PITTSFORD, NY (Bills/WKBW) - Below are comments from the Buffalo Bills following their evening practice on August 11, 2010:
Head Coach Chan Gailey
PM Practice – August 11, 2010
On WR Marcus Easley’s injury:
It looks like he’s going to need surgery. I don’t know exactly when that’s going to take place. I think we’ll get a better determination [with] what we’re talking about – long term, short term – after [the surgery].
On if G Eric Wood and T Demetrius Bell will play:
No, they won’t play. [Eric] Wood and Demetrius [Bell] won’t play.
On if T Cornell Green will play:
No, Cornell’s not going to play, and we’ll be down at linebacker. Poz [Paul Posluszny] won’t go. It looks like [Keith] Ellison won’t go – he might – but I don’t think he will.
On the status of WR James Hardy:
No, Hardy’s going to be out for at least a week to 10 days is what it looks like, unless something major happens.
On the injury being tough on WR James Hardy:
That’s tough on him. I feel bad for him. I feel bad for us too, we wanted to get him and get a good look at him. He’s done some good things.
On LB Ryan Manalac:
Manalac’s hurt. He won’t be in the ball game.
On if this is a good chance for a young WR like Naaman Roosevelt to step up:
Yeah. With seven wideouts going in to a ball game, they’re all going to get a good opportunity to play. So, every one of those guys are going to get a bunch of plays. It’s a good opportunity to show what they can do.
On if the team will be trying to acquire additional wide receivers:
I don’t know. We’ll have to see. We’ve got a short week next week, so it’s not like we can go out and do a ton between the next two ball games. We’ll make a decision during the week next week, whether we need to address [the wide out position] for the long term, or not.
On why G Jason Watkins sat out of practice today:
I think he’ll be fine.
On what he would like to take out of Friday night’s game:
Obviously, you want to win. Any time you’ve got your uniform on and they’ve got your name up there on the scoreboard, you want to win. You want to have more points than the other team, but at the same time, you’re mostly trying to evaluate personnel. A lot of players that you have seen on film, you’ve got a lot more players that you haven’t seen on film and that need to line up and play in an NFL game. The guys that have made great strides from their first year to their second year, you need to see them play. So, we’ve got a lot of objectives in this ball game, but the first one, you’d like to win if you can.
On if he’s personally getting excited about this game:
Yeah, I’ve been excited. It doesn’t have to get close to the game for me to be excited about it. I’m excited about it every time we get to play.
QUARTERBACK TRENT EDWARDS
PM Practice – August 11, 2010
On how much he thinks the first offense is going to play on Friday night:
I want to say that we’re going to go the first couple of series. I don’t know the exact amount. I know that Chan [Gailey] has wanted us to get a lot of reps in there because it’s kind of a new system with us. It’s a new offense we’re trying to learn. So, he wants us to get our reps, and to go up against other defenses is valuable experience for us. We need to make sure we’re ready for the Dolphins week one, but I think the Redskins are going to be tough defensively. There might be some carryover between them and the Dolphins. So, we’ve got to be in there and get our reps, learn from our mistakes and hopefully put some points on the board.
On if he’s looking forward to going live with another team and get out of the training camp mode:
Yeah, it’s always fun. I look back to my first game, my first preseason game my rookie year at New Orleans, and I still remember that like it was yesterday. I see these rookies out here that are going to go through the same process I went through. It’s fun to be around experiences like that. You guys don’t get to see, but I’m able to notice that. Being around C.J. Spiller and Naaman Roosevelt, and those guys, there going in for the first time putting on their game jerseys and going up against live action. It’s a lot of fun to see as a fourth year guy.
On if this game is a good way to measure where the team is at:
To be honest, we need to make sure we’re in stride when the season starts. We need to make sure we’re clicking on all cylinders and going in that direction, but there are teams that don’t play well in the preseason. We don’t want to be one of those teams, but there are teams that win the Super Bowl when they go 0-4 in the preseason. So, it’s all about not turning the ball over, not making stupid mistakes and converting on third downs. As cliché as that sounds, that’s what it’s going to come down to. It’s important for us to win the game, like Chan [Gailey] said, and it’s important for us to execute and know our responsibilities.
On if it’s important to get off to a good start and click offensively:
Absolutely. Last year, we weren’t expecting what we went through last year. That’s in the past. I think some guys from last have learned from that and don’t want to go through what we went through. A lot of that had to do with turning the ball over and not converting on third downs. So, we’ve got to be good at that, we’ve got to protect the football and we’ve got to learn from our mistakes, like I said, and just execute soundly.
On if they are going to focus more this because of all the injuries:
I think, at the end of the game, Chan’s [Gailey] probably not going to be looking at the scoreboard, but he still wants to win. He’ll be more focused on mechanics and making sure everyone’s fundamentally sound, doing their assignments and understands their responsibility. I think that’s the most critical thing here in the preseason, seeing guys on tape do what their supposed to do on a consistent basis. It’s different once the lights are on. It’s different when you’re going up against live action and hopefully guys will respond the way they need to.
RB C.J. Spiller
PM Practice – August 11, 2010
On how much playing time he thinks he’ll get in Friday’s game:
I don’t really know how much playing time I’m going to [get]. I just got to be ready whenever I’m called. Like I said, I just got to know what I’m doing and however many snaps I get I just got to go out there and make sure I’m giving good effort.
