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Chan Gailey impressed with LB Scott McKillop

By Jay Skurski

PITTSFORD -- Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey liked what he saw from middle linebacker Scott McKillop during Thursday's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.

"He made a lot of tackles. He was in on a lot of plays the other night. Scott has done a good job," Gailey said. "He is a good special-teams player. He is making a real run at this football team. He has a lot of natural instincts. That is the great thing about him: He understands the game. He has to continue to work on pass coverage, but we have a couple of linebackers in that spot."

McKillop led the Bills with seven tackles against the Redskins. With Kelvin Sheppard extremely limited in Saturday night's practice, McKillop got a shot to run with the starting defense at middle linebacker.

"I was pretty happy with my performance [against Washington], but there's always room for improvement," McKillop said. "That's one of the things the coaches are stressing to the players: You either get better or worse. You don't stay the same."

McKillop, who's coming back from major knee surgery, said he's 100 percent healthy and does not worry about the injury.

"The knee's fine. It's not even in my mind," McKillop said. "In my mind, I don't have a bad knee. I have two great knees. I don't really think about it.

"We have a bunch of great linebackers here, and I was given the opportunity to play. It's an opportunity I'm trying to take advantage of, just learn from my mistakes and try to improve as a player."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

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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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

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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