Inside The Bills

Mike Sando: Grading Every NFL Team’s Offseason

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 21, 2015 – 9:37 pm

 

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.

Reed picBefore 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.

bob kalsuESPN 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.

To hear that and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Carpenter: PATs, “An adjustment for all of us”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 20, 2015 – 9:16 pm

 

All quiet here as Bills players continue their offseason workouts, gearing up for next week’s OTAs. We began the show with updates from the league meetings in San Francisco, as Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media. We also got into more detail over the upcoming change to extra points and how the scoring change will impact the NFL next season. Plenty of reaction to that from the listeners.

carpenter picWith that being said, we decided to reach out to Bills placekicker Dan Carpenter to get his opinion on the PAT modifications. Carpenter was open about his dislike for the change. He talked about what adjustments need to be made and why he feels it brings up unnecessary situations that normally wouldn’t occur.

“Your team is going in to score and it’s 3rd & 1 from the one-yard line and if they don’t get it, you go on and kick a 19-yard field goal. Now, if they score a touchdown, you back up and kick a 33-yard field goal for one point. Another scenario is that a team is driving or just started a drive and you’re on your own twenty and a running back, LeSean, breaks out and houses one for 80-yards, now I have to jump off the bench, cold that I have been sitting on for fifteen minutes and run out and kick a 33-yard field goal instead of a 20-yard extra point. It’s stuff like that no one thinks about but us thirty-two guys that have to do it for a living.”

Carpenter also stated that it may cause a delay in the game while officials are setting up for either the extra point or a two-point try.

Staying inside the building, we brought in-studio Bills linebackers coach Bobby April, III. April, whose name is familiar to Bills fans because his father coached special teams here from 2004-2009. He talked about the influence his father had on his coaching career. Now, April is with his second team under Rex Ryan and spoke about why coach’s sons are favored with the Bills head coach.

DSC_4647“Coach’s sons are really loyal and I think he sees that and loyal to whomever they’re working with. Most guys have been around players their entire lives. For myself, I’ve been around NFL players since I was nine-years-old. It’s not too big for me. I know these guys. I’ve had lunch at their house and they’ve come to my parents’ house, so I wasn’t star struck at all.”

April even discussed a unique story in Philadelphia and how he got his start in the league under, then head coach, Andy Reid.

Finally, we caught up with Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. The third year wide-out is looking to get back on track after a tough 2014 season, sharing his thoughts on his second year in the league. He discussed his interaction with new goodwin picreceivers coach Sanjay Lal and shared his view on the new-look WR group.

“We got that fire in the room. We got a lot of heat in there and a lot of speed. A lot of guys that are willing to put it all out on the line, willing to work every day, work together, and not really compete against each other, in the sense of not trying to tear each other down. We do compete with each other. We’re making each other better and I couldn’t ask for a better room.”

To hear more from Goodwin, including what he thinks of the talent in the return game and the rest of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Heath Evans: This Bills Team “is scary” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 19, 2015 – 9:26 pm

 

The Bills finalizing the singing of their six draft picks today, inking second round selection, cornerback Ronald Darby. You heard from Darby to start the show along with offensive coordinator Greg Roman and head coach Rex Ryan as they praised their third round pick, guard John Miller. The Patriots making news, yet again. Team Owner Robert Kraft coming out Tuesday afternoon to confirm that the team will not appeal the discipline the league has handed down for the deflation of footballs. Also, the change in extra points for 2015. A jam packed show Tuesday night.

O'leary picBills tight end coach Tony Sparano, Jr. joined the show at the bottom of the first hour. Sparano talked about his influence from his father, former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and how he’s helped shape his NFL coaching career so far. Sparano discussed his impressions of Buffalo and how he can’t wait to be part of the passion that surrounds the team. Sparano is now “thrilled” to call Buffalo home. He went on to discuss his tight end group, which includes free agent addition Charles Clay and sixth round draft pick Nick O’Leary.

“This guy (O’Leary) is a much better athlete than he’s been given credit for by a lot of people. He’s big, he moves around, and the thing you love about him, that I certainly love about him, is that this guy is just a tremendous football player. He’s a good football player. He does a lot of things really well. You turn on the tape and this guy really competes. He competes every single play, play-in and play-out. It doesn’t matter what the job is he’s asked to do. This guy rolls his sleeves up and whatever it takes to get the job done, this guy wants to do it.”

