Q: What have the last six weeks been like for you?
A: I have been focused on preparing for camp, going through the repetitions and staying level-headed and keeping things up.
Q: What are you expecting from this camp with a new coach and new quarterbacks?
A: I think it will be pretty interesting. We have a lot of new key pieces to the puzzle. We need to be out here and be together and away from everything else. We just have to focus and get after it.
Q: Even though you are a veteran and have been through a lot, how much of a change will Coach Marrone bring to your experience?
A: It will be something different, but, at the same time, whenever training camp comes, you embrace it. We have to lock in and focus. It’s all about football. Especially whenever you go away, it’s all we have. We’re all here together. We see each other all the time. It’s really to get us better acclimated to the season.
Q: What are your expectations for the front four?
A: We have to take it as a new year. We have new faces, a different staff and different schemes. Everything from the ground up is different, and we have to put last season behind us and not let it come into play this year. It’s a brand new year and everything is up for grabs.
Q: How important is it that the defense gels as a unit given the changes that have occurred?
A: It’s not only important in terms of personnel, but it’s also important for us to run the scheme. It’s going to demand a lot of us mentally and physically, especially going against an offense that has their tempo and style of play. It’s a good thing to face some things that we won’t normally face during the season. It’s good to get away from everything and just be with the team.
Q: How confident are you that the defense can pull it together before the season opener versus the Patriots?
A: I’m very confident. At the end of the day, we have a great coaching staff. They’re going to put everything in that we need to in a way that we can take it in and be able to hold on to it so we can bring it up instinctively on the field and not have to think. They will put us in good positions to make plays and be able to be productive.
Q: This is your second training camp, but do you regard this as a fresh start?
A: Every year is a fresh start. If you were going to ask anyone, from the bottom to the top, Super Bowl champions or not, no one will say that they will carry things over from last season. They know, as everybody else knows, that you have to come out and prove it again. It’s all about what you’ve done for the league lately. That’s what the NFL is about.
Q: With all of the changes, how realistic is it to consider this team as a contender?
A: It’s just as realistic as us standing here right now. At the end of the day, we have to go out and do it. No ifs, ands or buts about it. No excuses. No distractions. There is adversity every day. We have to be able to handle that and know that we are here now and we have to take care of business. It’s all about the Bills.
Q: Have you brought anything special to camp this year?
A: The only thing I’m bringing special is my mentality. I’m excited to be here, and I’m excited to be in this city with this team focusing on the Bills. That means everything to me.
Q: Is training camp especially soothing for you considering what you have endured over the off-season?A: I can’t let those distractions affect me in any way with how big this is for this city and for the fans and that is my mindset. I’m so excited to be here. It’s a very important time to get in here and learn, fine-tune the communication and seeing what’s possible. We have to execute and carry it out.