Last day of practice before the team departs for Carolina and their game against the Panthers Friday night. We began the show asking the viewers their pick for the most underrated player on the team. There was quite a variety of responses ranging from Robert Woods to Nickell Robey. We also heard from head coach Doug Marrone and quarterback EJ Manuel after today’s practice session.
Our first guest was quarterback Jeff Tuel. Tuel had an impressive game Sunday night against the Giants, getting reps with the number two offense. Tuel hooked up with Robert Woods for the first and only touchdown of the game for the Bills. He talked about this past weekend and also looked ahead to the upcoming game in Carolina. He has put in the work during this offseason and in camp and now has a solid grasp of the offense. Tuel said he wants to know the system “better than coach Hackett” and work to better himself and at the same time help the other quarterbacks on the roster.
“Thad (Lewis) and I are going back and forth. I think it’s great for the room. I think it’s great for each other. I think it’s good for EJ (Manuel) as well. Any competition is good competition so work on all-for-one and one-for-all. I’m going to push Thad and Thad’s going to push me. We’re both going to push EJ. Whatever it is, I think it’s really healthy for the room and the team.”
Tuel discussed his new quarterback coach Todd Downing and how he’s helped the offense. He also touched on the receiving group and how it’s easy to “just cut it loose for those guys.”
At the top of the hour we were joined by Kevin Clark, the National NFL writer for the Wall Street Journal. Clark recently wrote an article about the future of defense in the NFL. He discussed specifically the hybrid safety role. He mentions specifically Rob Ryan’s defensive scheme in New Orleans using Kenny Vaccaro in an unconventional way lining up, at times, in the linebacker spot.
Clark also talked about the tablet technology that teams are utilizing. Coaches and players use their tablets to watch game film and gather information in a dependable and reliable way. Clark mentioned those teams that understand the up-to-date technology can be more efficient in their game planning.
Finally, we were joined by NY Jets Team Insider Eric Allen. Allen discussed a variety of topics relating to the Jets, including the quarterback situation between Geno Smith and offseason acquisition Michael Vick. He weighed in on the other training camp battles as well. Allen also gave us the story lines for the team’s preseason debut, Thursday night against the Colts.
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