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Bills' leaders react to Watkins, Darby deals

Read what Tyrod, Shady, Eric Wood, and Kyle Williams said

Sal Capaccio
August 12, 2017 - 8:47 am

Here are some things said by several of the Bills’ veteran players just a few hours after learning the team had dealt wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Ronald Darby away in separate trades:


QB - Tyrod Taylor

“Being in the league for almost seven years, you know that every day that you step into a building, it could be your last day. Things happen around the league. It’s definitely, like I said, just surprised. I wish Sammy the best. I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to him. I will call him today. It’s been a fast day, but definitely surprised.”

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RB - LeSean McCoy

“I’m sure everybody was shocked. But I’ve been in that situation. You get traded kind of unexpected, so I’m sure everybody was shocked like I was.”

On the plan for the organization in 2017:

“I don’t know. The good thing about that is it’s past my pay grade. Those guys make decisions for our team. As players and coaches, they coach and we play and that’s how it works.”

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DT - Kyle Williams

“I’ve been around long enough to know the only thing that’s constant is change. So, nothing totally shocks me anymore, but I was a little surprised this morning.”

On reflecting on his own decision to return in 2017 for his twelfth season:

“You could view it one way from my perspective if we got a [draft] pick this year [and] two two years from now. [But] we’re actually getting guys who are coming back to play those positions. I don’t scout and evaluate guys. So we’re actually getting people back and some picks. I know, more than anything, my attitude and my leadership and the way that I work can’t change. Because if it changes, guys change. And above all that I trust Sean [McDermott]. So I’m going to do what I’ve always done, and I’m going to go out there and get ready to win.”

On being a leader through the process:

“I think the main thing is you want to check in with those maybe first, second, third year guys maybe that aren’t accustomed to big change like that, or sudden change like that. I talked to a few guys today and I’m like, ‘listen, I think the only way our team is going to be any good is how we respond in high and low times and how we respond in sudden change on the field and off.' So, it’s an opportunity for us to see how we would react and I thought we had a good practice today.”

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C - Eric Wood

“They’re guys I’ve gotten close to over the years and it stinks, but it’s part of the business and I trust the direction of the team.”

On trusting that process:

“Well you just have to. And we’re sad to see Sammy go, but we were pretty effective on offense without him last year at times. So, we're adding a player in Jordan Matthews and hopefully he can come in and fill that void.”

On handling the situation with younger players who may be in shock

“I’m sure some guys are. You know when you see a guy of that caliber get traded, you know it kind of makes you think about your job security, especially younger guys that are new to this business. But that’s reality. There’s a lot of turnover in this business. They’re making decisions that they feel is best for this team and I’m not in charge. I stay in my lane and I’m supportive. I’m going to work my tail off and I’m still confident in our ability as an offense.


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