We took the John Murphy Show on the road Monday evening. The show went live from the NOCO Express location on the corner of Main and Youngs in Williamsville. A packed audience listened in to the show and joined us on-air to give their input on who is the most popular Bills player on the roster. They also received autographs from special guest, Bills running back Fred Jackson.
Jackson took a break from his signing session to discuss his feelings on meeting and greeting his fans. He also talked about the dedication he gives to the game and how that has led to his success in the league. That was evident during the team’s recently completed minicamp where Jackson won the Offensive Iron Bills Award for his work inside the training room.
“Anytime you get an award like that, I think it’s one that you relish. Coach (Eric) Ciano has done a tremendous job motivating guys to come in during the offseason and participate in things like this. You see the hard work pays off.”
Jackson also weighed in on what he has seen from the offense, especially the work put in by his quarterback EJ Manuel. He said he’s also looking forward to seeing a healthy C.J. Spiller return to the backfield.
We also heard a familiar name to Western New York. East Aurora native and Hamilton Tiger Cat Wide Receiver Luke Tasker called in to the show. Tasker, the son of Bills special teams ace Steve Tasker, gave us a preview of the upcoming CFL season, how training camp is going, and how he hopes his team can return to the Grey Cup Final. Tasker also helped those unfamilar with the Canadian Football League with the difference and challenge he had to experience at the receiver position.
“When I explain the game, most of the changes benefit the offense. There’s a larger field. There’s more space to run your routes. You have these waggle motions where you can approach the line of scrimmage and all the wide receivers are all moving and motioning before the snap of the ball. The one thing that is different, that might be an advantage to the defense, is that there is only three downs. There’s first and second and then you punt on third down. What that does, as well, is that it really makes the game roll along because instead of 3-and-out, you’re going 2-and-out, which makes it a very short drive.”
Tasker says he enjoys playing close to home and that he gets plenty of family and friends attending Hamilton home games. He also discussed his recent offseason broadcast work for WBBZ-TV here in Buffalo.
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