The past two weeks of training camp saw a lot of national pundits make their way through St. John Fisher College. They all had a chance to view quarterback EJ Manuel and give their opinion on the second year QB. Back on Monday night, we had both Cris Collinsworth from NBC Sports and former NFL Head Coach Marty Shottenheimer on the show. They talked at length about what they saw from Manuel and both had positive reviews. We asked the listeners, with the credentials those two hold, do you trust their opinion of EJ Manuel and should we be critiquing the quarterback with so much detail this early in camp?
Our first guest was Bills rookie linebacker Preston Brown. Brown is gearing up for his first NFL preseason game this coming Sunday. So far he’s shown the coaching staff that he can handle whatever has been thrown at him, specifically when it comes to learning all three linebacking positions. He’s concentrating on playing specifically in the middle and working on his strengths, tackling and stopping the run.
“That’s one of the biggest keys of the game. You have to tackle the ball carrier and that’s why I try to be around the ball as much as much as possible.”
Brown also discussed the influence from his father and why he loves being a student of the game.
At the top of the first hour we were joined by Bleacher Report’s Nick Kostos. Kostos recently went through each position in the league and gave his choice for those that will be most improved in 2014. At cornerback, Kostos had Bills defensive back Stephon Gilmore.
“I expect Gilmore to be left out on an island quite frequently and I think he proved at the end of last season that he is up for the challenge. We saw his skills coming out of college. I think this is the year, now fully healthy, that Stephon Gilmore takes the leap to superstardom for the Buffalo Bills.”
Kostos projected Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to improve drastically at the quarterback position given better play from the offensive line.
Finally, former Vikings and Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk called-in to the show. Birk has recently taken a new job as the NFL director of football development. He will be working with players and coaches to help advance the game. Birk weighed in on player safety and how the culture is changing when it comes to concussion awareness. He mentioned that the NFL is leading the way and the results are showing as such. He also discussed what he missed most from playing the league which includes the camaraderie with his teammates.
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