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DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 02: Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey watches the action during the fouth quarter of the preseason game at Ford Field on September 2, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Bills 28-23. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills closed up their spring/summer practices and head off on a break until training camp. Head coach Chan Gailey sat down to talk about how he feels the team is doing.

  “We got a lot done this week,” said Gailey shortly after the final workout. “We got a lot of situations looked at. We got a lot of situational football done this week, which was great. We needed to get that. I’ve just been pleased with the overall progress of our football team.”   With roughly a month off, Gailey tried to stress to the players that it's up to them now to stay in shape.   “I hope that they are pros,” he said. “That’s what you hope. If they’re not we’re in deeper trouble than we think they are. If they’re not smart enough or accountable enough to be in shape then we’re in dire straits. I think our guys are pros enough to come back in shape.”   That is the message, and some players are making sure that it's well received.    “We have to go out and do what we need to to stay in shape as we are now and be ready to come back and go to work,” said Fred Jackson. “We’re headed in the right direction. The best thing to do now is to come back and build on what kind of foundation we’ve got now.”   One player who has been working extremely hard to stay in shape and make a comeback of his own is Shawne Merriman. The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker is coming off Achilles surgery and is looking to regain his status as an impact player.   “The last couple of years I couldn’t really do the things that made me the players I am in this league,” said Merriman. “I’m blessed to be in this position now because I can go out now and really not think about if I burst too hard or do certain things will my Achilles hold up? That’s not a concern for me anymore. I can’t sit up here and say I’m 100 percent and I’m ready for the season, but what I’ve been able to do with my body and get ready for training camp and the season has been incredible,” he said. “My body is ready to take this on again and get back to doing the things I used to do.”   With high expectations and a roster full of promise, the Bills aren't quite ready to sit back and let their talent take over. The coaching staff and the players are all ready to work hard to ensure that they're ready to start winning.   “We feel like we’ve got a lot of prove,” said Jackson. “We’ve made some good moves during the offseason and that’s all it is, moves. We’ve got to come out and play football. We know that. We’ve got some valuable pieces added that are looking forward to coming in and contribute, so we want to go out and make a splash this year.”   Making a splash is exactly what Gailey wants to do, especially since the team has made plenty of improvements to an already emerging team.   “We’ve come a long way, but we don’t have any kind of record to show that and that’s our objective this year to show that,” said Gailey. “You can’t talk about it, you’ve got to go prove it.”

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