Bills practice quotes 8/10

August 10, 2010 Updated Aug 10, 2010 at 10:54 PM EDT

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Bills practice quotes 8/10

August 10, 2010 Updated Aug 10, 2010 at 10:54 PM EDT

Pittsford ( The Buffalo Bills worked through a single practice Tuesday afternoon at St. John Fisher College. The team is getting ready for it's pre-season opener Friday night against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. You can see the game Friday night on WKBW-TV Channel 7. Our coverage begins with a pregame show starting at 7pm. Below are the quotes from practice on Tuesday.

Head Coach Chan Gailey
Practice – August 10, 2010

On how long WR Marcus Easley’s injury will keep him out:
We’re in the process of making the final decision here in the next day or so about what direction that thing’s going to go. But I would say longer rather than shorter.

On what is keeping him out:
An injury.

On whether he has specifics on the injury:

On whether the injury is potentially season-ending:
Maybe, I don’t know. I don’t know. I have to wait and see. Let me get the final say-so on that

On WR James Hardy leaving practice early:
He just came out right at the end there. I don’t know what it was. It didn’t look like it was anything big.

On QB Levi Brown getting some reps in the two minute drill:
Yeah, that was really big. He hadn’t had [a rep], so we needed to make sure he got one, and he did a good job with it. It was a great catch at the end that Chad made and that was a good series for him. But in the same token, you turn around and wish the defense would stop them. Those are probably some of the guys or a lot of the guys that would be in at the end of the game [on] both sides.

On Levi being comfortable in the offensive setting in light of the up-tempo offense he played in college:
Yeah, he’s very comfortable away from center. That’s what he did at Troy, and I think he feels good in the gun.

On what strengths OL Coach Joe D’Alessandris brings to the table:
Well, first of all he’s a tough man. He’s a tough football coach. He’s going to bring toughness and execution to the offensive line. He and I have been working with a lot of these same schemes for a long time, and he knows exactly what we’re trying to get done. He’s an excellent technician and fundamentals teacher. Every day we do fundamentals.

On whether Coach D’Alessandris has paid his dues to get where he is today:
Oh, yeah.

On whether getting to his current position was overdue:
Who can say about that stuff? There’re a lot of great football coaches. Not all the great football coaches are in the NFL. Some of us may not be great. You don’t know. You just try to make sure that you get good people who can teach on the staff, and we’re fortunate that Joe’s here.

On whether he’s made a decision on the rotation for Friday night’s game:

On whether he can share his decision:
No. We’re going to play guys as we think they need to be played. We’re not going to talk about it publicly because if we get there and it changes, then you ask me why we changed. So it’s just better to leave it up in the air.

On whether he would have guys play longer than normal given the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position:
Maybe. I told our team today to anticipate if you’re a starter that you would play maybe a little bit longer than you would have in a normal situation because we’re learning new schemes. We have a new defense, new offense, new special teams. You might have to go a little bit longer so we can get a feel for each other.

On the strangeness of seeing Redskins QB Donovan McNabb in a uniform other than Philadelphia:
It’ll be unusual to say the least. But every time one of those [big-name players] changes teams, [it feels unusual]. When Emmitt [Smith] went to Arizona, when [Joe] Montana came to Kansas City. I mean, it just looked funny to start with, and it depends on how long it lasts whether you get used to it or not.

On how he thinks McNabb will do in [Head Coach Mike] Shanahan’s offense:
I think they’re very compatible with their strengths. The only thing I know about Mike, and Mike and I have worked together for quite a few years, [is] he’ll take advantage of what the guy does.

On whether he gave the players conditioning tests when they came to camp:
We didn’t do that.

On his philosophy on conditioning:
We work them hard in the off-season. We talk about laying a foundation in the off-season. What happens is if a guy doesn’t come in shape, you find out what kind of person you have, whether he’s willing to put in the time to get the job done. You find out about them. I don’t need--some people do--I don’t need a test to see if they’re in shape or not, whether they worked those four weeks that we were away from each other. You get to find out who wants it and who doesn’t.

On Secondary Coach George Catavolos saying FS Jairus Byrd got off to a slow start:
To be honest, I don’t know if he’s talking about in training camp or in OTAs and mini-camps. I know it was a slow start in OTAs and mini-camps because he wasn’t out there every day, so that probably had something to do with it. But I think [if] he’s looking at him in the last few practices, he’s right on cue.

On whether he thinks Byrd is working on his overall game:
Yeah. Oh gosh, yeah. He can be the complete player. There’s no question about that, if he decides to do that.

On the status of WR Felton Huggins’ injury:
Matter of fact, I’m getting ready to go inside and find out about that right now.

On whether LB Danny Batten is any closer to returning:
Yeah, he’s getting better. He is getting better. We’ll see where that takes us. He won’t be ready this week, probably next week either. He’s probably going to be lucky to get [in] the last couple [practices].

On whether TE Derek Schouman is getting closer to returning:
Yeah, I think he’s going to try to go tomorrow.

On whether Huggins has had any procedures done:
No, no, no. He’s just going in there to see what the final verdict is.

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