Spiller hits the field to cheering fans - Friday Night Camp Quotes

August 6, 2010 Updated Aug 6, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News

August 6, 2010 Updated Aug 6, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT

Pittsford (Jeff Russo/WKBW.com) Newly signed rookie C.J. Spiller hit the field for the first time at training camp on Friday night and fans wasted little time welcoming him to St. John Fisher College. A group of fans cheered as Spiller walked on the field Friday just hours after signing his rookie contract. The deal ended an 8-day hold-out by the 9th overall pick, and reportedly will pay Spiller $25 million over 5 years, with over $20 in guaranteed money.

All said, Spiller missed 11 practices in Pittsford so he has some catching up to do, but Friday he was involved in not only the running and passing games, but also saw action as a punt returner.

Highlights from Friday included two interceptions by Safety Donte Whitner, both of Trent Edwards. Edwards bounced back though with a couple of deep throws to Lee Evans which hit the wide receiver in stride. WR Felton Huggins made a couple of nice catches during the night practice.

On the injury front WR Roscoe Parrish left practice on Friday with an undisclosed injury. and did not return. Head Coach Chan Gailey didn't believe the injury was serious.

Below are the transcripts following Friday's Practice On the warm reception from the fans:

Bills Running Back C.J. Spiller
It was a great feeling. I was anxious to get back. I was ready to get back on the football field and just start practicing again and get ready for the season. But it felt good to get a warm reception from the fans. We’re definitely going to need them come Sundays.

On his first night of practice:

It felt great. I still have to get my timing down. You know, first day in (practice), you don’t really know what to expect. First day went pretty smooth. I still have some stuff I want to get better at and hopefully I can go correct the mistakes that I made tonight.

On what fans should expect on Sundays:

What anybody should expect. I’m going to go out there and give my best every Sunday. I’m going to run the play and try to execute. But the main thing is that they should know I’m going go out there and lay everything on the line for my teammate to try to help us win.

On the variety of activities in practice:

It felt good to start catching some punts again. I haven’t caught [any] in awhile. It felt really good to get back out there and do that. We’re just taking it one day at a time. Can’t really slow down. I have to speed up and I have to in steady. The good thing is, I remembered a whole lot from OTAs and mini-camp.

Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey:

On RB C.J. Spiller during practice:

We didn’t do a lot with him. We’ve got to break him in slowly. These other guys have been in camp now for quite a few days, a week almost. So he’s got a lot of catching up to do, not only mentally but physically. We’re going to work him in slow but you can see the explosiveness he’s always had.

On WR Roscoe Parrish leaving practice early:

Roscoe, it’s not bad. He’ll be back in a couple days at the worst, I think.

On what happened to Parrish:

He got hurt.

On the team making big plays during practice:

It was good to see some big plays. We’ve got to eliminate the bad plays, but it was good to see some big plays. There were some positives out there on both sides of the ball and that’s what you’re searching for, positives in each and every practice. Fundamentals, we’re doing a pretty good job with fundamentals. We’ve got to take care of the football better and that’d be the only thing. But our defense is getting turnovers, so that’s a good thing.

On the secondary getting several interceptions during the past few practices:

I don’t believe in luck. Those guys hustle. If you’re hustling then you make big plays and you get those things and they’re good for you. To me, that’s the mark of a hustling defense.

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