McDermott talks about young players heading into game against Dolphins

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Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott addressed the media Wednesday morning before this Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

McDermott was asked about the play of the many young players on this year’s team, “you watch some of the highlites from the game, and you’re watching first and second year players, a lot of those guys are not only playing, but making big plays in the game.”

McDermott talked about the importance of keeping younger players ready to go this time of year,”the rookie wall is real, since being around the league for several years, it’s real, you balance it out a little bit with trying to adjust the schedule and the reps so we get these guys as fresh as possible this time of year.”

McDermott talked about one of those players, wide receiver Robert Foster, who has had a roller coaster season, being cut once , signed to the practice squad, being promoted to the active roster and having two solid receiving games in a row for the team.  “Sometimes people need a wakeup call, this is life in the NFL, you’re not on scholarship, and some guys need to understand that.  I noticed a change in his approach, in his understanding that this is serious, that in a moments notice things change, this is the NFL and there’s a million people outside that want our jobs.” 

When asked about punter Colton Schmidt being cut and the difficulty the team has had with that position, McDermott says the team needs to continue to find better quality than they have had.  The Bills signed punter Matt Darr yesterday. Darr had previously punted for the Dolphins.

On the injury front, Guard John Miller (oblique), Lafayette Pitts (concussion), Kyle Williams (rest), and Lorenzo Alexander (rest) will not practice on Wednesday.  Quarterback Derek Anderson (concussion) will be limited in practice.  McDermott said both Pitts and Anderson remain in the concussion protocol.

The Bills travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins this Sunday.  That game can be seen on Channel 4 at 1pm.  

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