PITTSFORD, NY (Bills/WKBW) - Below are comments from the Buffalo Bills following Sunday's practice:
RUNNING BACK MARSHAWN LYNCH
Practice – August 1, 2010
On if he’s getting enough reps in practice:
I’m getting a fair share.
On his definition of a fair share:
I’m sweating. (laughter)
On if the reps are enough for him:
Yes sir. I’m good. I just get it in when I can, where I can.
On his thoughts about the physical nature of camp:
This is what they call football, so this comes with the game. It’s just another phase of it.
On if it feels good to do some hitting and play live contact:
Yeah, every day in practice we get to bang a little bit. It’s no different. It’s the same.
On if he wants a bigger role than the role he had in last years’ offense:
Actually, they’re professionals at what they do too. I’m going to leave that to them and I’m going to come and give what I’ve got every day. Whether it gets me on the field, whether I’m playing the same role or they have me doing more, I’m cool with that.
On his thoughts about unsigned rookie RB C.J Spiller:
That boy is fast. It’s unlimited to what you can expect from him. I just can’t wait to get him here, get him to come be a part of this.
On if he thinks Spiller is missing much by not being at training camp:
He was here through OTA’s and mini-camps. So, he’s pretty caught up with the offense and he’s a smart kid. I don’t feel he’s missing too much, [just] probably the banging and the NFL hitting, but he’s a ‘baller’ so I know he’ll adjust to that real quick.
CENTER GEOFF HANGARTNER
Practice – August 1, 2010
On the reason for the offensive line wearing knee braces this year:
I don’t know if it’s so much from injuries last year. I just know it’s something that Joe [D’Alessandris] believes in and he’s used for a lot of years and had a lot of success with his guys who have worn them. He really thinks it prevents injuries. I don’t know the studies or the science behind it, but if he believes it helps then we’re going to do it.
On the goal line segment at the end of practice:
It’s fun. We all know it’s coming all day. It wasn’t that long. I was only in there for three plays. It was three plays for every group. But it’s fun to get down there. You’re tired, it was a pretty warm day out here today and it’s fun to get down there and compete and play some real football for a few snaps
On the goal line segment:
There was some hootin’ and hollerin’ down there. Guys were getting excited. Not that practice isn’t competitive, but that’s as competitive as we can get down here, getting to the goal line and full-go tackling, cutting - real football.
On whether he’ll wear the knee brace for the first game:
It’ll be a surprise for the first game. You guys come to find out (jokingly).
On the run game:
I think the guys have been doing a great job. Marshawn [Lynch] and Freddy [Jackson], obviously, we know that they’re really good runners. Chad [Jackson] and Joique [Bell], you see some bursts from those guys and they do some really good things. That’s kind of surprised me because I knew what Marshawn and Fred could do and will do, and it’s nice to see some other guys doing something and it’ll be really interesting when we get C.J. [Spiller] here and see what he brings to the pack. He’s fast. I remember that from the spring. We’ll see where he fits into the mix when he gets here.
On RG Eric Wood and LT Demetrius Bell coming back from injuries:
Right now, they’re kind of working to get fully healthy. Both of them have taken limited reps here and there. Eric took the day off today, which he needed to do for his leg. He kind of beat it up and then let it heal up, and he’ll beat it up and it’ll keep getting stronger and stronger. Those guys have a lot of experience that they didn’t have last year. Last year, those guys had never played in an NFL game. We [were] going to New England for a Monday night game, and they [had] never taken an NFL snap. I think just the experience will take them a long way. They know what they need to do to prepare, how to deal with some of the off-the-field stuff that you have to deal with, and I think [they’ll have] less distractions and more knowledge, which I think is going to make them much better football players.
CORNERBACK REGGIE CORNER
Practice – August 1, 2010
On causing turnovers being a strength of the defense:
Turnovers are always going to be the key to success. Whoever gets the most turnovers usually wins the game. That’s something that we really focus [on] and strive for as a defense.
On trying to reach the level of play that FS Jairus Byrd exemplified last season:
It’s definitely a level you want to reach. Jairus is a great athlete, a great person and he made great plays last year. As long as we get them [turnovers], I’m happy, regardless of whoever gets them.
On the physical nature of training camp thus far:
I’m great with it, it’s football. That’s what it’s supposed to be [like]. It’s tough, competitive…Whoever lasts the longest is going to win the game. That’s what we’re preparing for and that’s how coach is training us right now.
On his thoughts about the new 3-4 defense:
It’s great. The D-line is great. They’re getting great pressure. The linebackers are definitely getting back in their drops like they’re supposed to be. We’re just coming together as a whole defense. It’s definitely beneficial to the secondary.
On if he’s OK with practicing in pads and the intensity of practice:
I don’t mind. I’m all about getting better. Whatever is going to get us better as a defense, I’m with it. The intensity always has to be there [with] the team, as a whole. As you can see, it’s there and I feel it’s definitely getting us better.
On if he likes practicing live, full contact in goal line situations:
Definitely. You’ve got the big guys in there the majority of the time. It’s real competitive at that goal line. Usually the tough man is going to win that one, offense or defense.
On getting the upper hand in the one-on-one drills against the wide receivers:
It goes both ways. We’re always going back and forth competing, offensively and defensively, as wide outs and DB’s. Sometimes they make catches and get the best of things, and sometimes DB’s get the upper hand. It goes back and forth. As long as we compete then I’m good with it.