PITTSFORD, NY (Bills Release) - Below are quotes from the Bills following Tuesday's afternoon practice:
Coach Chan Gailey
PM Practice – August 16, 2011
On using the option with Brad Smith:
We hope it brings more headaches for the defense. That’s what you do with all that stuff. You hope it causes headaches for them.
On Chad Rinehart playing with the starters:
Chad has played pretty well during camp. He has earned the right to compete for the job on a little more equal basis, so we gave him a shot. We’re going to see how that plays out. Now is the time to give a guy a chance of he has earned it.
On building offensive line depth:
We have to have some of those guys step up. I thought our first group didn’t play bad. Chad is the one guy right now, who has fought to deserve a shot to at least split some time there.
On whether he has been disappointed with Andy Levitre’s play:
No. Chad has just earned a spot.
On whether it is a possibility he could have Chad Rinehart play at right guard:
It could be. We are trying to get the five best on the field.
On Chris White not playing:
He is three weeks away. He got rolled up on pretty good. He’s going to be out for a while.
On Buster Davis’ status:
He’s out about a week.
On Merriman tweaking a body part in practice:
It’s minor, but we’ll err on the side of caution with that to make sure that he’s back at full speed. We don’t want him to put pressure in undue areas there.
On Kyle Williams going out for a couple of minutes:
On whether it is more difficult getting the offensive line situated with no offseason:
Sure it is. You develop that cohesiveness, continuity and communication a great deal in the offseason. We missed that, so we’re trying to get that now.
On Stevie Johnson:
I think Stevie is very confident in his game. I think he really believes in himself. If he get’s down on himself, it’s short-lived. That’s the way you better be in this league because we’re counting on him to make a play the next time. He’s going to drop another one. I don’t care what anyone says. He will. You get over it and go on to the next one. He’s going to make a lot more good plays than bad ones in our offense. I think he learned to handle some of that stuff off the field more than I worry about anything on the field.
On whether Stevie Johnson will be the leader of the wide receivers:
I think he will. He has so far. I think that Steve can handle that responsibility. It’s on all of them. Each guy has to do his own emotional preparation. If you’re depending on someone else to lead you, you’re in trouble. You get guys to help other guys through, but if we have guys depending on somebody else we’re in deep trouble if we’re waiting for that.
On the receiving core:
I feel really good about our receiving core. I think we’re good in that area. I really do.
On Brad Smith’s adding more to the offense:
Brad adds the wildcat. He can play receiver. He can play on special teams. He has really added a lot to our football team and I think he can add more. We are going to keep pressing the envelope with him and his packages to see how much he can do and to see how much we can get done.
Sure. They’re going to get more reps and opportunities. A lot of those young guys are going to have to step up and play.
LB Shawne Merriman
PM Practice – August 16, 2011
On how it felt to be back out on the field for their first preseason game:
It felt good even though it was a preseason game. You always want to go out there and obviously win a game but personally it felt good to get back out there. It’s been a long time and I’m just going to keep building off of that, that’s all I can do.
On how getting on the field is getting him excited for the regular season:
Outside of being in the lockout, I haven’t been on the field in a long time. It’s a work in progress for me. Everyday I’m out here. I have to do things a little bit better and getting back in that rhythm of doing things again. That all comes with time and work, so I’ll be good with that.
On what motivates him:
Just to help us be better. I know what my job is on defense and with this team. As long as I’m doing that, that’s motivation for me. Everything else will fall in place, for sure.
On his leg injury that took him out of practice:
It’s a little tight. I didn’t play much Saturday. I came in here and got a good workout early. I’ll see tomorrow and just go from there. Last week, Coach gave me a day off. I was a little bit sore. After doing seven or eight practices back to back, I think that’s something they expected before the season even started. It’s something we’ll just go from and keep trying to work through it.
On the importance of working with the young linebackers:
It’s very important. When I was younger in the game, a lot of the guys took their time to teach me a lot, pull me to the side to get better at certain things. So that’s my job now. My job is to not only help them to get better but help anyone who needs guidance or to just ask questions to get better as well.
On what his perception of Buffalo is:
The same thing that caused me to re-sign and come back here. There’s a bunch of guys that are hungry and want to go out and win. A lot of guys have a lot to prove. I thought I fit right in with the thought process with the guys.
On his thoughts about trading a veteran:
We all understand it’s a part of the game. And it’s a part I really don’t touch on too much. It happens. I’ve been through it and it’s just all part of the game.
Guard Chad Rinehart
PM Practice – August 16, 2011
On switching from right guard to left guard:
It’s not that big of a jump. Last year, we did a lot of rotations playing with everyone, left and right side. It’s a little different, but at the same time I’m getting the same calls and the same looks.
On what he was expecting coming into camp:
I was expecting to play right guard coming in and they put me at left. That was a little change-up. I feel like the left and right are pretty interchangeable so it wasn’t that big of a deal.
On the adjustment to playing left guard:
I assumed I’d be playing right guard after what happened last year. I came in and they couldn’t have communication with us, so that was a little difficult. I didn’t feel like it was that different. I’ve played left guard in the pre-season before, so it wasn’t that big of a change.
On whether it was a surprise for him playing exclusively with the twos:
It definitely was. I came in expecting to compete for a starting spot and at least getting into the rotation. They’ve done it a little bit different this year. They’ve had the same guys with the ones and twos. I just need to take advantage of the opportunity of getting some reps with the starters.
On carrying his momentum into the next game:
I feel like last game was a little bit of a disappointment. Andy (Levitre) felt the same way. They’re doing this to increase the competition at the guard spot. Hopefully, it will elevate both of our play going into the game.
On if he’s surprised by coach’s decision to move him to the ones:
I wouldn’t say I’m surprised. I feel like I’ve been holding my own in practice. I thought after last year, I showed them I am very capable as a starter. I felt it was a matter of time. When my opportunity came I needed to make the most of it.