Transcript of media sessions following Friday's Buffalo Bills practice at One Bills Drive: kicker Dan Carpenter, quarterback Matt Cassel, running back LeSean McCoy, linebacker A.J. Tarpley and running back Karlos Williams. Provided by the Buffalo Bills.
K Dan Carpenter
Q: Coach Ryan was pretty emphatic saying he might look at other kickers, your thoughts?
A: Yeah I mean, if you have a kicker that goes three for six in the preseason, you should be concerned as a coach. That’s their job and so obviously I need to do better. I know that, he knows that, everyone else in this building knows that, and everyone else in this building expects me to do better. That’s pretty much all there is to it.
Q: Do you see it as more physical or mental?
A: There’s really nothing to it. You have to put the ball between the yellow uprights and that’s obviously something I’ve only done about half the time and it’s got to be better.
Q: Have you tried to pinpoint something?
A: I mean obviously I’m doing what I can to figure out what’s wrong, if there is something wrong. There can be over analyzing at times so there’s not a whole lot I can do except move on and get better in the days to come and go from there.
QB Matt Cassel
Q: Do you feel like you got a fair shot looking back?
A: That’s neither here nor there. We went through an entire offseason, we competed and at the end of the day I did the best I could with the reps that I got and they made a decision to go a different direction. Like I said the decision being made now, rather than this week or next week, I think the right decision was made. I’m excited for Tyrod (Taylor), he gets an opportunity obviously and at the same time I’ve got to get ready to go and get ready to play.
Q: What can you do to help Tyrod Taylor?
A: I can do anything that I possibly can. I use my experience all the time and I help these guys whether it’s simple things like note taking or film study. Now my role changes into trying to help him, trying to do whatever I can to help this team be successful and that’s my role.
Q: Have they told you who is number two or number three?
A: You are gonna have to ask them. I don’t know if they want to go into depth about what the conversation was about who’s going to be number two or number three. But every indication was made that we’re probably gonna keep three quarterbacks and that’s all I can go off of right now.
RB LeSean McCoy
Q: Will you be ready for the next game?
A: We’ll wait and see. We’ll see how everything plays out. I’ve just got to control what I can control and that’s just working hard and get ready to get out there.
Q: Is there a certain thing you do that hurts the most?
A: It’s a matter of just the way I perform, the way I play. Different cuts and different runs, I feel it more at different times. That’s a different story when you’re warming up and getting ready for the game, but it’s a waiting process, just got to wait it out and see how I feel.
Q: Did it feel good that you were able to get out there today?
A: Yeah, well like I said before today was light day, wasn’t too much running or too much cutting. It was more mental today. I don’t know if you guys saw it all today, but it wasn’t really that serious.
LB A.J. Tarpley
Q: How does it feel to make an NFL roster?
A: Good, but at the same time, I’m eager. I’m excited for the opportunity. I know the NFL is a week-by-week basis and I’m just focused on getting better everyday.
Q: What do you think you did to impress the coaches?
A: I think it was just make some plays. I could have played better in the first couple preseason games. I was excited, I knew I had the opportunity coming into this fourth game. I wasn’t going to have a sub, that wasn’t going to be an option and I was going to get to play the whole game. And for me, as an undrafted guy all you can ask for is an opportunity. For coach Ryan and coach April to give me the opportunity, you know, I was ecstatic to get that and I feel like I proved myself a little bit, you know, being able to play a whole game and be able to make some tackles, make some plays out there, it felt good.
Q: And when you see some guys getting hurt, obviously you think about that.
A: You never want to see a teammate go down, that’s never how you want to get on the field, but at the same time, you can’t control that. All the guys that did get hurt, you know Ty Powell, he was still gracious enough to help me with my transition, whether it be with the playbook, with special teams, whatever it was. Him and Tony (Steward), even though he’s still a young guy like me, we always go back and fourth and make each other better.
RB Karlos Williams
Q: Can you talk about what happened in regards to your injury?
A: Yeah, bad things happen to good people sometimes, I’ll say that. But it was kind of a freak accident, kinda happened, lot of lot of pain, trainers definitely took care of that. Finally found out what it was, got it taken care of, and had a quick surgery or actually a pretty quick recovery, so just happy to be back from that. But a very, very delicate situation.
Q: How scary was it when they said it was going to have to be taken care of with a procedure? Was it scary in the beginning there?
A: No, not really. Just kind of wanted to get rid of the pain as fast as possible but also I knew it had to get taken care of right away. It was something that couldn’t wait and obviously I understand that, definitely wanted to get it taken care of as soon as possible. But not scary at all, just wanted to get the pain out of there and wanted to get the situation taken care of so I could get back onto the football field.
Q: Were you able to stay in the book the whole time?
A: Most definitely. Being home for about a week, week and half kind of resting, not really moving a lot, and not trying to walk around as much. But after that getting back to going to meetings, trying to stay on top of stuff, trying to stay on top of the offensive playbook, install and prepare for the preseason games. Trying to mentally prepare myself.