PITTSFORD, NY (WKBW) - Here are some quotes from the Buffalo Bills after Friday's morning workout.
Running Back Fred Jackson
AM Practice – August 6, 2010
On if he thinks rookie RB C.J Spiller can come in and play right away:
As long as you’re in your playbook, you’ll definitely be able to come right in and pick up where he left off in OTA’s and mini-camp. I’ve talked to him. He’s been in his playbook and all the notes he took, so I expect him to come right in and get in the mix of things.
On having three solid running backs with Lynch, Spiller and himself:
It’s just going to help us. It’s going to keep us fresh. The more people we’re going to have taking reps, the less pounding you’re going to take at training camp. I’m excited about that and look forward to him getting here.
On if he has mixed emotions in terms of sharing carries with the running backs:
Well, you can’t look at it like that. It’s a business. They do what they’ve got to do and I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do. I’m going to come out here, and the reps I do get, I’m going to take care of them and continue to try and make plays when I get out there.
On if he has to prove himself this year with the drafting Spiller:
It’s something that I’ve always faced, so I’m going to continue to do what I can every time I touch the field and continue to try and make plays whenever they entrust me with the ball. I won’t look at it any different than going out any other day of the week.
Safety Jairus Byrd
Practice – August 6, 2010
On what he wants to do this season:
Just to get better. Working hard, just getting with the coach, learning the details of the actual safety position and ways that I can improve and take another step.
On if his interceptions come from luck or studying the opponent:
I think it’s a little bit of both. A lot of picks last year were just tipped balls here and there. Before a game, I just study jumping routes and route combinations, what teams like to do, and where they like to throw the ball and attack.
On if the majority of his interceptions last year came from luck or studying:
A majority of them were being at the right place at the right time. That’s just how the game goes. But you can’t just discredit effort and running to the ball and being where you’re supposed to be. This year, like I said, I’m trying to just take another step in overall knowledge of the game and do route combinations and jump routes and things like that.
On if the new 3-4 defense changes anything at the safety position:
Things are pretty similar. You’re just asked to do a lot more interchangeable things at the safety position. But as far as the back four, things are pretty much the same.
On if he feels pressure to surpass his interception total from last season:
Not really, I don’t feel any pressure. People probably put pressure on me, but I actually like it that way because it’s going to help me raise my game and to keep a standard that I set for myself so I’m excited. Of course I want to get as many interceptions as I possibly can but as long as we’re winning games, getting to the playoffs, doing the things we need to be doing and winning games, I can care less.
On picking off at passes during practice today:
It was taking a long time, I hadn’t gotten any this camp but it is what it is. They’ll come. I’m just trying to make sure I know what I’m doing at my position, make sure I’m in the right place, tackles and angles. To me, that’s what’s important.
Quarterback Trent Edwards
AM Practice – August 6, 2010
On if he’s excited about rookie RB C.J Spiller:
I’m excited, honestly, because I feel like he’s a big impact player on our offense and out team. He brings a positive attitude every day. He’s a playmaker. He’s just a good guy to be around. I feel like he’s a good guy to have in the locker room, a good guy to have around the community, and now that he’s here, I’m excited to have him here and get him the ball.
On Spiller missing a lot of the practices thus far at training camp:
I think it’s significant, but I also think he can catch up. I don’t know if that answers your question or not, but I feel like he’s a guy that has grasped a lot of the concepts during OTA’s and mini-camps. Now, he’s a little bit behind schedule but I don’t feel like he’s sitting at home doing nothing. He’s mentally, still in football mode and he’s itching to get here. Now that he’s going to get here, he’ll fit right in.
On if he will bring a little energy to things around camp:
(Laughter) Compared to last year, I feel like it’s kind of quiet out here. So, hopefully we’ll get a little more energy and some cheers from the crowd once C.J’s here, but we still need to be efficient on offense and we still need to get a lot of things assembled. I feel like he’s going to be a big part of our offense and we just need to fit him right in and be efficient.
On how good Spiller can be:
I think the sky is the limit, honestly. I don’t want to say that too soon though. As a rookie, I’ve got through plenty of growing pains in my career. There are so many things off the field that you have to do and a lot of things on the field that you have to do, but I think the potential is all there. He’s got all the talent in the world and it’s just a matter of us blocking for him, it’s a matter of – I say this a lot – but being accurate with the football and just getting him in open space and allowing him to make plays.
LB Chris Kelsay
AM Practice – August 6, 2010
On whether the team has been putting in a lot of work in practice so far:
We’ve been putting in a lot of work, more mentally the past week or so than physically. But as long as it transfers on the field and translates on game days, that’s all that matters. Re-installation of stuff from OTAs and minicamp really helps to get it in your mind, but you have to put it out on the field. So that’s what we’re working on.
On changing from defensive end to linebacker:
It makes you appreciate the guys behind you. You never really know until you’re a part of the equation on the back end with routes, different formations, how you align, how you drop, where your responsibilities are and how important that is to our entire defense.
On returning to practice:
It was difficult [and] frustrating last week. It seemed like forever because of the two-a-days and it seemed a lot longer than it was, but it was good. We’re gradually getting into it, but hopefully by Monday I’ll go full board.
On the changes in positions and defensive forms:
We put in so much work this offseason. I feel pretty comfortable with the defense. It’s actually kind of refreshing to be able to sit back, watch the other guys on film with the reinstallation from the offseason program. So to get another dose of that mentally helps, but obviously that has to translate to the field, especially on game day, in order for it to count.