AFC East quote marks


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
A collection of quotes from around AFC East camps Monday:

Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards on how the Bills can improve their red zone efficiency:

"We've got to get to the red zone, first and foremost. That's the bottom line. And once we do get there we've got to be aggressive. But we've got to realize that we do have points on the board. We've got a really good field goal kicker, but we do have really good wide receivers and weapons to get the ball to. So there is a very fine line between being aggressive and attacking and designing great plays to get those guys the ball."

New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on getting Mark Sanchez more involved with the first unit:

"That's something we definitely want to do. We're not going to put a timetable on it. We're just a couple of practices in. A big part of it, like any rookie or player, is that you've got to earn those reps. So as Mark continues to get more comfortable and continues to grow which he's doing, we'll make sure we give him some more work."

Sanchez on getting first-team reps:

"As soon as that happens, there's going to be a good chance to make a move and it helps when you have all those tools. The running game, screens, gimmicks and stuff like, that just take a lot of the pressure off of you. It will happen soon, and that's when I have to be sharp."

Edwards on Terrell Owens confronting him about missed opportunities:

"Honestly, right now, I'm fine with that if it's just coming from competitiveness and wanting to win. I can take that. I've taken it before -- probably not on that level.

"You know, the media's doing a good job of noticing those things, but I'm not noticing it any more than when Lee [Evans] comes back to the huddle or when Marshawn [Lynch] or Fred [Jackson] comes back to the huddle. They're going to say something to me. It's all in communication in football.

"It's getting a lot of attention because of situations that have happened before, but, again, I don't feel like I really need to go into it that deeply in order to prepare myself for it actually happening."

Owens on working with Edwards:

"We are picking each other's brains, trying to get on the same page with certain routes and certain pass plays. There are some things we work on after practice, during the course of practice, depending on the coverage of the defense. It's one of those things that a quarterback and a receiver do."

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Leigh Bodden being more physical than other cornerbacks they've had in the past:

"He's a big kid. He's tough. He has long arms. He's good when he can get his hands on the receivers. He has good playing strength. I would say he's a physical corner. He's a good tackler, and he jams receivers well."

Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano on third-year receiver Ted Ginn's development:

"I would like to see it happen in the game with Ted, make the next jump that way. In the spring, I was very pleased with what Ted did out there. I thought his growth was outstanding, really made the next jump in playing faster, and I do not mean running faster. I mean playing faster, and that is something I thought he needed to do to take the next step -- seeing coverages a little bit easier, playing faster, making the game slow down just a little bit.

"I have seen that the last couple of practices. To me, he is playing a lot faster and a lot more confident. To take that progression into the game, something I am sure Ted is anxious to do, will be important."

Sparano on outside linebacker Matt Roth's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, claiming Roth has a strained groin and isn't sick:

"All I can tell you is what I know. I believe Matt Roth when Matt Roth is telling me that he is sick. This groin thing, it is the first time I have heard of it. We are going to investigate it, but I have been told on two different occasions that it is an illness. That is not what I was told was the reason for the performance [in a failed conditioning test] that I saw [Sunday]."

Patriots rookie Julian Edelman, a quarterback at Kent State, on transforming into a receiver/returner/gadget guy:

"I'm a rookie. I'm nothing right now. I just have to come out here and do what they tell me to do, and take advantage of the opportunities I'm given. ... I have to practice, obviously, a lot more. It's all about experience. I'm about a thousand punts away from where I want to be."

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on undrafted rookies:

"We ended up picking up Jim Leonhard, and he was a free agent out of college. Picked up Marques Douglas, free agent. Bart Scott. Somebody pointed that out to me. I was like, 'Man, looks like I hate draft picks or something.' That's not really the case, but maybe there's something to that.

"I think those guys have that mentality. They [were] around for only a few reasons. One is that they believe in themselves, and they're tough as heck, and they're going to do anything they can to find a way to get it done. Those are people that I want to surround myself with."