Bills Insider Chris Brown took over the reins for tonight’s John Murphy Show, filling in as the host. Bills players had a surprise day off on Wednesday. Instead, Head Coach Doug Marrone took the team to the Airsoft gun and paintball range to get in a little team-building activity. Wide Receiver Kevin Elliott called in at the bottom of the first hour and admitted he showed up ready for practice but welcomed the sudden change of plans.
“We knew it was kind of weird at the beginning when we had our meeting. When we got in there, he (Doug Marrone) was like we’ve been doing a good job and we’re not going to practice today. We’re going to go do paintball as a team. The whole room got excited and started talking together.”
Elliott said the experience was a competitive one that included a lot of trash talking.
In last year’s preseason game against Minnesota, Elliott went down with a torn ACL that put him on injured reserve. During these OTAs he’s been back out there with his teammates running routes and making plays as a full participant.
“It’s a blessing. I’ll tell anyone, any day that I’d rather practice than rehab. Rehab is not something you want to do and when I first got cleared to start cutting and running routes I was like a kid in the candy store. I couldn’t wait to get out there and start putting in work.”
He’s been able to work a great deal with EJ Manuel during the offseason and now into the OTAs. Elliot admits the second year QB has been more vocal in leading the offense and has been a clear motivator to the teammates that surround him.
Elliott also discussed his role on special teams. He played on that unit in college at Florida A&M and also was a standout during his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars. This year, he’s been involved in all four aspects of special teams and hopes that added role can help him secure a roster spot.
“I’ve always liked playing defense. I’ve always liked the contact and I’ve always liked hitting people. That pretty much helps me out as a receiver as well in route running and blocking.”
At the top of the hour we were joined by Bills Digest Editor Mark Ludwiczak who went into detail discussing what he’s seen out of EJ Manuel and the rest of the team during these past 3 weeks of OTAs.
You can hear that conversation and the rest of The John Murphy Show hosted by Chris Brown by clicking below:
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