The Bills returned to the field to round out the week of organized team activities. To begin the show tonight, we continued with the ongoing discussion of the quarterback competition. We heard from Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel as they wrapped up another week of on-field work. We also updated the news of the day, which included the waiver claim of QB Matt Simms, the release of Jeff Tuel, and the free agent visit of former New England Patriot, linebacker Michael Buchanan.
As of late, no one has been mentioned more on the show than quarterback Tyrod Taylor, from both the listeners and those checking in on social media. We decided to sit Taylor down in-studio to discuss the current battle at the quarterback spot and where he has fit in during the first few days OTAs. Taylor discussed why he has been “preparing and training like a starter” and how the QB group has been pushing each other. He went on to talk about his skillset and why he’s been tabbed as an all-around quarterback who can run and throw.
“At the end of the day you have to move the chains. That’s a good thing and a guy like Aaron Rodgers does. People don’t know him for his athletic ability but he’s very athletic. He can move the chains whenever he needs to. Some games you’re going to have to run for a couple of first downs and some games you’re going to have to throw for a bunch of touchdowns. You have to be able to do whatever the game dictates and I’m ready to do that.”
Bills President Russ Brandon joined us to discuss the recent release of this year’s Training Camp Schedule and the team’s return to St. John Fisher College. Brandon talked about why he believes “this will be the best camp yet” and the impressions of the setup from head coach Rex Ryan and his staff. Brandon also mentioned the record setting season ticket sales and the increasing support from the fans.
“The most important thing is that when we line up here for all eight home games and our preseason games, that we have a full house and I have a pretty good feeling this place will be rocking” Brandon said. “We had very good season ticket sales last year and the number one factor when we do all the research, is direction of the franchise and I think people felt pretty good about where we were heading last year and then some of the free agent moves, with coach Ryan, and then obviously with the Pegulas. To me, that’s number one, to know that this franchise is on solid footing for generations to come and that they (the fans) feel good about where our franchise is.”
Finally, NFL.com Media Analyst Bucky Brooks called in to the show. The former Bills draft pick talked about his recent articles on the site, where he has gave high praise for the level of talent on the Bills roster. Brooks ranked the NFL’s Scariest Position Groups and his pick for NFL’s Most Talented Rosters. The Bills placed fairly high in both those rankings. Brooks talked about what he likes from this year’s Bills team.
“I was looking at the Buffalo Bills. They have a lot of talent and a lot of players entering their prime of their career playing at a high level. Because of that, when I measured them against some of the other teams, I felt like behind Seattle, I don’t know if there’s a more talented team in the National Football League when you consider Buffalo.”
Brooks also talked about the Bills defensive line and the players in the defensive backfield including Stephon Gilmore. To hear that and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, click here.
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