At the top of the second hour, we got a national perspective on the team as we brought in NFL Network Analyst and former NFL fullback Heath Evans. Evans recently gave his bold prediction for the Bills in 2015, having them finish at 12-4 and overtaking the Patriots for tops in the AFC East. Evans discussed his rationale behind the projection, calling this year’s Bills team “scary.”

“You look at the collective talent. You look at what Rex (Ryan) brings to a ball club. You look at what his philosophy is and how he wants to manage the offensive side of the ball. Then Greg Roman’s creative ability to diagnose and design plays to put his talented players in position to succeed and I think Matt Cassel is the prime candidate to make this offense exactly what it needs to be, to let this team thrive on defense.” Evans went on to say he’s “excited to watch a hard-nose ball club.”

Evans is also the co-owner and founder of Generositrend. He’s got a promotion right now given to any subscriber of Generositrend who simply tweets @HeathEvans44 using specific hashtags listed on the website, https://generositrend.com/index.html

Just a day after the Dolphins signed their franchise quarterback, Ryan Tannehill to a long-term deal, we decided to get some background into the contract extension from Dolphins writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Chris Perkins. Perkins called the contract a “no more excuses” agreement and that he expects him to have the Dolphins at least compete for a Super Bowl appearance.

To hear more from Perkins and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Ty Powell: Eying a Starting Role – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 18, 2015 – 9:18 pm

 

Back for another week here at One Bills Drive. We began with the news of the day, which included the Bills signing 6th round pick, Tony Steward. You heard from the former Clemson LB moments after he signed. Around the NFL, Brandon Spikes heads back to New England and the Dolphins locking up quarterback Ryan Tannehill, which brought up to tonight’s topic. We asked the listeners to rank the quarterbacks in the AFC East? Plenty of reaction to that tonight.

ty-powell-mike-lb-storyLinebacker Ty Powell joined us to kick off our guest list. Powell discussed his new role in the LB group and how he’s fitting in under Rex Ryan’s new defensive scheme, even sharing his thoughts on the recent praise from his head coach. He discussed his goal heading into the 2015 season, eying a starting spot on the Bills defense.

“I want to be on the team. I want to be on the field. I want to be a contributor to this team and make it to that Super Bowl and I think we have a really great chance.”

At the top of the second hour, we reached out to 13 WHAM-TV Sports Director and Bills Television Network sideline reporter Mike Catalana. Catalana weighed in with his thoughts on the AFC East quarterback rankings and the Dolphins extension of Ryan Tannehill. He also touched on the Bills current quarterback situation and the competition within.

Finally, we went back in the team’s locker room and brought out undrafted rookie wide receiver Andre Davis. Davis talked his approach to signing on with a team after he went undrafted, his college career at South Florida, and how his size might benefit the wide receiving corps. Davis discussed his college career of making big impactful plays in the air.

DSC_9203“I feel like that’s what I do best. I have great ball skills and I love the deep ball. I love going up and making plays.” Davis said. “I know how to use my body, I know how to contort myself in the air. I have great body control and I have had that for a long time. My dad taught me how to go up and catch the ball. I have great hand-eye coordination, so that’s my game.”

Davis also touched on his participation in the team’s rookie minicamp a couple of weeks ago and what tips he has picked up from receivers coach Sanjay Lal. To hear that and the rest of Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Joyner: Why the Bills Will Make the Playoffs

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 15, 2015 – 9:19 pm

 

Tony  StewardAnother week of offseason activity wrapping up at One Bills Drive. The rookies had a busy day Friday, taking the annual Rookie Tour of Buffalo and the surrounding areas. One of them, sixth round pick Tony Steward was along for the ride. The linebacker out of Clemson joined us to kick-off the show. He talked about his first impressions of Western New York, taking in Niagara Falls, New Era Cap, and even a special visit to Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Steward went on to talk about his first two weeks in Orchard Park and where he has been fitting in during the on-field sessions.