On whether he’s excited for the game:
Oh yeah. Of course it’s going to be exciting, not just for me, but for the whole team. It’s really the kickoff to our season. Both teams come into the game with a new coaching staff. I’m pretty sure there’ll be a lot of adrenaline flowing, but hopefully it’ll be a good game.
On whether he’s comfortable with what he’s learned this week:
I feel really comfortable. The good thing is, I took great notes back during OTAs and mini-camps, and it kind of help me out so I didn’t fall back too far behind.
WR Naaman Roosevelt
PM Practice – August 11, 2010
On whether he views Friday’s game as an opportunity to show what he can do:
Oh, it’s a definitely an opportunity. [Coach Chan Gailey] has given us all the chances in the world in practice, and he just wants us to perform in a game. That’s all I want to do, is perform.
On whether he’s fulfilling his dreams playing for the Bills being a Buffalo native:
It definitely is. It’s kind of unreal. I was just thinking about it. We were in the meetings, and we were watching Washington film and stuff like that, and it really just hit me that I’m really part of the Buffalo Bills and there’s a game Friday. It’s just exciting.
On whether he’ll be nervous for the game:
Yeah, definitely nervous. Nervous, excited. I’m nervous for every game, but after the first play and the first hit I get in already and my mind’s off that. I’m just ready to play football after that.
On whether he’s excited to get in a lot of plays giving the number of receivers out:
Oh, definitely. You know, the coaches told us we’re playing receiver, all special teams. We’re just excited, just want to get out there and show what we can do and show that we can play on this level.
LB AARON MAYBIN
PM PRACTICE – Aug. 11
On if the team is excited about playing on Friday night:
Yeah, most definitely. I think everybody in camp, around this time, we’re right in the middle of the grind so I think guys are feeling it a little bit. They’re going to be excited and anxious about getting out there and hitting somebody with some other color jersey on.
On if he’s looking forward to playing in his new position:
Without question. I look forward to every chance I get to put a helmet on so I think a game is always big for me.
On being able to measure the team’s progress after Friday’s game:
It’s definitely a measuring stick for us, and definitely for me personally. It’s one thing to gauge your performance against your teammates, but they see certain things and certain things that are schemed in practice. But in a game, having a chance to go against another team, you’re definitely going to get some looks that you haven’t seen before, go against some guys that don’t know your technique. It’s going to be good to be able to gauge our performance against another team.
On how he’s developing in the new position:
I feel like I’m good. Me and my coaching staff, and the other coaches, we all feel comfortable. We basically wanted to come into this season wanting to develop three or four small things and make sure that those things that I was executing to perfection. I think we’re getting to that point now where I’m as comfortable as I’ve ever been with those things. So I feel as though, coming into the season, I‘ve got a good arsenal to have under my system.
S George Wilson
PM Practice – August 11, 2010
On how he thinks the new guys are feeling about Friday’s game:
…Lot of thoughts, emotions racing. A lot of anxiety, a lot of anticipation of what the expectations are going to be on the game field, what the conditions are going to be like. Lining up possibly against guys that they’ve grown up watching in some instances. It’s a whole bunch of mixed emotions going through. I know when I was going to my first game there were a lot of butterflies because you didn’t know what to expect. The way that I calmed myself down was that I told myself I’ve been working too long and too hard to get to this moment to allow a few butterflies to get in the way of me seizing that moment and that opportunity. That would be what advice I would tell those guys. I’m sure I’ll be able to get a few smiles and be able to reminisce when I see the expressions on their faces when they walk into the locker rooms and see their names on the back of their jerseys for the very first time. That’s a special moment for young man who’s been working diligently day in and day out from their childhood to get to this moment. Just being able to see guys experience that and have that moment to themselves is just encouraging for me. You have young guys coming in each and every year and jockeying for jobs and positions on the team. I definitely like sitting back and watching those guys have their moment and sharing it with them.
On whether he looks forward to getting in a real game:
Definitely. We’ve been going against each other since OTAs back in Orchard Park. Now, we’ve been in pads just about each and every day here in practice. We’ve been hitting each other, same color helmet, same color jersey, day in and day out. On Friday we get an opportunity to match up against another team and really get the true test and measure of us as a team in all phases—offensive, defensive, special teams. So it’ll be a great first step.
On whether as a veteran it’s exciting to play a new style defense:
It’s definitely something to look forward to. It’s definitely going to be challenging. It’s going to be the first time running this system in game-like conditions. But we’ve been preparing for this moment since March 29. Guys are definitely looking forward to seeing how we come together as a unit, being able to play off of each other, the pass rush with the pass coverage, trying to follow up on the performance we had last year versus the passing game, and then stepping up to the challenge of filling those gaps that we left open in the run game as well. As veterans and guys coming back from last year’s team, we have a lot that we have to go learn from and remember the good with the bad and try to progress even more this year enough to get us into the playoffs.
On the importance of getting a lot of reps going into the first game:
I think our plan going into the preseason is most guys expect to be out there on the field a little bit more than normal just because we’re not only being evaluated by the coaching staff; we’re installing and implementing a new offensive and defensive schemes, so it’s going to take time to get guys those reps and get guys in those different situations that arise throughout the course of the game, give guys different chances to play the different techniques and leverages and concepts that this defense calls for. So it’s going to take a little bit more time, a few more extra plays, to get a good sound evaluation of all the guys on this team.