On the campus of St. John Fisher College for tonight’s show. Set up and ready for another year of Bills Training Camp. We asked the viewers what their expectations are for the upcoming season. Some gave their ideas of what the Bills record will be and some gave specific examples, including what they hope to see out of quarterback EJ Manuel and the Bills winning the AFC East.
Bills General Manager Doug Whaley made his way over to our setup to be our first guest for the show. Whaley talked about the unique experience this camp offers to the team and its players. He also discussed what he expects after they break camp in five weeks.
“Hopefully come out healthy, have a better sense on those position battles, who is going to be on our starting lineup. Then get tuned up ready for the season. Obviously see a healthy EJ (Manuel) to keep progressing and keep getting better.”
Whaley also filled us in on who might take the place of the injured Kiko Alonso. That includes a handful of players that might end up on either side of the linebacking corp. He discussed Seantrel Henderson, who looks to fill the void at the start of camp for offensive lineman Cordy Glenn, who is out until further notice with an illness. Whaley also mentioned what he likes out his rookie draft class and why there won’t be as much pressure placed on quarterback EJ Manuel as some would think.
USA Today Sport Weekly’s Scott Pitoniak called-in at the top of the first hour. Pitoniak covers the AFC East and the Buffalo Bills from right here in Rochester. He talked about the atmosphere of camp and what he looks forward to each year at St. John Fisher College. He also gave his insight on this year’s team including what he thinks of “the deepest running back group in the league.” Pitoniak also gave an update from around the AFC East.
Finally, Bills Safety Aaron Williams capped off the show. Williams arrived this afternoon for move-in day here on campus. He talked adamantly and confidently about his role on the team. Following the departure of safety Jairus Byrd, the coaching staff asked Williams to take on the leadership role in the defensive backfield.
“I accepted that role and I was ready for that role last year. Knowing my personality, I was sitting back and learning from Fred (Jackson) and Kyle Williams and (Jairus) Byrd. There’s different ways to lead this team and I’ve learned that from a lot of guys with different personalities. They’ve helped me out to understand what I can provide for next year.”
Williams also talked about how he is a big hitter and how the intensity of that moment following a big hit “is huge” and can increase momentum.
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