At the top of the second hour we reached out to ESPN Insider KC Joyner. In his latest article on ESPN.com, Joyner predicts the Bills will make the playoffs in 2015 and put the reason behind it on new head coach Rex Ryan, comparing Ryan’s charisma to former Yankees Manager Billy Martin. He believes Ryan can help improve an already top defense and his creativity across the board will push the team into rex ryanthe post season.

Finally, John Turney, a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association joined us to discuss the 2014 class of the “Hall of Very Good.” The Hall recognizes players and coaches that had outstanding careers but are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Turney also shared some insight on Bruce Smith’s sack numbers as well.

To hear the entire interview with Turney and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Cassel: “You’re always out there competing”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 14, 2015 – 9:16 pm

 

We began the show with the news of the day, which included the Bills signing two of their 2015 Draft Picks, third rounder John Miller and fifth round selection, RB Karlos Williams. We heard from both of them to kick off the show.

Bills quarterback Matt Cassel joined us at the bottom of the first hour. Cassel opened up and shared a few thoughts on the recent criticism regarding the Patriots deflation of game balls and his relationship with Tom Brady. He went on to talk about his time living in Buffalo, his continued love for the “shout” song, and the competition at the quarterback spot.

matt cassel“You’re always out there competing, no matter what. There’s definitely a sense of a quarterback competition here. Obviously, when the head coach says there’s a quarterback competition and there’s no defined starter, you’re in a competition. Now, from your approach as a quarterback, because I’ve been through it a lot, you can’t worry about the other guy and what they’re doing. All you can worry about is how you can make yourself the best player you can be and at the same time show the coaching staff that you know the offense, you’re going to be accountable, and you’re going to be able to go out there and win ball games for them.”

Cassel also discussed adapting to Greg Roman’s offense and the working relationship the quarterback group has with QB Coach David Lee.

At the top of the second hour, we were rejoined by the Bills VP of Operations and Guest Experience Andy Major. Major updated the latest issues and agendas tabled by the Fan Advisory Board during their latest meeting. He discussed improving the fan experience when it comes to entry into Ralph Wilson Stadium, updating the list of prohibited items, and even ideas to better utilize the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Sunday’s. Major also addressed the improvement of fan behavior on game days.

fans“I would thank the fans. They care about their game day experience and so do we. The support from our fans and from our season ticket members especially, to say ‘thank you, we notice additional uniformed sheriff. We’ve seen your staff be proactive and taking care of issues, thank you.’ That goes a long way and we share that with our staff because sometimes they feel like they’re not making a difference but when we’re able to share some of those experiences and that feedback with our staff, it makes them feel good that they are making a difference and they do see a change and we do have numbers that support things are changing in Buffalo for Bills games for the better.”

Major went on to talk about the upcoming summer concerts coming to the Ralph and the increase of Bills season ticket holders.

Finally, we reached out to John Breech of CBSSports.com to discuss next week’s NFL League Meetings, specifically when it comes to potential rule changes and the tabled proposals for changing extra points.

To hear that interview and the complete John Murphy Show from Thursday, click here.


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John Conner: Excitement with the Bills Run Game

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 13, 2015 – 9:15 pm

 

Veterans and rookies continuing their offseason workouts inside the ADRPO Sports Training Center. Afterwards, head coach Rex Ryan spoke to the media. We heard from him and quarterback EJ Manuel to begin the show. We asked the listeners; With the bulk of talent in the offensive backfield, come season start, how will that position group look? Who will stick around and who will be left on the outside? A decent amount of reaction on that topic tonight.

conner-john-storyWe sat down with the Bills new fullback, John Conner. Conner signing with the team this morning. He reunites with Rex Ryan and running back coach Anthony Lynn from his time in New York with the Jets. He discussed his familiarity with the staff, his excitement for a ground-and-pound offense, and where he will fit in with both special teams and the offensive backfield.

“I think it’s an exciting thing when you sign two fullbacks. That means there’s going to be some running involved. That definitely got me a little excited. I’m just going to go out there and give it my best and try to help this team out the best way I can, whether that be on offense as well as on special teams. I’m just really excited to get going and show what I can do out there.”

Conner went on to talk about his various nicknames and his involvement in HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ during his rookie season with the Jets in 2010.

