PITTSFORD, NY (WKBW) - The Bills worked out in only shorts and jerseys on Wednesday morning, hitting the field for about a 50 minute walkthrough at St. John Fisher College.
The Bills will kick off their pre-season with a game at the Washington Redskins on Friday night. You can see the game on WKBW-TV with pre-game coverage starting at 7:00pm from FedEx field.
Below are the quotes following the morning session:
RB C.J. Spiller
AM Practice – August 11, 2010
On whether he’s excited about getting back under the lights for the game against Washington:
Any time you can get back on the playing field, get out there and compete again, it’s always great. The main thing is just go out there and give effort, good effort, know what I’m doing, and at that same time just have fun. Don’t go out there and stress about things. Just go out there and just try to win the game.
On whether he thinks the intensity will go up a notch in the first preseason game:
Right, it’s going to go up. It’s a good thing that I came in and I’ve learned a whole lot. Earlier, I took some great notes during OTAs and mini-camps that helped me stay up to par with the offense, and hopefully it’ll pay off on Friday.
On whether he’ll have butterflies in his stomach before the first game:
Every game, you get butterflies. But that’s just normal. If you’re not nervous, then you need to kind of check yourself. I have a [few] butterflies but once the kickoff [happens], I’ll be ready to go.
On how training camp is different from what he experienced in OTAs:
[Players are] closing the hole a whole lot faster. You got to make the proper read and once you see it, you got to just flow through it. In OTAs you really couldn’t get a good feel for that because there were no pads on. But now the pads [have] been on, and everybody’s flying around, so that’s really been a big difference.
On his excitement for this week’s game:
I’m excited. Like I said, anytime you can get back on the playing field and compete and have a chance to win or lose a game, it’s always fun. Of course, I get a little nervous. It’s the first one—you’re supposed to be. But after that, I’ll settle down and be ready to go.
On what he’s been working on in camp:
I’ve been working on everything, pass protection, running, being patient, knowing what I’m doing. I try to work on both my strengths and weaknesses. I just don’t try to pinpoint one thing. I just try to come out every day and get better.
On what he will consider a successful game this week:
Hopefully, it’ll go well. It’s huge, it’s the kickoff to the season, a chance for everybody to kind of see what I can do. Teammates are excited. A successful night is a win, really.
Safety George Wilson
AM Practice – August 11, 2010
On preparing for Friday’s game in Washington:
We’re ready for the dress rehearsal. Pregame routine, how we’re going to work through the limited space in the locker room with the number of guys we have in camp right now. So, right now we need to make sure everybody knows where to be, when to be there and how we’re going to do things as we approach the game. And that goes from everything from travel attire, bus schedule to the airport, the hotel, the meetings. We spend so much more time in the hotel in the preseason than we do in the regular season, so we definitely have a different schedule than we’re accustomed to. So right now, we’re just trying to make sure that everybody has an idea of where to be and how things are going to be conducted as we travel this week.
On what he’s been working on during the past couple days:
The last couple days, I’ve been trying to run to the ball, tag off the ball carrier, because you can’t simulate the game. The way you have to react to something suddenly, get the pulse racing, the anticipation, the anxiety of playing. Just getting back into the groove of things - getting that contact. It’s going to be a different level, a different speed than what we’ve been having out here on the practice field. So this is for rookies, as well as veterans, you have to react to that punishment, to that pain, and fight through it and get plays made when you get those opportunities. So it’s not just for the young guys, it’s for the old guys as well. It’s for this new coaching staff, this will be their first game coaching together. I think all parties involved will be evaluated. We, as players, will definitely be evaluated. And then as a staff and as an organization, we’ll continue to be evaluated on all levels as we move forward.
On Coach Gailey’s plan to evaluate players on how they jell with their units:
Definitely. We have to be able to build that team chemistry, get a feel for how our guys play within the scheme, how our guys play off each other, how different groups communicate, the different code words and signals to one another. So there’s a lot of details to be worked out from game one all the way through game four of the preseason. I think guys expected to play more, not only because of the evaluation process, but also so that guys can become more familiar with the offensive and defensive schemes that are in place at the moment. So guys are definitely approaching it with great attitudes. We’re trying to be the best that we can possibly be and continue to progress and get better each and every week and get ready to start peaking around week one of the regular season.