We began tonight’s show with the news of the day, which included the league handing down a one game suspension for Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. Bills head coach Rex Ryan announced that Hall of Famer Andre Reed will be assisting the coaching staff at this year’s training camp, as a member of the Bill Walsh Fellowship Coaches program. Reed will work as an intern under receivers coach Sanjay Lal. We also discussed Rex Ryan’s team-bonding exercise, as he took his entire team bowling Thursday morning.
Before the players depart for the long weekend, we brought in undrafted free agent defensive end Cedric Reed. Reed has been participating in the team’s offseason workouts and has been picking the brains of the veterans that surround him, including defensive end Mario Williams, who Reed grew up watching down in Texas. Reed discussed his time here so far, going undrafted, and a knee injury that affected him during his senior year. Despite that, he started 32-straight games to end his career at Texas.
“I never missed a game. That was one of my goals going into college is to not be one of those injured guys. One of those guys that was on and off the field, always hurt, and always in the training room. I didn’t want that on my shoulders, so I made that a goal.”
Reed and the rest of the Bills players will return for next week’s OTAs.
ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando joined us at the top of the second hour to discuss his recent piece on the site, grading each team on their offseason. When it came to the Bills, Sando, along with a few other contributors gave Buffalo a ‘B+’ with their offseason free agent and draft pick acquisitions. He also went down the rest of the league, including why he gave high marks to AFC East rival, the New York Jets and his low marks for teams like the San Francisco 49ers.
And finally, with Memorial Day around the corner, we decided to look back at the unfortunate death of former Bills offensive lineman Bob Kalsu, who in 1970 was killed in action while fighting in Vietnam. Todd Tobias from the website Tales From the American Football League joined us to round out the show. The website, as Tobais calls it, is to “edutain” (educate + entertain) with stories regarding the AFL. Tobias looked back at Kalsu, the Bills draft pick who decided to enter the Army and fight in the Vietnam War and discussed the sacrifice he made.
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