At the top of the second hour, we were joined by the editor of NFL.com’s Around the NFL, Greg Rosenthal. Rosenthal talked about the competition around AFC East, weighing in on the race for the division, and why he believes the Patriots will hang on to that top spot. We asked him about his recent article on the site where he projects the Bills week one starters. Rosenthal discussed the battle at QB and had an interesting take on the team’s defensive backfield. All-in-all, he feels the Bills are primed for a post-season run.

“I think the Bills are taking the approach that they will have the best defensive line in football. That they’re going to have a top-five defense and that they will be able to run the ball. They will be surrounding (Matt) Cassel with more weapons than he’s ever had. I think if you have that, you can win some games and be good enough to get in the playoffs.”

 

We rounded out the show by bringing on Boston.com sports columnist Eric Wilbur. Wilbur weighed in with his take on the recent discipline for the Patriots and Tom Brady and how he thinks the team could have avoided their punishment by being upfront early and using “honesty as their best policy.”

 

To hear that and the rest of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Karlos Williams: Ready to Call Buffalo Home

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 8, 2015 – 9:11 pm

 

The week ends with the start of the team’s Rookie Minicamp. All the Bills draft selections along with plenty of undrafted talent and tryout players invaded the ADPRO Sports Training Center. The three-day camp will continue throughout the weekend. After today’s session we heard from head coach Rex Ryan and the team’s second round pick, Ronald Darby.

IMG_2318Bills 5th round selection, rookie running back Karlos Williams joined us to kick off our guest set. Williams talked about last weekend being selected by the Bills, saying “I just knew I was going to Buffalo.” He went on to discuss his transition from the defensive side of the ball to the offensive backfield during his time at Florida State, using his size and athletic ability to make the successful conversion.

“Being that big back in that role, it set me up for ‘OK, I’m a big guy, I’m a straight-ahead guy, I’m not a side-to-side kind of guy.’ We had Delvin Cook, we had Mario Pender, Ryan Green for that. So, I kind of took on that role and coach (Jimbo) Fisher definitely embraced it. He understood that certain plays were for Karlos, some plays are not for Karlos. We know he can catch, we know he can block, we know he can run block. I took that attitude into the offseason and transitioned into the draft. I went to the draft weighing 230. I measured in at 6’1″, 230, ran a 4.48 my first attempt in the forty. That definitely helped my draft stock and made a lot of people’s eyes open like ‘whoa, this guy is big, he can run, he can catch.’ So I definitely believe that gave Buffalo the idea that they were going to give this guy a shot. Very blessed and very happy they did.”

Sticking with the draft, we brought in Pro Football Focus’s Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo. The site gave their post-draft grades for each player drafted along with an in-depth look at some of the undrafted free agents signed by the Bills. He ran down the list of picks and discussed why sixth round pick Nick O’Leary was given the College Football Focus Stamp of Approval, a value pick in the mind of Palazzolo.

“He was a productive player and that’s what we’re able to measure. How well did he play, how well did he block, how well did he catch the ball? O’Leary passed those tests. The problem will be the athleticism. This is going to be an interesting test of a guy that isn’t particularly athletic, doesn’t have that classic tight end body but I think if you have him at a number two tight end role, he will be serviceable. I think he can block well enough. He’s sure handed. He only dropped one pass out of forty-nine. I think he’s that dependable tight end type of option and was extremely productive in college.”

To hear that and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Dez Lewis: Adding Size to the WR Group

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 7, 2015 – 9:36 pm

 

Nearing the end of the week here at One Bills Drive. Today, the rookies arrived on-scene for physicals and team photos. They will hit the field to kick off the team’s rookie minicamp Friday morning. We began the show with the news of the day, which included the Cowboys signing of former LSU guard La’el Collins and the retirement of all-pro safety Ed Reed in Baltimore.

john-miller-storyBills 3rd round pick John Miller will be out there this weekend with the rest of the rookie teammates as he looks towards grabbing a starting spot along the offensive line. To find out more on Miller, we reached out to his former offensive line coach at Louisville, Chris Klenakis. Klenakis talked about Miller’s physicality upfront, especially his strong suit in the run game and why he feels he will be a starter in the league.

“They’re going to like him. He’s a very explosive athlete, very strong, very powerful guy. He comes off and has good quickness in his first two steps. He has a good punch and his FBI, football intelligence is very high.”

