PITTSFORD, NY (WKBW) - The following are quotes from Buffalo Bills players following the morning practice on Monday, August 9.
QB Trent Edwards
AM Practice – August 9, 2010
On having success connecting with WR Lee Evans on long passes in practice:
[The long passes] always stick out in your head. Those are the hardest ones to connect on. Obviously, they’re the furthest down the field and they’re the hardest to be accurate with. But you guys know as well as I do that Lee’s one of the best go-ball route runners in this league, I feel like. He runs them down, he pins the guy, he gets open down field. We just have to protect. I got to be able to let it fly. I got to be accurate with it. It just takes a little while for it to develop. You’re going to miss some. Sometimes you’ll look really bad and other times you’ll look really good. You just got to take the good with the bad on that.
On whether he likes what he’s seen out of RB C.J. Spiller:
I do. I like the fact that he’s hungry. I feel like we need—I’m not going to say we need more guys like that, but we need a guy that’s hungry to be out here, in his playbook, running his routes hard, running the ball hard, and other guys see that and notice that and feed off that too.
On whether he has been thinking about the different things he can do with Spiller in the backfield:
Yeah, and I think Chan [Gailey] is starting to realize that too. I think Chan and [Offensive Coordinator] Curtis [Modkins] have a good idea of what we want to do with him, how we want to use him. We can’t forget we have Marshawn [Lynch] and Fred [Jackson] also, we so have to be balanced with how we’re getting them the ball. They’re going to get some tough yardage for us and keep us in manageable down and distances. We just got to be able to hit those holes, block for them, and get them the ball out of the backfield too.
On whether he thinks he’s where he needs to be at this point in camp:
I don’t know. If you ask me that question at the same time at camp every year, I’m still a perfectionist. I’m still a guy that’s maybe a little bit too negative, that I’m always focusing on the ones that I missed. That’s going to keep me up at night, but I feel like that’s what’s going to make me a better and stronger football player. I got to be able to fight back. So to answer your question, I’m not where I need to be. Am I going in the right direction? Yes, but I still have a long way to go.
On what he hopes to get out of the first preseason game against Washington this Friday:
I don’t want to talk about last year again, but I feel like last year’s preseason was horrible. I’d say that right now, that we didn’t do what we needed to do. We weren’t in rhythm. I thought [when] we played our first two games of the season last year, [it was] one of our better games of the season. So we somehow were able to flip the switch there. I don’t know how. We got to come out and be efficient. We got to come out and [have] no stupid penalties, no mistakes. I know a lot of these young guys are putting on their game jerseys and playing under the lights for the first time, and I was there at one point. But we still have to go back to basics and go back to fundamentals. I think if you asked Chan that same question, he’d say that same thing. We need to be able to be mentally and physically strong and fundamentally sound.
RB C.J. Spiller
AM Practice – August 9, 2010
On how he is feeling thus far with a few practices under his belt:
I feel pretty good. Everything is starting to come back to me and be fresh in my mind. So, [I’m] just coming out here and trying to compete and just get better.
On if he likes the way he sees his role starting to develop:
Anything that I can [do] to help this team win, that’s what I’m going to be willing to do. Of course, anytime a running back can do more, he becomes more dangerous to the team. Fortunate for us, we’ve got…Everybody in that room is versatile, not just me. Sometimes, Fred [Jackson] will be out there, Marshawn [Lynch] will be out there, so that’s going to help this offense. That’s going to put a lot of playmakers on the field.
On if he picked up the offense as quickly as he thought he would:
Well, I took some good notes in the spring. When I was sitting out, I would just study my notes everyday so I wouldn’t get behind. It definitely benefited me. So, there’s a couple new things that we did that I had to catch up on, but I had a great meeting yesterday catching up and hopefully I can continue to build.
On getting reps with the first offense:
Well, I haven’t been going in there [with the first team]. Fred [Jackson] always starts us off. I just go in there and we divide up who is going to get what plays. If I happen to start off, the other guys are going to get reps. You just have to be ready when your number is called, and that’s the thing that I’m trying to do.
On if he is looking forward to Friday night versus the Redskins:
I’m looking forward to a whole lot, but I’ve just got to take it one day at a time and continue to get better. Come Friday, I think everybody is going to be excited and that’s going to be the start of our season. We’re going to be ready to go.
LINEBACKER PAUL POSLUSZNY
AM Practice – August 9, 2010
On how it felt to get back out to practice with pads on:
It felt good just to be out there running around with the guys. I didn’t do much, just some individuals and some seven-on-seven, but it felt good just to see some routes develop, react a little bit and see the world through a facemask again. It felt good to be back out there.
On how his re-calling [audible] skills were:
Solid. I’ve got some work to do, but the good thing is – the guys out there – as long as we’re talking a lot everybody will be on the same page. I definitely have some work to do mentally and physically. Physically, I’m not there yet but I’m getting closer and closer.
On if he has the green light to play Friday night against the Redskins:
I am not sure. They haven’t told me. I’ve got a long way to go. I’ve got to get some contact. I have to hit, tackle, so if I continue to progress well that might be a possibility. But they haven’t told me one way or the other.
On how his injured groin is feeling:
It feels good, it feels good. It’s getting close to 100 percent. It’s not there yet, but I can still move around. I can still do some things. So, I’m getting close. I’m getting better.