Former University at Buffalo running back, Branden Oliver called in from his hometown of Miami, Florida. Oliver is in midst of pre-draft workouts with a handful of NFL teams. Friday, the Miami Dolphins had Oliver in for a private workout. The 5’6″ running back is hopeful the face-to-face visits will pay off.
“I think seeing my physique, getting out of cuts, and my acceleration having that one cut. Being able to lower my center of gravity while I’m running the ball. I’ve been doing a lot of catching, also. They (NFL teams) have been throwing me the ball and I haven’t drop the ball yet. I can’t put pressure on myself, just go out there and have fun.”
Oliver also says NFL players like Ray Rice, Frank Gore, and other undersized running backs have been an inspiration to him.
Evan Silva, the Senior Football Editor from Rotoworld.com‘s NFL page, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics relating to the Bills. He had a strong view on quarterback EJ Manuel and is clear on his concern for the second year QB.
“I’m hoping he can step up his performance. His performance as a rookie was not promising for the future. It was not effective for the 2013 Bills. He played poorly as a rookie. There was no consistency to his on-field performance. We will see if that will happen in 2014.”
Silva did say that surrounding Manuel is a 10-win team and likes their defense to be another top-5 unit. He also discussed Buffalo’s need when it comes to the NFL Draft and the consensus at Rotoworld is that the Bills will go offensive tackle in the first round.
Finally, Brian Batrowny, one of the 14-members on the Bills Fan Advisory Board, gave us a fan’s perspective on the game day experience at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The committee, fresh off their second meeting, are trying to develop a line of communication between the fans and the Bills organization.
“This is part of the initiative is to get the word out there and to let the people know that the team wants the paying fans to enjoy the game.”
Batrowny says the committee reaches out to friends and family for suggestions on how to improve the relationship between the Bills organization and it’s fans.
You can hear more of the discussion with Batrowny and the rest of The John Murphy Show below:
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