The Bills back on the field this morning for another session of OTAs, now just a week away from the team’s mandatory minicamp. We began the show pitching tonight’s topic. How do you see the wide receiver group shaking out? What’s a realistic number of wide-outs the team can keep on the 53-man roster?
Right in the middle of that group is Bills wide receiver/return specialist Marcus Thigpen. Thigpen joined us to kick off tonight’s guest set as he looked back at his 2014 season where he joined the Bills late in the season. He talked about his play on special teams and his punt return for a touchdown in the win over the Packers. Hoping to stick with the Bills this season, Thigpen discussed the crowded field at wide receiver and how he wants to stand out by making plays on the field to “impress the coaches.” He opened up about being released numerous times over his career and how he almost called it quits before finally catching on here in Buffalo.
“Getting cut, there’s a lot that goes into it. People don’t really understand the sacrifices that we have to make from our families when we leave. I was at a point where I was ready to wrap it up and my wife told me to, ‘Give it one more try. You didn’t come this far for no reason.’ I decided to go with it and it’s working out well so far.”
Next up, we dove into stadium talk with St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter David Hunn. Hunn has kept a close eye on the group designing plans for a stadium in St. Louis in hopes of keeping the Rams from possibly moving to Los Angeles. Hunn has also been out to Inglewood, California and gave an update on their plans to bring NFL back to Los Angeles, which is ironically being designed by current Rams owner Stan Kroenke.
“It’s maddening for some people. People really don’t like Stan Kroenke in St. Louis. If he didn’t talk before and that irritated him, now he’s moving the team without saying he’s moving the team. It’s just very frustrating for Ram lovers.”
Finally, we reached out to Senior NFL writer at CBSSports, Will Brinson to get an overall look at the happenings around the NFL. He weighed in with his thoughts on the push to get a team in Los Angeles. Brinson went on to discuss Rex Ryan joining the Bills and how he enjoys having a confident Rex Ryan back in the NFL for the national media to cover.
“It’s so nice to have fun Rex back in our lives. The last two years, especially the last year in New York, it was kind of depressing to see Rex with a little swagger out of his system. To see him rejuvenated by ownership and management in Buffalo and been given the authority to swing his sword in the fashion he likes to swing it, it’s been fun to watch, I can’t lie.”
Brinson also talked about the mega deal for quarterback Cam Newton in Carolina and what that means for Russell Wilson over in Seattle. To hear that and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.
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