PITTSFORD, NY (Bills/WKBW) - Below are comments from the Buffalo Bills following Saturday's practice:
TE Shawn Nelson
Practice- August 7, 2010
On getting more action in practice and liking scene routes:
Actually, we’ve been running [scene routes] for two weeks and we’ve been wide open. Today was the first time they hit a tight end on a scene route, so I’m pretty excited about that. I just want to be a part of the offense and get more involved in the offense, just help the team win some games.
On whether he feels the timing is working out with rotating quarterbacks:
I kind of felt that last year too. I got some balls thrown to me by different quarterbacks last year as well as this year. I don’t know what the quarterback situation is, but whoever gets the starting job, I believe all of them are doing a good job right now. That playbook’s heavy. Everybody looks like they know what they’re doing. I’m very excited about it, whoever the quarterback will be. I’m more than happy. It’ll be someone the coaches believe in. If it’s not, then it’ll be a backup. But like I said, all the quarterbacks are doing a fine job. Even Levi Brown, he stepped it up a lot since OTAs, so I’m very excited about the situation.
On sharpening up his technique with TE Coach Bob Bicknell:
His big thing is just coaching technique. If that’s my only weakness, my only problem, then that’s a good thing for me. [It’s good] if it’s not running the correct route or making a correct block. It’s just technique, that’s just a small thing you can work on. You can always get better. It’s just simple things like taking your first steps with the left foot or right foot, small things like that. It’s nothing big.
On his goals for his second season:
I didn’t feel like a rookie last year. This year, I just want to make it through the season without any injuries and get more completions. As a personal goal, I want to make the Pro Bowl. But first and foremost, like I said, I want to help the team win some games and make the playoffs, and hopefully go to the Super Bowl.
On whether he got frustrated with his injuries last year:
Life doesn’t go the way you want it to. You have to just roll with the punches and accept things as they come to you. That’s one thing that my grandmother taught me. You can’t map out your life. You have to take it as it comes. That’s my big thing. I wasn’t really too concerned about it. Of course I wanted things to go a certain way. But I knew coming into this ball game it’s a football field full of talent. A lot of guys know what they’re doing. [They’re] bigger and faster and stronger. I just wanted to come out and do what my coaches ask me to do and apply what I know I can do to that and just bring it out there on the field and try to be successful.
Safety Jairus Byrd
PRACTICE – August 7
On how the secondary is coming together:
I think we’re jelling pretty good right now. We’re still making mistakes out there, but for the most part, we’re making more plays than we are mistakes.
On if he’s looking forward to the day off:
Oh man, I’m really looking forward to this. I think we’ve worked really hard. This is the hardest camp, from what I’ve heard from a lot of guys that they’ve been in for a while. So everyone is looking forward to this day off just to get their legs back under them.
On what he’s going to do on the day off:
Just rest and try to get off your feet and just get ready. We have a game in a couple days so we’re just trying to get ready, get our legs back so we can get ready for the season.
On if he thinks about his success last season this year:
I think right now, things last year are kind of like distractions now. Everybody, of course, is going to come up and be brought up, but right now my focus, my thoughts, everything is going towards this year and getting us into the playoffs and just getting better as a football player.
On how he’s adapting to the new defensive system:
It’s coming along pretty good. I really like Coach Edwards and everything that he’s implemented in the defense, just as a person and as a coach. Just as he goes about it and his demeanor is really cool.
On if he thinks the defense is ahead of the offense because of all the big defensive plays so far in camp:
I don’t know, that’s hard to say. It could be a lot of things, just timing. I’m not in the offensive room so I don’t know what’s going on and only Coach Gailey pretty much knows that and the offensive players. Defensively, we’re just trying to take care of our part. I know we’re being taught and we’re trying to execute it.
On if he liked switching to live plays at the end of practice:
Yeah, anytime you can get some live action in there and just get those pads going and the live hitting is good just to get you back in the swing of things.
On if he feels more comfortable because he’s getting more reps than he did last year:
The more reps you get, the more comfortable you’re going to feel. So I think that by me getting more reps and things like that, it’s going to allow me to feel more comfortable just in the new defense that we’ve put in and in the game as well.
LINEBACKER KAWIKA MITCHELL
Practice – August 7, 2010
On having a day off tomorrow:
Well, 13 practices, all pads, that’s not too bad or not too hard I don’t I think. It’s nice to get a day off and enjoy my family while they’re in town and get away from football for about 18 hours.
On going live at the end of practice:
It allows us to compete and gives us a good feeling of what the game’s really like. Certain teams, certain head coaches don’t believe in live situations, but I think it’s good to get in there and get a feeling for hitting somebody the way you’re supposed to be doing it in the game. I enjoy it.
On if this training camp has been tough:
Surprisingly, we’ve been in full pads every day, and it hasn’t been crazy to be honest. Obviously, it’s hard sometimes more than others, but for the most part I think it’s been a good camp.
On the adjustment playing in a 3-4 defense:
It’s been going great. Coach [George] Edwards does a great job of teaching us, so he makes it real simple for us to pick up. It’s good to have Andra [Davis] with us. He’s had a lot of experience in this defense, so he adds a lot to it. It hasn’t been that bad, it’s been great.
On if he’s been picking LB Andra Davis’ brain on the 3-4:
We go back and forth. We have a lot of different experiences together. We sort of help each other in different situations, but it’s been nice having somebody around like that.
On if he’s 100 percent:
Yeah, I’m feeling great right now. We’re just trying to be safe with it. We don’t want to try to over work it too soon. Thankfully, I’m fortunate enough that the coaches see me as a guy that can afford to take a day off and not lose a beat when I get back. That’s been nice having them take care of me like that.
Head Coach Chan Gailey
PRACTICE – August 7
On T Cornell Green:
“Just tweaks- precautionary. It looks minor and I’m hoping he’ll be back very soon.”
On NT Kyle Williams coming back to practice:
“You can’t keep him out. It’s hard to keep Kyle out.”
On there not being practice tomorrow:
“I didn’t know it was a day off for me. We don’t have practice, no, but it’s not a day off.”
On if the players need a day off:
“Yeah, they’ve worked hard. We come out here every other day, twice a day and they’ve worked hard. They need a day off, they do need a day off. We don’t come out here and mess around, we go to work and they get off the field. I’m not trying to be out here two and a half, three and a half hours. We go to work, get our job done and get off the field. They’ve done a good job of that.”
On going to live plays at the end of practice:
I’m not trying to get intensity up, even though that’s what happens when you go live. It’s just you better have been live somewhere before you line up next Friday night. That was the last time we’ll be truly live before we get to next Friday night.
On what he’ll be doing for tomorrow’s day off:
Breakdown some film, do some game planning for this weekend and get ready for practice next week.
On what he told the players to do on their day off:
Take the day off, get some rest, take care of your body, be smart and drive careful.