Bills 7th round pick, WR Dezmin Lewis called in next to discuss his first day in Buffalo meeting his teammates and interacting with the rest of the Bills personnel. Lewis talked about his experience at Central Arkansas, an FCS school, the chance to

compete against the top defensive backs at January’s Senior Bowl, and why his size

Central Arkansas wide receiver Dezmin Lewis (15) runs up the field during the South team practice for the 2015 Senior Bowl at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL on January 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Johnny Vy)

will be an added benefit to the Bills wide receiver group.

“The coaches really liked how I can high-point the ball. I’m a big receiver and I know how to use by body and attack the ball with my hands. I’ve been hearing that a lot from the fans, the coaches, everybody that Buffalo needs a big receiver and they’re looking for me to be that guy.”

Sticking with the Draft and rookies trying to make an impression, UB Grad and now Seattle Seahawk, Kristjan Sokoli joined us in the second hour. Sokoli was a 6th round selection this past weekend. The former standout defensive linemen at UB

Buffalo's Kristjan Sokoli, left, tackles Connecticut's Lyle McCombs during the first half of Connecticut's 24-17 victory in their NCAA football game in East Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

will look to make the transition to the offensive side of the ball. Tom Cable, Seattle’s offensive line coach, approached Sokoli about the switch. Sokoli said he is open to the idea and is up for the challenge. He also talked about his “underdog” story of coming to the United States after spending the first nine years of his life in Albania.

To round out the show, we brought in Sean Glennon, author of Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback. He discussed the Ted Wells Investigation into the Patriots deflation of game balls and the possible involvement of Brady and the potential discipline.

On that topic, we listened in as the Patriots Quarterback sat down at Salem State University in Massachusetts for a scheduled speaking engagement with Sportscaster Jim Gray. Brady spoke about the recent findings but was not ready to answer any hard pressing questions. To hear that and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Eric Wood: Dinner for a Difference – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 5, 2015 – 9:32 pm

 

Continuing our reassessment of the Bills 2015 NFL Draft. We pitched to the listeners tonight’s topic; Post-draft, which is the deepest position group on the current Bills roster? Plenty of reaction on that, from wide receiver, to running back, to the defensive side of the ball and cornerback. As the Bills players continue their offseason workouts, we heard from CB Stephon Gilmore to begin the show as well.

CM7_4541Bills center Eric Wood was first up on tonight’s guest list. Wood talked about his upcoming Dinner for a Difference on June 8th, which will raise money for the Eric Wood Foundation, helping provide at-risk children and families in the Buffalo area with encouragement, support, resources, and life-changing experiences. You can visit www.ericwoodfoundation.org for more information and to purchase tickets to the event.

Wood went on to talk about his experience at this past weekend’s Kentucky Derby, the rotation changes during the offseason workouts on the offensive line, and what he saw from the Bills 2015 draft class, including his thoughts on Louisville’s John Miller.

“I’m excited to have John in the room. He’s a really good kid. He’s a tough, physical player. A very experienced player. He played a lot of games at Louisville for us and always showed up on Saturdays. I’m definitely excited to get him and excited now to have three offensive linemen from Louisville in our room, having picked up Alex Kupper this offseason.

miller-feature-storySpeaking of John Miller, we brought in the team’s third round pick to complete tonight’s show. Miller talked about his emotions as he watched and waited for the call on day two Friday night. When the Bills did select him he said it was “a great feeling and very emotional.” He went on to discuss his pre-draft visit with the team and what he can offer as he gears up to compete for a starting spot along the offensive line.

“I’m a physical player. A guy who gets after it, very tenacious, smart guy, very dependable guy. I’m a guy who loves the game of football and plays with great passion, play physical in the run game.”

With the national media weighing in on the Bills Draft, we wanted to get an outside perspective. Fox Sports NFL editor Ross Jones gave the Bills a B- overall grade. He talked about the valid way to grade a draft and the complexity that goes into it. Jones talked about where Ronald Darby will fit in the Bills defense and how John Miller will be a force in the run game. He went on to the team’s fifth round pick in running back Karlos Williams from Florida State and discussed why Williams can be utilized in the Bills offense.

