Another training camp practice in the books as we inch closer to the Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, Ohio. We brought up Andre Reed, who is awaiting his enshrinement and we asked the listeners to call in with their favorite memory of the Bills Hall of Fame receiver. We also threw out the topic of who might be the most improved player on the team? Wide Receiver Chris Hogan was one predicted along with Aaron Williams and Nigel Bradham.
Speaking of those players on the roster, Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos joined us at the bottom of the first hour. Monos is heavily involved in assembling this year’s roster, putting together the high caliber of talent on both sides of the ball, whether it was free agency or through the draft.
“I think everyone gets excited when you look at this team but at the same time we want to finish product. We want the end result and that’s getting wins. We’re very excited and you and I were just going about it earlier, the secondary, the defensive line, receiving corps, running backs. You put that up against any team in the NFL right now.”
Monos went down the roster and touched on specific positions like the new linebacker additions and the offensive line which has changed in the last year, specifically when it comes to size.
At the top of the hour we were joined by Hall of Fame receiver and former Bills receiving coach Charlie Joiner who called in from the Hall of Fame festivities in Canton. Joiner coached Andre Reed for eight years and talked about his time coaching the Bills receiving great.
“With Andre’s size at that time, I thought he was the best insider receiver in the league. He played in the slot and he played in the slot excellently…Andre can read the defense as good as anybody I’ve ever seen on a football field. I just enjoyed the way he played the game. He never got tired. He played hard and he just kept going and going. This guy was a joy to coach.”
Joiner called Reed the “truest of all professionals” and said he knew it was just a matter of time before Reed got the call to the HOF.
One of the reasons for the signs of improvement from QB EJ Manuel has come from the team’s new quarterback’s coach, Todd Downing. Downing joined us to round out the show to discuss just that. Downing says EJ Manuel has the tools and the skillset but most importantly the work ethic to be great.
“He’s a very hungry kid. He wants to be great. That’s half the battle. A lot of times you run into guys that think they know it all or their way is the right way and EJ is just the sponge. He wants all the information you can give him. Any drill we can do to get him better, footwork wise, he’s all for it. It’s exciting to work with a guy that wants to be great and wants to do anything you ask him to do to get better.”
In addition, Downing talked about offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and why he’s on his way to being a “super-star” coach in the league. He also touched on the rest of the quarterbacks on the roster, specifically Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel.
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