A week removed from the NFL Draft we asked the listeners, who had the best draft in the AFC East and if the draft could change the pecking order in the division? That was the topic of discussion throughout the show.
The Bills rookies will hit the field tomorrow for the start of the team’s rookie mini-camp. Third round pick out of Louisville, linebacker Preston Brown was in studio Friday. When Brown was in the starting lineup for Louisville, the Cardinals had an impressive record of 30-4. He hopes that trend continues as a member of the Buffalo Bills.
“I’m just trying to bring that aspect of any way I can help the team win, if it’s on special teams or on defense. No matter what I need to do. I’ll go out there and play fullback if I need to. I’m just out there to help the team win.”
Brown mostly played inside linebacker at Louisville and was touted as playing a solid run-stuffing role. That’s an aspect of his game he takes pride in.
“Last year I think we ended up number one in run defense and the number one defense overall. That’s one thing we really took into account, that it’s really a race to the ball every play.”
Brown will join Brandon Spikes in the middle of the Bills linebacking group to make sure the run defense is successful and consistent. Spikes and Brown were both coached by current Texas head coach Charlie Strong who instilled a run-stuffing mentality. Strong coached the linebacker unit at Florida when Spikes attended and was Brown’s head coach at Louisville.
“They (Bills) brought in Brandon Spikes and I’m here to learn from him. He’s another coach (Charlie) Strong guy so hopefully I get some courses and some answers on how he’s handled his four years in the NFL.”
We were also joined by the New York Jets Senior Reporter and Team Insider Eric Allen. Allen discussed the Jets 2014 draft class in which the Jets had 12 picks this year which included their first round choice, safety Calvin Pryor out of Louisville. A position the Jets were in dire need of.
“They were delighted that Calvin Pryor was there. Seven interceptions throughout his career with the Cardinals but a monster hitter and what Rex Ryan told me, that struck me, was that he’s an enforcer. He’s going to enforce that middle of the field and he’s also a play maker for Louisville. He’ll step in from day one and he’ll be patrolling back there for the Jets secondary.”
Allen also discussed the quarterback situation. In the offseason the Jets signed Michael Vick to battle for the starting spot with second year QB Geno Smith. Smith had an up and down rookie year but the consensus in New York is that he’s made a lot of headway in the offseason and is the front runner to be under center come September.
“He started protecting the ball better down the stretch (last season). He only had two interceptions over the last four games. What you saw from him down the stretch was that he started seeing the field better. He was making decisions quicker and when he didn’t have anything, he wasn’t forcing it. He was picking up yards on the ground and I think Vick can actually help him there as well.”
We also looked back on an interview we did in February with Super-Agent Leigh Steinberg. Steinberg’s recent book ‘The Agent’ gives readers a look at the true story behind the movie “Jerry Maguire” and recaps his 40-year career as a professional sports agent with numerous Hall of Fame players.
You can listen to Friday’s full John Murphy Show, below:
(Brown – 28:06, Allen – 01:03:58)
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