“He’s a guy with a defensive background. He played safety and linebacker and he just loves contact so I think he will immediately be able to boost the special teams and down the line, he’s a big, physical running back that when the opportunity comes, he will be a great fit in Greg Roman’s power running game.”

To hear more from Jones and why he thinks QB Tyrod Taylor will be the dark horse in the Bills quarterback competition and to hear the complete The John Murphy Show from Tuesday, click here.


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Boomer-“Bills are the most relevant”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 5, 2015 – 3:25 pm

Over the years, when he was playing QB for the Bengals and Jets, Boomer Esiason was well aware of how dominant the Buffalo Bills were in the AFC.

Now as a radio host and commentator for SI.com, Esiason is ready to sing the praises of the 2015 edition of the Bills.

“There’s really one team that has been piquing my interest significantly since the day they hired their new coach,” Esiason said on a recent SI.com video commentary. “That is the Buffalo Bills.  If you’re a Bills fan, you have every reason to be excited.”

“You have a great personality as a coach, you are going to have a great defense, you’ve added great offensive weapons, and I think this is a team that should win at least 9-10 games,” Esiason continued.

“I still think it will be a struggle in the division, because this division, the AFC East, is starting to look at lot like the NFC West did about 5-6 years ago as they were building defenses. It all comes down to defensive lines, and the Buffalo Bills will have one of the best in the NFL, if not the best.”

“That’s the one team at this point that seems to be the most relevant—the Buffalo Bills,” he said.

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Carrington: “I’m a Bill again and happy”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 4, 2015 – 9:33 pm

 

Recapping the busy weekend here at One Bills Drive. Complete Draft coverage including thoughts from ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley also looked back at his 2015 Draft class. The team released the list of undrafted signees, which we ran down to begin the show. They also announced the signing of defensive tackle Alex Carrington. Carrington returns with for his second stint with the team. He was drafted by the Bills back in 2010 and left for St. Louis in free agency last year. He joined us at the bottom of the second hour.

darby-storyBills second round pick Ronald Darby stopped by our studios. The former Florida State cornerback arrived here in Buffalo on Saturday to take a tour of the facilities, pick out his new jersey, and even check out his locker. Darby talked about his first impressions after being selected 50th overall, his relationship with former Seminole EJ Manuel, and his impressive speed. He then looked ahead to this week’s rookie minicamp and discussed why it’s important to make a good first impression in front of his new teammates and coaches.

“I’m going to try and get involved right away. Go out there and compete, get sideline to sideline, show my hips, give effort, and just learn fast. That’s what it’s all about when you want to be a player and contribute right away. I want to get in where I fit in.”

oleary-story-jackThe Bills have loaded up with Florida State talent in recent years. We brought in Safid Deen, Florida State football beat reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Deen talked about the high number of NFL players that program has produced in recent years. He went on to discuss the Bills three FSU selections, including Ronald Darby, who he says will be a good compliment here in Buffalo under Rex Ryan. When it came to 5th round pick Karlos Williams, Deen said that the defensive player turned running back is still learning but has “freakish athleticism.” Finally, Nick O’Leary, the tight end chosen in the 6th round. Deen mentioned O’Leary’s impact in the Florida State offense last season.

“He was the second leading receiver on this team last season, only behind the school’s all-time leading receiver. He was one of Jameis Winston’s favorite targets. He rarely dropped the ball in the endzone. I think he will learn a lot playing behind Charles Clay this season. He was one of Jameis Winston’s favorite targets and could be the same for EJ Manuel or whoever else is the starting QB for the Bills next season.”

carringtonAs mentioned above, Alex Carrington called in to round out the show. Carrington talked about his return to Buffalo, his role in the front line rotation, and his eagerness to work with defensive line coach Karl Dunbar. He went on to talk about his impact on special teams where he was force during his time here, making his mark blocking field goal kicks and extra points.

“You get a knack for it and you can tell where it’s going to be weak after a little film study. You can tell where the line will be a little vulnerable. There’s some technique in there but my old special teams coach said ‘If you never rush a kick, you’ll never block one but if you always rush you have a chance to block one.’ I learned that my rookie year and keep that in mind and just go hard, man.”

