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Nix quotes on Maybin

On the release of Maybin:

It’s all about us as a team and trying to get better. I’ll say this every time, but it’s also about him.  We could have used him and gone on through the preseason and that kind of thing, and he would have had very little chance of being picked up.  This gives him a chance to maybe get on another team, fit in better and things work out good for him.

On if Maybin’s size and strength was an issue:

I saw where somebody said he didn’t fit the scheme. I don’t know what scheme he fits at that size, unless you’re a strong safety.  He says his metabolism and maybe that’s what it is.  He couldn’t hold weight.  He was 250 at the combine when we saw him and then he was 228 this fall.  He goes up and down some but not very high.

On how difficult it is giving up on a former first-round pick:

You make way more out of those picks than we do and than I do.  I know the money is a big deal.  I don’t think that will be as big now and as much pressure will be on the player.  I think what happens when you miss on a pick that high, a first or second or even third round, it sets you back because you keep trying to fill that void.  That’s the reason we took a little longer.  We needed him and wanted him to come through and wanted to make sure we gave him every opportunity.  He did everything he could do.  He practiced hard, he hustled and he did everything we asked of him.  It just didn’t work out.

On letting young guys get a chance at a roster spot:

And that’s what happens.  We said that and I’ve said that from day one.  A guy that has a chance to develop and be what you’re looking for that doesn’t get enough reps to do it, and that’s what happened.

---Rodney McKissic


Kelsay, Parrish sit out practice

---Linebacker Chris Kelsay and wide receiver Roscoe Parrish were among several players who sat out practice on Monday. Parrish also missed the majority of Sunday’s session.

“Both are feeling tight and instead of pushing it right now, since they get a day off [Tuesday], it’s almost 48-50 hours before we go again so we decided to give them the afternoon off so they can get back Wednesday,’’ Bills coach Chan Gailey said.

The number of players missing from practice has increased over the last three days. Second-year nose tackle Torell Troup left practice early Monday with what Gailey said was a hand injury.

Also missing practice were Demetrius Bell, Antonio Coleman, Drayton Florence, Justin Rogers, Marcus Easley, Shawn Nelson, Kellen Heard and Kelvin Sheppard. Fatigue, Gailey said, is a factor.

“When you get to practice eight and nine that’s where it’s starts to wear on them a little bit,’’ Gailey said. “They’ve been running and they’ve been doing things but they haven’t been carrying that extra weight and then their legs get a little fatigued. It’s mostly 90 percent lower body.’’

---Rodney McKissic


Florence out for preseason opener

---Bills cornerback Drayton Florence will miss the Bills first preseason game against the Chicago Bears with an ankle injury, coach Chan Gailey said today.

Florence suffered the injury during Saturday night’s practice in a red zone drill. He tried to break up a pass and came down awkwardly, forcing him to miss the remainder of the practice. He did not practice this afternoon.

“He got a sprained ankle when he got down here in the end zone on a catch,” Gailey said. “He’ll be out ... four days, six days. Every guy is different when it comes to those.”

---Rodney McKissic


Source: Cook could miss 4-6 weeks

---Former UB and St. Joe’s cornerback Domonic Cook could miss the next 4-6 weeks with a knee injury, according to a source. Cook is still being evaluated but initial reports indicate a torn meniscus, the source said.

Cook, who was invited to the Bills camp as an undrafted rookie free agent, suffered the injury Monday afternoon during practice. Midway through the workout, Cook walked off the field limping and was attended to by a trainer. Cook later walked into the locker room and didn't return.

While it’s unclear whether the injury ends Cook’s chances of making the team, the coaching staff likes his competitiveness and considered him a candidate for the practice squad.

---Rodney McKissic


Barnett pays Bills a visit

---Kelvin Sheppard needs a sidekick at inside linebacker. Could Nick Barnett be the one?

Barnett visited the Bills’ training camp at St. John Fisher on Sunday during the team’s morning walk through and spent the majority of his time chatting with assistant coach Dave Wannstedt.

The Detroit Lions – as well as Cleveland – expressed interest in signing Barnett, who was reportedly scheduled to visit Detroit today but the Lions instead signed Tennessee free agent linebacker Stephen Tulloch. Barnett was released by Green Bay last week.

After losing free agent linebacker Paul Posluszny to Jacksonville last week, Barnett would fill an obvious need. One player who would like to see the Bills add Barnett is Sheppard, the rookie from LSU, who came to terms on his deal Saturday evening.

“It was pretty cool watching him and watching the way he produced for the Packers,’’ Sheppard said today. “For him to come up to me and say, ‘What’s up Shep?’ that’s exciting. If he is an addition to our team, that would be great. How could you not like a guy like that on your team?’’

---Rodney McKissic


Bills are off

PITTSFORD -- There is no practice here on Sunday. It's the first extended time off the players have gotten since camp began 11 days ago. Head coach Chan Gailey said the guys deserve a break after 13 practices in 10 days.

"They need a day off,'' he said. "We don't come out here and mess around. I'm not trying to be out here 2 1/2, 3 1/2 hours. We go to work, get our job done and get off the field. They've done a good job of that.''

Practice resumes with an evening session on Monday. You must have a ticket to attend.

---Allen Wilson


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Bills release training camp schedule

Training camp begins July 29 at the St. John Fisher campus, marking the 11th year the team has held its camp in Pittsford.

The first open practice to the public is tentatively scheduled for July 29 from 3-5:30 p.m. The first night practice will be the following evening on July 30 from 7–9 p.m. Admission is complimentary for all fans. Tickets are required for each of the tentatively scheduled eight night practices throughout training camp.

The eight night practice dates are tentatively scheduled for July 30, Aug. 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 16 and 22. The last practice is scheduled for Aug. 24. All night practices run from 7-9 p.m.

---Rodney McKissic