Weather turned what was going to be a quiet John Murphy Show into an exciting one as the team went under the lights for a night practice in Growney Stadium. Mark Kelso, Murph’s color analyst on the Bills broadcast joined him once again to help call the action and break down each play. We heard from Head Coach Doug Marrone, Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz, and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Andre Reed.
We also had some unexpected special guests. Right off the top of the show, NBC Football Lead Analyst Cris Collinsworth joined us in our St. John Fisher College Studio to discuss what he’s witnessed from this year’s team. He will be part of the broadcast crew that will call the Bills preseason game against the Giants in the Hall of Fame Game Sunday night. Collinsworth talked at length about EJ Manuel, specifically when it comes to his progression. He noted that “you can see the development.”
Collinsworth gave his thoughts on Sammy Watkins and what he likes from the rookie receiver even going back to his evaluations when Watkins was at Clemson.
After practice, former Bills Linebacker and former NFL Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer made an appearance. As a football evaluator for many years in the league, Schottenheimer gave his opinion on the Bills quarterback as well.
“I think if you’re a Bills fan, you’ve got to be very excited. Every time you look at a football team, the first thing people look at is the quarterback. I was so extremely impressed tonight with EJ (Manuel). I just thought he was terrific in accuracy and velocity. I think it’s an opportunity for these Bills fans to get behind this football team because I think they’re going to be very good.”
Schottenheimer also weighed in on the defense, what he misses most from coaching and playing in the NFL, and why he’s on a mission to seek out his favorite Buffalo food.
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