Pittsford (WKBW.com) The Bills worked through a single practice on day 6 of training camp at St. John Fisher College. Below are the quotes from head coach Chan Gailey and WR Roscoe Parrish following practice.
Head Coach Chan Gailey
Practice – August 3, 2010
On if rookie T Ed Wang had surgery this morning:
I have not heard how things turned out, so I can’t give you any kind of report there. I don’t know, sorry.
On if it was a thumb injury:
He got his hand hurt. I didn’t know how extensive and where it was exactly. They said they were going to look and go in there and see what happens.
On how much of a setback it is for a rookie at his first training camp:
Huge. Any guy that misses time as a rookie…The only guys that can kind of weather that storm is a vet, a guy that’s been around five or six years and has got his position firmly entrenched. It’s hard.
On how much not having rookie RB C.J Spiller at training camp hurts the team:
It hurts. He did a great job in OTA’s and minicamp, but being here now is a different game. It doesn’t help anybody. It doesn’t help him, it doesn’t help us. We hope it gets resolved as soon as it possibly can.
On the status of injured LB Danny Batten:
We’re still in the decision making process on the direction for him. It could be as little as two weeks. It could be as long as six weeks.
On the shortage of healthy linebackers:
We’re down there and the guys are fighting through it. You hate to do something and make a rash decision because we’re going to get some guys back here sooner than later. We’ve just got to be smart on how we handle that.
On the status of WR Marcus Easley:
He’s just sore. He landed on his knee and he’s just sore. We’re keeping him out.
On why CB Terrence McGee didn’t practice:
Just one of those rest days for him.
On if the first Saturday would be a scrimmage day:
Yeah, there might be a thing. I don’t know if it will be a full-fledged scrimmage, but we’ll get some good live contact in there. Whether the whole thing is that way or not, I don’t think so.
On what each tight end brings to the table:
It is a unique group. If you look at Shawn [Nelson] – his size and speed and he can run, jump, catch – he’s got that but he’s got some work to do on technique. He’s got some work to do on the fundamentals of the game. [Jonathan] Stupar is a guy that is a very intelligent player, as is [Derek] Schouman. Michael [Matthews] is pretty smart too and handles everything well. None of them can run as fast as Shawn, but they’ve got decent speed. Michael is more of an in-line guy at 270-pounds than the other two guys are. The other guys are probably…I would say Stupar and Schouman can go either way.
On having some good options at the tight end position:
They’re interesting options.
On his thoughts on WR Chad Jackson:
The guy comes out to play every day. It looks like he’s made up his mind that he wants to be a very good football player. I think that bouncing around is not what he intended for his career and I think he’s decided to go out and make himself the position. He’s been impressive.
On his thoughts about WR Roscoe Parrish:
Roscoe’s got great quickness and great speed, and he’s learning to play the position. We’ve got him inside. We’re going to try to keep him inside as much as we can. We’ve got to get his hands on the ball some. We’re trying to learn base football today – crawl before we walk, walk before we run – but I think he’s got a chance to be a big part of this offense before it’s over with.
WIDE RECEIVER ROSCOE PARRISH
Practice- August 3, 2010
On his progress in camp so far:
It’s training camp, so every day you go out there, you got to approach it like it’s your last. You can’t let your body talk for you when you’re fatigued, you’re tired and it’s mental. Right now I’m approaching it that way, and everything’s going [well] right now, so far so good. We’re getting on the same page. Everybody out here [is] competing and like I often mention, it’s training camp and you have to be mentally tough right now.
On how he deals with double sessions:
Like Coach has always stressed, just take care of your body, and at the practice get iced up and make sure you stretch and all the little things throughout your break. That’s basically it when you got a double practice. You have to take care of your body, stay on top of everything, stretch and work for it.
On taking the younger receivers under his wing:
You look at our receiver unit, I have to because in the past I had guys like Terrell Owens, Josh Reed, Peerless Price, so always all the guys in front of me. This year you look at our receiver core, it’s only Lee [Evans] and me. You have to take responsibility and coach the young guys up with what the older guys taught me in the past and just come out here and stay on top of everything, and just don’t take anything for granted. Even though I’m a veteran out here in this receiver core, I just can’t take it for granted out here also. I have to stay on top of my game, like you sit out here every offseason, this and that, but at the same time I have to compete too.
On his role so far in practice:
Right now I’m just trying to do everything I [can] just to help contribute on offense and also on special teams.
On the new coaching regime:
New coach, new swagger, new attitude, new everything. It’s a good look [laughs].
On whether the new coaching regime helps him:
Yes, of course. You’re looking at the season last year, don’t want to talk about it but looking into it last year I was benched for I don’t know how many games, I [didn’t] really count. It was stressful but it’s a new coaching staff and new attitude. You have to put that behind and right now I’m in training camp. You have to take it day by day.