and it was good for us. We got a little get-together tomorrow morning and we will be done.
On if he is closer to decisions in regards to the position battles:
Well we are closer to answers than we were when we started this thing. We’ll see where we need to go after this ball game. We are a lot closer to answers than we were.
On if the starters will get increased reps against Minnesota:
A little bit more. Maybe 20. We tried (against Washington) to go about 15 with them. We will probably go around 20 with those guys (against Minnesota).
On if QB Vince Young will be the backup quarterback against Minnesota:
Yes. He will go second.
On if QB Vince Young and QB Tyler Thigpen are making the number two QB position battle tough:
Yep, they have made it tough the whole time. Vince was really behind the eight-ball early. But he has come on strong. It is going to be a tough decision for us.
On this camp being different than previous ones under the new CBA:
Yeah, it is a little bit different. We can only practice once a day. There is no such thing as a two-a-day anymore. It is a little bit unique but really the reason we are out so early this year is the way the schedule fell. It just fell that way. So it is one of those things that was great for us but it will be good to get home too.
DB Stephon Gilmore
PM Practice – Tuesday, August 14, 2012
On his first NFL camp and practicing very strongly:
I played well and I got better everyday. I have learned so much since I have been here to now, so I think I just have to keep taking it one day at a time and I will be good.
On if he reached his goals in his first camp:
I got better everyday. I would not say I had goals; I just wanted to come out and get better and gain my team’s trust and come out and compete on defense.
On players’ talking about his maturity and his level of play:
I just feel like this is in me. I am here to come out and just compete and play my game. I love playing football and that is what I love to do. My team has got my back and I am happy to be here.
On the spirited workout tonight; is it time to move on and get after other teams?
Yes it is time. I am ready to go against other teams because we have been going against each other and have been wanting to hit each other so it is going to be a good feeling getting hit by other teams and trying to get wins.
On already playing physical with his teammates; will he have the same physicality at games:
Yes I am going to play the same. Every time I step on the field, that is the only way I know how to play is hard, so that is what I am going to do.
S George Wilson
PM Practice – Tuesday, August 14, 2012
On finishing the season strong opposed to starting off hot then dwindling down the stretch:
That is something we have always said since the off-season. It continues to be our mentality. Nobody is going to let off that pedal because we know how we started last year and how we ended the season. And we cannot allow a repeat performance.
On how things went this year at camp:
As a team overall, my first training camp here was ’05, and I can say by far I feel like this was my most productive camp individually. But just seeing where we were as an organization, as a team in the past, to see where we are now I really think this has been our most productive camp as a team overall. It has been a different mentality since day one of our off-season program. We continued to talk about the direction we want to go in when we reported here on July 25. And still to this day guys do not buy into the media hype, the fans hype, because we know that ultimately it is up to us to convert what’s on our roster and what we have on paper onto the playing field. We have to continue to push the envelope and get better and be ready when we take the field in New York on week one.
On how camp works out for the players under the rules of the new CBA:
We love it. That is something we talked about when we first got here and they handed us the weekly schedule. You know anybody who was here under the old collective bargaining agreement and had to go through the dog days of two-a-days, back-to-back two-a-days, knows how valuable those changes have been. For a lot of older players it can allow them to extend their careers. A lot of younger players, it can keep them healthy and keep them healthy longer at a younger age. And so I really think this is going to benefit most of the players and the owners in the long-run, because your money-makers are going to continue to be healthy.