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Aaron Williams says knee healthy, as is trash talk

By Jay Skurski

One of the voices heard most often during the Bills' first two days of minicamp has been that of cornerback Aaron Williams.

The second-year pro from Texas isn't shy about expressing himself, after good plays or bad.

"The first year you want to listen more than you talk. When you get used to everybody’s personality and the chemistry of this team, the trash talk starts coming out," he said. "Especially in minicamp and training camp, too. It is all just competing, grinding each other and getting each other better. The trash talking is just trying to keep my confidence up. Even if it is a bad play I am not going to let you know that you had me on that one play. I am going to keep going."

Williams has been a full participant in the team's first two minicamp practices this week, saying the knee injury that held him out last week is "fine, no major injuries or anything."

That's a relief for the Bills, since Williams will be counted on heavily this year. He played in just nine games as a rookie.

"One thing I learned in the league is to make plays you have to stay on the field. Being in the training room and getting with the nutritionist or strength and conditioning coach helps a lot," he said.

Williams has also benefited from the spring practice schedule -- something he was robbed of last year because of the lockout.

"Last year I got thrown into the fire trying to learn the playbook as fast as possible before the first preseason game. Now I have had a chance to go to OTAs and minicamp. We had a great attendance at OTAs — pretty much everybody came. As long as I am with George (Wilson), he is one of the smartest guys I know that understands the game. He calls the plays out before they ever happen," Williams said. "As long as I am with him studying in the film room and the classroom, and with Jairus (Byrd) and the veterans I should be fine." 

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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