Lynch At Bills Practice Tuesday

July 9, 2010 Updated Jun 15, 2010 at 2:57 PM EDT

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Lynch At Bills Practice Tuesday

July 9, 2010 Updated Jun 15, 2010 at 2:57 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) -- Marshawn Lynch was on the field Tuesday to work out with his Buffalo Bills teammates after missing weeks of voluntary workouts this off-season.

The Bills confirmed that Lynch arrived at the stadium and took part in team workouts.

Lynch has recently been the subject of trade rumors, with reports recently linking him to a possible deal to the Seattle Seahawks.

Lynch spoke to reporters after workouts Tuesday, and we will have full coverage on Eyewitness News throughout the day.

The following is a transcript of Lynch's comments at Organized Team Activities Tuesday:

On getting back to practice:

I feel good. I felt I was away from the team for too long. I missed it so I came back to it.

On what he missed:

I haven’t really been away from just football for that long, just the whole thing. Running into people, catching the ball, running past people, putting my hands on people and roughing people up a little bit. I kind of missed that a little bit.

On why he stayed away:

I was just enjoying my, what they call, offseason. Just enjoying that. Kicking back at home but still getting in the necessary work for me to come back and be able to produce.

On his initial thoughts of Coach Gailey’s offense:

Today was pretty good for the first day. The reps that I took felt pretty good. It feels good to get love from my kids, too (jokingly). Just taking the reps and getting back into it with the guys and learning the different terminology. It’s fun and gives me some excitement, something new to learn. I’m excited about that.

On Coach Gailey’s play-calling history being more committed to the run:

Well, I’m a running back and we think running first. So if that’s the kind of guy he is, I’m all about that.

On if he’s met and talked with Coach Gailey:

Yeah I talked to him a little bit yesterday just to tell him that I was going to be back and let’s get this thing rolling. Well, they already had it rolling, but let me come add my wheel to it.

On if he’d like to be here:

I like to play football. Whether it’s here or if it’s somewhere else, as long as I get to play football, I’m feeling great.

On if he’s down to 215 pounds:

I’m not down to 215 (laughing). I’m comfortable.

On being tired of being portrayed as the bad guy and wanting to let people know that he’s not:

I would like for it to be that way but we live in a world where people are going to make up their minds and have their opinions. Take your opinion, take it how you want to, but I’m going to be me, whether you like it or not. You can say that you don’t like me from a distance, but most people that interact with me, have a different feel. So I take it with a grain of salt.

On if he thinks he can still get a fair shake in Buffalo:

I mean, as long as I get a fair shake inside these lines, that’s all I’m really worried about.

On if there was a point in this offseason where he expressed desire to be traded:

No there wasn’t any expression. But with the way that things were looking it was looking like it was a possibility. If it would’ve happened it would’ve happened, if it didn’t I’m back. I’m here to practice.

Bills First Round Draft Pick C.J. Spiller had the following to say after today's workout:

On RB Marshawn Lynch practicing:

I’m excited about him being here, working with us, being in the running back room, lightening things up and cracking a couple of jokes. It’s always good to have him around.

On each running back having different traits:

I always say I think every running back is very different. They bring something totally different to the game and it’s a good thing to have all three of us on one team. I think we have the best backfield in the NFL with all three of us here. We just have to continue to take it one day at a time and continue building. It’s going to take a team effort to win. You can have all the talent in the world but you still have to have a team. Only teams win Super Bowls.

On what impressed him the most on seeing Lynch practice:

He’s a professional, he knows what he’s doing. It’s not like it’s his first rodeo. So it’s not like he came in rusty or anything. He picked up everything pretty fast and it was exciting having him around.

On if he got the sense that Lynch was happy to be out there:

Oh yea. He had a smile on his face, cracking jokes. I can only speak and see from the outside that it looked like he was happy to be out there running around.

On how he is picking up things:

It’s going real smooth for me. Pretty much everything has slowed down for me. We continue to add new stuff every day. So my main thing is just remembering what we put in so far up until this point and just going out there and doing it.

On how he went about introducing himself to Lynch:

As soon I saw him, I just went up to him. He said his name was Marshawn and I said mine was C.J. So it wasn’t anything like it was mad faces looking at each other. The first thing he said was, “You’re the fast one.” That was my first time introducing myself. That’s just out of respect. He’s the older guy and I’m the rookie coming in. So I made my best to introduce myself.

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