We return to live radio after the long weekend break. The Bills kicked off OTAs this morning as they enter in another phase of offseason training. We began with a rundown from what we saw out of today’s session and looked ahead to the rest of the week.
First up, Head Coach Rex Ryan joined us to discuss day one of the OTAs. He talked about what he liked and disliked from the players out on the field. He weighed in with his thoughts on the new defensive scheme and his impressions from some “scary” talent he has on that side of the ball. Ryan went on to update the quarterback competition, putting no timetable on the outcome, saying it may run two to three weeks into training camp. He also shared some high praise for QB Tyrod Taylor.
“I’ve been very impressed with him as far as his ability to pick things up. He’s been very impressive that way. The thing about him is that he’s short but he’s not small. This is a guy that’s slapped together pretty good. You think of Russell Wilson. I’m not saying he’s Russell Wilson but I’m not saying that he isn’t either. This is a guy that’s put together. Probably the fastest quarterback in the league, runs about a 4.4. I think he has those traits and he has a heck of an arm. We’ll see if he can put it all together.”
At the top of the second hour, we were joined by Hall of Famer Andre Reed. Reed will be working as an intern during training camp as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. He will be working closely with receivers coach Sanjay Lal. Reed called in to talk about his upcoming opportunity coming back to assist with the team he had so much success with.
“I’m very serious about this. This is great talented group of guys that the Bills have there at that position. To be a part of it and to add my expertise and be there as a mentor for anything that they need, from a football standpoint and from any standpoint, I feel like I can give that to them. That’s really what the whole thing is about.”
Finally, an interesting look into quarterback training from Stanford football coach Derek Belch, the founder, along with former Bills quarterback Trent Edwards, of STRIVR Labs. Belch and his team have developed a virtual reality sports trainer, which puts players right into the film they are watching to then participate in the play as it unfolds. Belch talked about the reasoning behind it and how it can be a game changer in the way players and coaches prepare for game days.
To hear the complete interview with Belch and the rest of Tuesday’s The John Murphy Show, click here.
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