Pittsford (WKBW.com) The lights were on, and the stands were full for the first night practice of training camp on Friday night. While the defense got the better of things at Growney Stadium, Trent Edwards was on target during 7-on-7 passing drills. His best pass of the night was a throw down the middle to to tight end Jonathan Stupar.
Western New York native, and former UB standout Naaman Roosevelt got his feet wet under the lights in Pittsford on Friday. Roosevelt made a couple of nice catches under the lights, as the undrafted wide receiver continues to get used to life at training camp.
The Bills made a roster move before practice, signing free agent linebacker Donovan Woods. Woods has appeared in 6 games in his career. The Oklahoma State product split time in Pittsburgh and Dallas in 2009. Woods had an interception in his first practice during 7-on-7 drills.
On the injury front DE Spencer Johnson left practice early.
"He sustained a bit of an injury and again, I think that’s one of those few days or a week at the most hopefully type deals. That’s what you hope." said Gailey following practice.
Below are Bills quotes following their first night practice of Training Camp 2010:
LINEBACKER DONOVAN WOODS
PM Practice – July 30, 2010
On being comfortable with the 3-4 defense:
Every team that I’ve went to has been playing a 3-4, so that’s kind of been a good thing for me. I’m just trying to pick things up as fast as I can.
On adjusting to a new team’s system:
The language is different. I’m just trying to pick it up. The concepts and stuff are pretty much the same, but I’m just trying to pick it up and trying to earn a job.
On his lack of reps during his first practice:
I understand [that] I’m just coming in. Guys have been here working, and they’re doing a heck of a job. I’m just looking forward to getting there where I fit in and trying to make an impact.
On his successful pick during practice:
It’s good to get noticed in a good way and it’s definitely better than the alternative, getting noticed in a bad way.
Quarterback Trent Edwards
PM Practice – July 30, 2010
On how he felt during the evening practice:
It’s coming back to me pretty quickly. I feel like I’m kind of getting in a rhythm with these guys and my mechanics are getting to where they need to be. But I’m about that perfectionist mindset where I still need to fix some things here and there. I feel like I’m improving each day and that’s all I can ask for.
On his thoughts about staying after practice to get in more work:
I did. I like these young guys a lot here. I said that to you guys back in OTA’s. I feel like all of them have potential. I’ll be playing with them in the preseason, so if I can get on the same page with them and they can make some plays for me in the preseason, that’s only going to help our team out more.
On the progress of rookie WR Naaman Roosevelt:
You know what I like about Naaman, he’s having fun out here. He’s a guy that always has a smile on his face. He makes his mistakes, but he makes big plays. It’s fun being around guys like that who enjoy playing football and it kind of rubs off on you. I enjoy throwing to him, I enjoy having him as a teammate and I’m hoping for big things out of him.
On reaching for perfection and having fun at the same time:
I’m emphasizing that this season. I feel like I kind of lost that luster in the past couple years. I’ve been through anything I’m going to go through in the future. It’s not like anything can’t phase me in the future, but I have resorted back to my rookie year where it’s just [trying to] have some fun, throw the football around, go through your reads and the rest will take care of itself.
HEAD COACH CHAN GAILEY
PM Practice – July 30, 2010
On his first night practice at St. John Fisher:
We had a great crowd. The execution was there more on defense than it was on offense tonight. You like to see the excitement, but you have to treat it like another practice.
On the offense during the morning practice:
I thought we did some good things this morning. You never walk off the field happy, that’s part of the job. Somebody normally comes out ahead in each practice. What you hope is that it evens out over the course of training camp and that you feel good about the whole thing when you come out of it.
On if he talked to the team about the scuffle during the morning practice:
No, I didn’t talk about it. That’s part of football. If you’ve got passion about the game, it’s going to come out. Sometimes it comes out the wrong way. If it becomes an issue then you have to talk about it because it becomes an issue for a ball game and you don’t want it to show up in a ball game.
On the pass rush during practice:
I thought our guys rushed the passer pretty well. They got off on the ball better tonight than they have before. I thought there was some quickness. I have to watch the tape, I hate to single out people but I thought there were some good things.
On if he likes to see scuffles during practice:
Do I like to see it? I don’t think I would say I like to see it. I think it’s part of the game. I’ve been in them and everybody who’s played the game has been in them. So it just comes with the territory. But if it becomes an issue, then you have to address it.
On the status of LB Keith Ellison’s injury:
It should be short term. We’re hoping to have him back sometime next week.
On if there’s any progress with LB Chris Kelsay:
Nope, about the same. It’ll be short term as well.
On DE Spencer Johnson coming off the field during practice:
Yeah, he did. He sustained a bit of an injury and again, I think that’s one of those few days or a week at the most hopefully type deals. That’s what you hope.
On the team’s strong kicking and punting game:
Our kicking game is in solid hands. We were very fortunate. I was very fortunate and our staff was very fortunate to inherit two very, very good kickers [K Rian Lindell and P Brian Moorman] in this league. So it’s very comforting to know that.
On P Brian Moorman having to punt in tough conditions:
It’s very difficult. Just look at how much turnover there is in this league at that position and you’ll know how tough it is. He has been consistently very good, year in and year out.
On the atmosphere in the stadium:
It was great. It was good and it gives the guys a little more energy, that’s good for us. You find out who can play when the lights are on and the crowd is on your back a little bit. That’s good for us.