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."