To hear more from Carrington and the rest of Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Darby meets his match-at One Bills Drive

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 2, 2015 – 2:15 pm

Bills first draft pick Ronald Darby spent some time Saturday at One Bills Drive, fulfilling media obligations, meeting his coaching staff, and taking a look around the complex.

After visiting the locker room in the Ad Pro Sports Fieldhouse, Darby took a look inside the field house itself, and saw Bills WR Marquise Goodwin working out on his own.

Goodwin stopped his workout to come over and shake hands with Buffalo’s 2nd round draft pick and talk about their shared sports–football, and track.

Darby was an elite track performer in high school and was part of the USA medley relay gold medal winning team at the World Youth Championships four years ago. Goodwin, of course, was a two-time NCAA Long Jump Champion and finished 10th in the long jump at the Olympics in London.

“He’s a player I truly respect for his speed and being the player he is,” Darby said of Goodwin, after the two talked in the field house. ” When I get here I’m going to train with him when it comes to speed things. He can teach me a lot, help me get faster.”

It’s hard to imagine Darby getting much faster. He was clocked at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

“There’s always things you can do, more flexibility, the stuff he(Goodwin)  was doing, bounding, help with the jumping, help with the stride length, the frequencies, there’s a lot of things you can do,” Darby said.

What about the prospect of a race, a 100-yard dash competition between Darby and Goodwin?

“I don’t duck any races.  But I think he’ll get me.  That’s an Olympian. I know my place.”


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#28 is special for Ronald Darby

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 2, 2015 – 1:42 pm


Bills 2nd round draft pick Ronald Darby was whisked into Buffalo this morning to meet the coaching staff, talk to  the media, and get a look at his new surroundings.

He also got a chance to look over his new Bills jersey–with the number 28.

It’s a number that means a lot to Darby. He grew up on the outskirts of Washington in Oxon Hill, Maryland, and he grew up a Redskins fan. His favorite player growing up? Redskins Hall of Famer CB Darrell Green.

Green played 20-seasons for Washington, from 1983 to 2002.  He was 11-years into his career when Darby was born. But Ronald Darby remembers Green from his earliest days as a pro football fan.

’”I’m not too young,” Darby said today at One Bills Drive. “You always know greatness.  I was a Redskin fan growing up.  Just to get 28, it must be a calling with me looking up at Darrell Green.  And I usually don’t wear even numbers, but I was like I’m going to take a shot with number 28.”

Darby and Green share more than just the same jersey number.  They were both track stars growing up, and Green was long regarded as the fastest man in the NFL during his career.

Darby identifies with that, and with the 20-year career Green built in the league.

“He could run,” Darby says, “and he could run for a long, long time, too.”


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Darby has blazing speed

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 10:05 pm

At the combine, Bills 2nd round draft pick Ronald Darby was clocked at 4.38 in the forty yard dash.  But according to him, that’s nothing.

Moments after being selected by the Bills, Darby was a guest on The John Murphy Show Friday night. He says the 4.38 clocking in Indy was good enough for him and he chose not to run at his pro day in Tallahassee.

Darby was part of the gold-medal winning USA medley relay team at the 2011 World Youth Championship track meet in France four years ago, while he was still in high school.

“I was all world in track in high school,” he told host John Murphy. “My time was  4.31, unofficial 4.32. So I chose not to run the 40-at my pro day.”

Darby was asked what he brings to the Bills at the cornerback spot.

“Just my coverage skills and of course my speed,” he said. “You gotta be blessed with that, and then you can really play.  That’s what I bring. I go out there and cover, go out there and make sure my receiver doesn’t catch any balls and make plays.”

 


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Whaley says OT ranks “thinned out”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 6:10 pm

There were seven offensive linemen selected last night in the first round of the NFL draft. Five of them were tackles.

And as he gets set for Buffalo’s first two picks in the draft Friday night, Bills GM Doug Whaley says the ranks of the top offensive tackles have been depleted.

“It’s thinned out a little bit,” Whaley told the John Murphy Show late Friday afternoon. “There’s still a couple there.  The next core of tackles will go pretty early in the second round, in my opinion.”

Whaley may be talking about Pittsburgh’s T.J. Clemmings and Oregon’s Jake Fisher who went undrafted in last night’s first round.

