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What They Said: Buffalo Bills transcripts of coaches Rex Ryan, Anthony Lynn & Dennis Thurman

Transcripts provided by the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Rex Ryan

Opening Statement: Alright guys, the big news of the day, we signed Shamiel Gary from Oklahoma State to the practice squad. So I know that’ll probably be the lead story. In all reality, Scott (Berchtold) asked me his name and I’m like “I don’t know. Well you’ve got to—just come up with it.” So he showed me the thing and me being dyslexic, I’m like, “Ok so Gray is his last name?” He goes, “No, Gary is his last name!” So anyway, I know a lot about the kid. Should make a difference for us. Alright, here are the guys that did not practice today: Robert Woods, knee; (Percy) Harvin, illness; (Ronald) Darby, concussion protocol. Players who were limited in practice today: (Richie) Incognito, neck; (Marcell) Dareus, abdominal; (Mike) Gillislee, hamstring; Preston Brown, wrist; Sergio Brown, hamstring; (John) Miller, shoulder; (Sammy) Watkins, foot; Cordy Glenn, back; (James) Ihedigbo, ankle; (Charles) Clay, knee; (Lorenzo) Alexander, ankle; (Marquise) Goodwin, wrist. Whew, I need a break here. Alright, guys that were full today, Zach Brown hand and Tyrod Taylor groin. Alright guys, fire away.

Q: Starting with Sammy, how encouraged are you that he’s back today?

A: Oh, he looked good today. So he was able to do quite a bit today.

Q: Is it still safe to say that he’ll be ready for Sunday?

A: That’s what, you know, what I’m hoping for. I believe that’ll be the case unless there’s some kind of setback.

Q: How big of a sigh of relief did you breathe? It had to be a big blow when you heard from the trainers that Sammy couldn’t go yesterday, and that he wasn’t able to do as much as he could today.

A: Yeah I think you’re like “oh, man.” That’s the reality of it and then it’s like, “ok he’s doing better today,” so that’s a good sign.

Q: Does Goodwin’s wrist injury put his status in jeopardy?

A: I’m not sure. We’ll see what happens, but it just happened out here in a two minute drill.

Q: Did he finish practice?

A: He did not.

Q: Woods and Harvin, where do those guys stand for this week?

A: Doesn’t look good for either one of those guys

Q: With Percy, it’s been more than a week now that he’s had these issues that he hasn’t been able to correct. Are you concerned that this is something that may take quite a while and effect his availability for the rest of the season?

A: I’m not real sure about that. We’re just trying to make sure that, we kept coming back all the time and we probably never gave him the rest that he needed. So that’s kind of what we’re doing now is making sure that let’s get him, you know, healthy and let’s get him back here. He’s doing whatever he can to try to play, but I don’t know if that was in his best interest. So we’re trying to make sure he’s well. I don’t perceive it to be, you know a season ending type thing, but we’ll see how it goes.

Q: At this point in the week, with Ronald Darby not being able to get out there the first two days, would it be a stretch to think he’d be available on Sunday?

A: Yeah, I’m not sure. I think, you know, obviously that’s in the hands of the professionals and all that but these things seem to, you know, take a while. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a player have a concussion and play the next week. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that.

Q: How tough is this on Anthony Lynn with all of the injured receivers? How do you properly gameplan when you don’t know who’s going to do what?

A: I think with us, we have multiple personnel groupings. So if that’s what we have to do, then we will. You know, Reggie Bush is a versatile guy that can also play some receiver and running back. So hey, no excuses. We just move on.

Q: Kevon Seymour was taking reps with the first team in place of Darby. Is that something we can expect on Sunday?

A: Well that’s a possibility. We move guys around. We’ve had some injuries at safety as well. So we’re kind of moving guys around. You probably saw Corey White at corner. You saw him at safety too, and you know, at nickel. So we’re trying to cover ourselves in case there’s injuries.

Q: What do you like with Seymour as an outside corner? We’ve seen him in the slot.

A: I think he’s confident and he has a great skillset, and he can run. I think those are the two biggest things. If you have confidence and you can run, then you can play that spot.

Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn

Q: At what point will you be putting on the pads to play receiver?

A: I don’t know. I thought about that today. (Laughs)

Q: How tough is it to have this many guys down at one position?

A: It’s tough. It’s tougher on the quarterback than anybody. You know, he doesn’t create that trust, and…factor. But you just have to make adjustments and move on.

Q: What is your understanding of when you can get Percy Harvin back?

A: I don’t have an understanding of that right now. You know Percy is still out with the migraines and he definitely wants to get back and he’s got to take care of himself first.

Q: Knowing how much Jacksonville sold out to stop your run game last week, are you anticipating that you know, future opponents here could make the same commitment? You know, the whole copycat league thing—

A: Oh sure. And a lot of teams have sold out to stop the run but when you run the football, you stay committed to it. That’s what you do. You know? But if they do sell out like that, you know we have to find ways to make him play but at the same time don’t give up on the run.

Q: Converting a quarterback to a tight end is a tough deal I guess. What have you seen from Logan Thomas?

A: You know he’s been here for a couple days. He’s doing well. Runs well, catches the ball well. Former quarterback, he has nice hands. It’s just the details and the blocking and route running. But I’m looking forward to seeing his development.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman


Q: Are you cross training Corey White at both cornerback and safety?

A: Right now, we’re cross training everybody back there. I mean we’re kind of beat up. You know secondary a little bit. So guys are being asked to do different things and you know, next man up. So we’ve got some talent back there. May not be the most experienced guy at a position but we feel like if he has a talent, we can keep things simple enough if we can go out there and play.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge, adjustment-wise?

A: When you’re playing corner, it’s about the one on one matchup with the wide receiver. There’s a direct interaction on every play. When you’re playing safety, there’s times when you are playing versus the quarterback, versus the set formation that you’re seeing, and so you have to expand your vision. So they’re two different positions. They may look similar but their mindset has to change because the corner’s one-on-one, playing safety at times it you versus the quarterback and the formation they’re trying to do to you.

Q: How has Derek Carr taken that next step this season?

A: Well there’s a lot of areas. I mean he’s not turning the ball over. He’s making correct reads, he’s getting the ball to the right receiver, and he has great arm talent. I mean he can throw the ball from a variety of arm angles and he understands their offense there, and you know, he’s a heck of a player. They have a well talented offense, we have our work cut out for us.

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