Pittsford (WKBW.com) The Buffalo Bills hit the field for the teams second night practice of Training Camp on Monday. The Bills focused on the red-zone for much of the practice, in a workout that head coach Chan Gailey called "ok". Gailey revealed on Monday that two members of the Bills 2010 draft class are battling injuries. OT Ed Wang missed both workouts on Monday, Gailey says he may need surgery. Also ailing is 6th round pick LB Danny Batten. See below for quotes from Monday's night practice. The Bills get back on the field for a single workout on Tuesday at 3:00pm.
Head Coach Chan Gailey
PM Practice – August 2, 2010
On his thoughts about the decision to move forward without LB Aaron Schobel:
Buddy [Nix] and I have talked, and I can’t really add any more to what Buddy said about things. I think he said it very well. There’s really nothing else to say. We’re excited about who’s here and we’re excited about working with this football team.
On when that decision was made:
It has just happened over time. It’s not like it was a spur of the moment type thing. It’s happened over time and you have to think of all the scenarios, and Buddy’s good about that. He thinks about all of the scenarios.
On how he would characterize tonight’s practice:
OK. It was OK. We did some good things and we did some things that were kind of dumb, but that’s part of practice. You’ve got to eliminate the dumb stuff and keep building on the good stuff. I thought there was a lot of give and take – some good plays by [the] offense, some good plays by [the] defense. It very seldom works out that way but that’s the way it happened tonight.
On how much the injuries are tampering with the continuity of the team:
You would love to have your first group together the whole time through camp and that would be ideal, but that doesn’t happen. That’s part of it as well. The one thing you say as a football coach, it’s a great opportunity for some of those guys to get more playing time and to show what they can do. There are some guys that work really hard in the offseason to trim down a little bit and to work on their footwork and get in their playbook. They came to camp ready to compete. It’s good to see some of those guys do that.
On if practice was designed to be shorter or not:
All we did was not do the walk through. That’s all we didn’t do. We just knocked the walk through off from earlier tonight. We normally go a little over an hour and a half. That’s normally what we go.
On the injury update of LB Danny Batten:
Danny hit his shoulder and it’s a fairly significant injury. We’re going to have to look and see how long that takes for him to get back.
On the injury status of T Ed Wang:
Ed’s got something that they may have to operate on. It might take him out for quite a few weeks, so we’ll have to wait and see what the doctors say about that. That decision will be made tomorrow.
On if it’s related to his previous injury:
No, it’s not.
On what he saw in the red zone segments of practice:
Well, we had worked on it a little bit in OTA’s and mini-camp. This was a refresher course so to speak, and that’s probably why you saw some wide open things and some ugly throws, because there was a lot of junk going on, on both sides trying to remember what to do on offense and on defense. It was a great introduction to red zone. We’ve got to get started on it. Two minute [drill] comes in a day or two, and those are two big parts of offense.
On if T Ed Wang got hurt in practice:
Yes, Ed got hurt in practice. It was yesterday or the day before. I can’t remember.
On if there is anything significant with T Cordaro Howard’s injury:
He got his bell rung and we’re being very precautious with that.
WR LEE EVANS
PM Practice- August 2, 2010
On spending a lot of time practicing in the red zone:
We know how important it is. It’s probably something that we’ll try to hit on at least every day. We’ve concentrated on it a lot in OTAs. We get down there a lot. The offenses that can score points, score touchdowns on there are usually the good ones, so we have to be able to pull our weight down there.
On having a lot of young guys around him at wide receiver:
That doesn’t change [anything] for me. You have to get guys up to speed, learning how to play the game, what to expect. What it’s going to boil down to is just them stepping up to make plays. Right now we have a good competition for that position. Guys are fighting and trying to figure it out, so we’ll just have to let that play out.
On the competition so far at WR:
I think Steve [Johnson] has the most experience right now. He understands a little more. But some of the younger guys are very talented as well. [I’m] trying to help them understand, to get better at something every day. Coming out here, understanding the offense is the biggest part. Once they understand the plays, then they can play a lot faster.
On the importance of getting another long-term number two wide receiver:
It is important, but it’s also important at a lot of other positions as well. That’s not the only position that’s been like that. I think that’ll come into a zone, guys will step up and really show who they are. If the coaches deem that they want them to stay here, then that’ll take care of itself. But right now, we’re just all working. Everybody’s working together, trying to get something done and build something to take a step off of.
On WR Roscoe Parrish:
You have to give him the ball. You have to find ways to give him the ball because he’s very dynamic with the ball. The more we can keep him involved, keep him on the field, defenses have to honor him and they know that. We have to find ways to try to keep him on the field, get him in the space and let him do what he [does].
On Coach Gailey’s focus on the red zone offense:
For one, we’ve practiced it a lot more than we have in the past. That’s one thing. He knows and he understands what it takes to get things done in the red zone. Not that other people haven’t, but he really harps on it. He really focuses on it. When it comes to installing that, he’s doing it, nobody else. That just shows his commitment to the red zone and how important it is.
QUARTERBACK BRIAN BROHM
PM PRACTICE – August 2, 2010
On tonight’s practice:
This is our first day installing the red zone so obviously you’re going to expect a few things here and there that you need to work on and get better at. Overall, I feel like we did a pretty good job.
On if he’s happy with the amount of reps he’s getting in practice:
You always want the most reps that you can get but I feel like I’m getting enough reps to get the job done and to fully understand the offense. So right now I’m feeling very comfortable with what we’ve put in.
On his performance so far during camp:
I think so far I’ve been doing pretty good. There are a few things here and there that I need to improve upon. But you talk about overall aspect, I think I’ve done well.
On how the new offense will try to remedy the poor red zone play of the team:
Anytime you’re in the red zone there’s always some special plays you’re going to run against certain teams so week-by-week it’s going to be a little bit different. But we definitely put a big focus on it.
On if he’s becoming more comfortable at the position:
I’m feeling very comfortable with where I’m at, understanding the offense right now. There are areas where I need to get better at, but I’m feeling good about where I’m at.
On playing in front of the fans:
For us as quarterbacks, it’s almost always kind of like full go. You’re never going to get that full contact experience until you’re at the game time. But just to be out here in front of fans, under the lights, I think it gets you used to that aspect of the game and kind of what it’s going to be like when you’re out there on Sundays.
On WR James Hardy:
I think our receivers are doing a great job. James, in particular, is a tall guy who works hard and has a lot of talent. He’s busting his butt out there and he’s getting better every day.