Whaley thinks there’s a potential for a run on guards during tonight’s second round of the draft. And he believes runs on positional groups usually occur around the offensive line positions.

“It’s one of those things—once one goes, everybody gets kind of nervous thinking, ‘If I wait out this round, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get him next round.’  So you have to jump and pull the trigger,” he said.

“That’s the type of position, that if you like something about the guy, you might as well go ahead and get him and work with him. If he pans out, great. If not, you get one next year.”

The entire interview with Bills GM Doug Whaley will air tonight at 7pm on The John Murphy Show.

 

 

 

 

 


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Whaley says phone action on trade is picking up

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 5:55 pm

Hours away from the start of the second round of the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills are still interested in trading down from their 2nd round selection.  GM Doug Whaley indicated yesterday the Bills are interested in talking to teams who want to move up to Buffalo’s spot in the second round, 80th overall.

Late Friday, Whaley said unlike yesterday when the phones were quiet, the trade-down talk is picking up.

“Today, the action is starting to pick up,” Whaley told The John Murphy Show. “I’m sure once the draft starts and we get closer to our pick, about three or four picks before us, we expect a heavy volume of calls.”

Whaley and the Bills laid the groundwork for trade-down talks yesterday, by talking to teams they suspect might be interested in moving up to the 50th overall pick.

“We’ve canvassed the whole league,” he said, “but at least we know we can narrow our focus once we get closer. We can pick the teams we know have an interest, and just be more efficient with our time.”

The Bills have two picks tonight, 50th overall and 81st overall (3rd round).


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Dolphins add another young, talented WR

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 12:35 am

The Miami Dolphins added another talented piece to their wide receiving corps in the first round of the draft, to go along with their 2nd round pick last year.

Last year, it was LSU WR Jarvis Landry who came in the second round and caught 84 passes for Miami, 5 of them for touchdowns.

This year, the Dolphins used the 14th overall pick to grab Louisville WR DeVante Parker. He was the third wideout off the board this year. Parker only played six games for the Cardinals last year, but he’s got a nice combination of size, speed and athleticism.

After the first round ended, Bills GM Doug Whaley took notice of Parker’s selection by Miami and what it means in the AFC East.

“This division, we’re stacking up good players,” Whaley said. “We think we have some.  But we’re going to have to compete against them.”

After parting with Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson, the Dolphins needed to add another pass catching target for Ryan Tannehill and they got a good one in Parker.


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Whaley expected OL run—and it happened

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 12:15 am

When the dust settled after the first round of the 2015 draft, there were seven offensive linemen off the board. And for Bills fans looking for the team to get help up front on day two of the draft, that’s probably not a good thing.

General Manager Doug Whaley knew going in there would be a run on o-linemen. In an interview with The John Murphy Show late Thursday afternoon, Whaley was asked what positions might see a run.

“Probably offensive tackle,” he replied. “That’s usually a position where when one goes, the other ones start going.”

That’s how it played out. Five of the offensive linemen came off the board in a 16-pick span from Ereck Flowers (9th overall to the Giants) to D.J. Humphries (24th overall to the Cardinals).

When he wrapped up the draft, Whaley sounded like it played out just as he expected.

“You always get a run,” he said. “Once one goes, you’ll get a run on offensive linemen. That many—we kinda thought that so we weren’t surprised at all.”

 


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Routine, quiet night in Bills draft room

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 11:45 pm

Without a first round pick, the Buffalo Bills draft room in Orchard Park had a subdued, businesslike atmosphere Thursday night.  GM Doug Whaley emerged from the room after round one concluded and said there was very little drama, and very few surprises in Buffalo’s draft headquarters.

“The names came off pretty much the way we thought they would,” Whaley said. “We’ll take some time tonight, go back up there and see what names are on the board and we’ll stack them. We’ll be ready to make a pick tomorrow.  Pretty cut and dried right now.”

Whaley was asked if the Bills fielded any phone calls from teams looking to deal during the first round.

“Only State Farm called, other than that, nobody,” he joked. ” Seriously we did not get any calls. We did not. It was more trying to predict who’s going to go next.  We were betting M-and-M’s on who would go next.”

The Bills have two picks Friday, one in the 2nd round and one in the 3rd.


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