Aaron Williams Q&A
June 29, 2012
The following is an excerpt from an interview of Aaron Willams with buffalobills.com originally posted on June 20, 2012.
How are you feeling these days? I am feeling really comfortable. Second year back, getting acquainted with the playbook. Just having trust in the safeties and [SS] George [Wilson] really helping me out and covering my back.
How is your knee? Knee is fine. No major injuries or anything.
Were you nervous about your knee last week? Nothing scary. Just being cautious about it.
How are you approaching the season? I am attacking this year like every year before it. I have standards, expectations and goals I want to accomplish, and I know what those are. The team and players know. All I have to do is do my job and everything will come together.
How do you feel about facing tall receivers? Last year I was mostly on the shorter guys like Wes [Welker], Santonio Holmes and other guys like that. This year being around David [Nelson] and Marcus [Easley], they help me out because they are two different styles of receivers. Tall receivers and short receivers. Coming out here competing and grinding together.
What are your thoughts on Bills RB Fred Jackson? Fred is a goof ball. He is the biggest kid I know at the age of 30, 29 or however old he is. He keeps me humble. Keeps me level headed. Beats me up. He is my older brother in the locker room. He is always beating me up. He took me under his wing when I got here so I am really blessed to have him.
How are you fitting in now that you are no longer a rookie? The first year you want to listen more than you talk. When you get used to everybody's personality and the chemistry of this team the trash talk starts coming out. Especially in mini-camp and training camp, too. It is all just competing, grinding each other and getting each other better. Even if it is a bad play I am not going to let you know that you had me on that one play. I am going to keep going.
Are you feeling more comfortable now? It is more about being comfortable and knowing your teammates. First year you do not want to mouth off to the veterans because you just got here and you have not proven anything. I have yet to still prove anything. Nobody has a starting job. I do not have a starting job. I am trying to prove to the coaches that they can rely on me.
How eager are you to put your full game on display after getting injured last season? You cannot really look at it like that. You cannot really control injuries. All you can really do from it is learn from it. One thing I learned in the league is to make plays you have to stay on the field. Being in the training room and getting with the nutritionist or strength and conditioning coach helps a lot.
What is the biggest difference between this offseason and last year's offseason? Having time to get to know the playbook. Last year I got thrown into the fire trying to learn the playbook as fast as possible before the first preseason game. Now I have had a chance to go to OTAs and mini-camp. We had a great attendance at OTAs--pretty much everybody came. As long as I am with George [Wilson], he is one of the smartest guys I know that understands the game. He calls the plays out before they ever happen. As long as I am with him studying in the film room and the classroom, and with [FS] Jarius [Byrd] and the veterans I should be fine.