THREE DOWNS

Street Talk THREE DOWNS

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Three downs with Derrick Mason
 
1. On emotions Willis McGahee might experience today: â€œThey’re high. You want to put on a good performance. In Willis’ situation, I don’t know, because maybe the way he departed, but I know, watching over his career, he had a lot of really good games in that stadium. It’s going to mean something to him because a lot of those guys he played with, wept with, had tough time, good times with, they’re his friends also.
"So, it’s going to be one of those situations where before the ball gets kicked off, your emotions are going. Once the ball gets kicked off, you forget about it. You’re playing against them as opposed to playing for them.”
2. On advice for McGahee: “He doesn’t need any advice. The thing is, enjoy it. Enjoy whatever the organization, the Buffalo Bills or the city of Buffalo, choose to do for you as far as if they’re going to cheer you or whatever. Even if they boo you, enjoy it. But when that coin is tossed and that ball is kicked off, it’s all about business.
"I think that’s what Steve McNair and Samari Rolle and myself realized. Going back, we really did appreciate what the organization did for us even in that game, even before the game, and the fans cheering. But once the ball was kicked off, we’re playing for the Ravens. Let’s get a win.”
3. On whether the Ravens are more of a threat to go deep with Kyle Boller: "You’re not going to pull me into this one. Even with Steve McNair, we have a deep-ball threat. With Kyle, we have a deep-ball threat. It doesn’t matter. We threw the ball down the field last week because that’s what the defense dictated.

"So however Buffalo chooses to play their defense, we’ve got to counter with something. So if they choose to back off, then we have to make the best of that. But if they want to press, we have to be able to go down the field and make some plays.”
Three downs with Bills wide receiver Lee Evans

 

1. On Ravens running back Willis McGahee as a teammate, and the trade: “He was great as a teammate, very personable around the locker room, talked to all the guys. When we were out on the field, he played hard. He was certainly a guy that you would want to play for. He was good all the way around. No hard feelings around here about him.
 
"You figured that if they decided to do something like that, then they obviously want to go in a different direction. Anytime you lose somebody who had done so much for your team and was so much a part of your success, it made it tough. That’s the nature of the business.”
2. On if Trent Edwards gives his team its best chance to win: “It’s hard to say. He’s a young quarterback. He’s very talented. What he’s done so far, stepping in, I think he’s done a very good job. We’ll certainly see.
"He certainly has the tools to be a very good quarterback. He steps out there with a lot of poise and a lot of confidence, so it’s important to improve every week.”
3. On the difference between Edwards and J.P. Losman: “J.P. has a stronger arm. Just innately, he’s a little better at throwing the deep ball. Trent has a very quick release, so he gets the ball out. Some of those timing routes, the ball gets up on you really quick.
"Just two totally different types of quarterback. J.P. is a little bit more mobile, can make things happen out of the pocket. Trent is more of a pocket passer."

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Aaron Wilson

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson

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