Bills Transcripts 8/11 PM Practice

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 8:12 PM EDT

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Bills Transcripts 8/11 PM Practice

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 8:12 PM EDT

Coach Chan Gailey

PM Practice – August 11, 2011

On ending practice early:

That was the plan all along. We came out and had almost a normal Friday practice.

On NT Torell Troup’s status:

We’ll evaluate him, but I’m more convinced that we will play him than we will not play him at this point.

On LB Shawne Merriman’s leadership role:

I think he hesitated to have a loud voice to this point because he is learning this defense. Still, the way he plays and the edge that he brings has been a form of leadership that has been good for us. I think as time goes on, his voice will be more prominent on our football team.

On LBs Nick Barnett and Merriman gelling with teammates:

I think it has been very smooth. Nick wouldn’t have anyway, but Shawne could have had some offseason. He was also here last year and had the terminology. Shawne is probably a little further along with the terminology than Nick, but he picks it up quick. Nick is a veteran. He has seen it all before. It’s just a matter of getting the correct terms down.

On his expectations going into the first preseason game:

We’ve tried to stay a little simpler, because we want the young guys to be able to have some success. We could probably move a little faster with our veteran players, but we are trying to keep it simple so the young guys can figure out if they can play or not. If it’s all mental mistakes, you don’t know if they can play or not. That is the theory going into the game.

On how much QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will play:

He is going to play just like most of the other starters.

On whether he will use all four quarterbacks:

Yes. We will use all four quarterbacks.

On the type of time Brad Smith will see at quarterback:

Brad will be more in and out right now.

On how much time WR Marcus Easley will get on Saturday:

I think Marcus will get his share. Everyone has a different share in this ball game, but he is going to get a decent number of reps. The thing we don’t want to do is overextend him. We’ll take this game more individually than we ever had before because of guys coming off injuries or being veteran players. We’ll try to be smarter about those things in the game.

On the field conditions at Soldier Field:

I hear there has been a lot of talk about it. Evidently, someone there is going to make some kind of decision about whether it’s good or bad. I’m much more worried about how we play than I am about that. I hope they will have it ready.

On how welI the team is gelling:

I think games are the way you find out how teams are gelling. I don’t think you can tell that in practice. You feel good about your football team, but at the same time, you don’t know until you get into the fray. We’ll see how we do in the next four weeks and I’ll have a much better answer. Actually, I’ll have a much better answer in about 20 weeks.

On whether or not he would like two-a-days:

I don’t know of any coach that wouldn’t like some two-a-days. I think all of us would like to have that. We understand the process. As long as everyone is on the same page, I can deal with it.

On what he likes about two-a-days:

You get more reps and don’t overextend them in one practice. You can break it up into two practices and get a few more reps in a day.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

PM Practice – August 11, 2011

On ending practice early:

There is still a lot of stuff we have to clean up, but we had some good plays today. We also had some receivers who stepped up and made some big plays. That was good to see. We are confidant right now and looking forward to getting on the field and playing against a defense other than our own.

On WR Donald Jones emerging:

There is a lot of competition right now at the wide receiver spot. Donald was out with the calf injury for a couple days, but he has had a great camp so far. That was something we had hoped and expected going into this year. Last year, he was learning the new system trying to make the team. He was also very involved with special teams. We really see him as a legitimate receiver. He is a guy we can get the ball to down the field. He is a guy we want to get the ball into his hands so he can make plays. We’ve really liked what Donald has done so far. He is going to be a very big part of our offense this year.

On WR Marcus Easley:

There are some nuances of the position he still needs to learn. The only way he can learn them is by going out and playing. He’s definitely a guy that has put in the time by studying the playbook and getting out to Arizona to practice with me. Whenever I was throwing, he was there. He has definitely put in the time and effort. Now, it is a matter of getting on the field, especially in these preseason games, showcasing what he can do and learning the game through repetition rather than on paper.

On LBs Nick Barnett and Shawne Merriman gelling with teammates:

I’m excited to play against somebody else. This isn’t going to be the end-all be-all. We are going to try to be a good offense in this game, but there is probably some stuff we are going to have to work on. We’re looking to get out there for a few series and put some points on the board. We want to limit the mental mistakes. That will be the big thing. We’ll call it a success if we can do that.

On the field conditions at Soldier Field: If the field was not ready for their scrimmage, they wouldn’t have let them play on it. If their field is not ready, we’re not going to play on it. I highly doubt that will happen.

On whether he feels he has more weapons to work with on offense:

We have a lot of the same guys. It’s just that everyone is a year older and more comfortable. In that sense, we’re a lot better. You saw glimpses with guys last year. Donald (Jones) caught quick screens against Cincinnati and Roscoe (Parrish) played well for the first half of the year. You saw some glimpses of what C.J. (Spiller) can do. We also added Brad Smith, who is going to be very special this year when he gets the ball in his hands. I think we are more potent this year than we were last year.

LB Shawne Merriman

PM Practice – August 11, 2011

On how it feels to get back on the field this Saturday:

It feels good. It’s been a long time for me personally and a lot of guys because of the lockout and all of those things. We’re just fine tuning things now for Saturday. That’s just one step of getting better and being a better team.

On if this preseason is more important to him and LB Nick Barnett:

Yeah because we were off a little bit longer then everyone else. But at the same time I think we had enough practice in to get the football feeling back under our belt. Now we get a chance to see it all at live speed.

On going into the preseason with new teammates:

I feel good. We all got on the same page pretty early and me and Nick (Barnett) both played in schemes similar to this one. So it was kind of easy for us getting the feeling of what we had to do and where we needed to be. Now the ballgame changes, Saturday things are a lot faster and happen a lot quicker and I’m sure there will be a lot more hitting going on.

On how much he expects to play:

We don’t know for sure but I’m sure I will get quite a bit of snaps, especially in the first quarter with the first string guys and see how the game goes.

RB Fred Jackson

PM Practice – August 11, 2011

On how anxious he is to play on Saturday:

I’m very anxious because we have been away from the game for way too long. When we came back to camp we were excited to do that. It’s for real now as soon as we step on the field Saturday so we are excited.

On how the team is gelling so far:

We’re coming along great. This being our second year in the system, I think everyone is getting more comfortable in their roles wherever it may be; offense or defense. I think we are looking forward to trying to turn a few heads this year.

On what he looks for from the offense in the first preseason game:

Most importantly I would say it is the execution if we go out there and do what we are supposed to do and function as a unit. You always want to see a guy out there making plays. No mistakes and penalties are things that you always want to look for.

On the field conditions in Chicago:

We haven’t heard anything yet so right now we have to approach it like it is any other game.

On his first preseason game and what went along with it:

It is a different feeling. You can go to a big school and come out here and be in front of crowds but once you get to the NFL and see how fast and big guys are, it is a different feeling. You embrace it and learn to cherish it and try to take your game to the next level to be able to compete with them.

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