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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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Jets get better where they’re already good

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 11:35 pm

The Bills brain trust spent round one of the draft watching names come off the board, no doubt paying particular attention to the picks by their AFC East rivals.

And when it comes to the New York Jets, it looks like they got a major influx of talent to their already talented defensive line.

The Jets chose USC DE Leonard Williams with the 6th overall pick in the draft. Some draft experts regarded him as the “safest” pick in the draft, others thought he was one of the most talented player available.

Williams doesn’t even turn 21 for another couple of months. At 6-5, 302 pounds, Williams joins a big, physical Jets defensive line that already includes Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, and Sheldon Richardson.  Wilkerson and Richardson were also first round picks by the Jets.

Bills GM Doug Whaley says the Bills thought highly of Leonard Williams and are sorry to see him land in the division.

“Good player. I wish he didn’t go to the Jets in the division,” Whaley said after round one ended. “Good for them.  He’s a heckuva player. We thought he was the best defensive player and probably the best player in the draft.”

Veteran Muhammad Wilkerson is entering the final year of his contract and the selection of Leonard Williams has ramped up speculation that New York might put Wilkerson on the market.

“”Right now, Muhammad is on our team,”  Jets GM Mike Maccagnan told NJ.com Thursday night.  “Again, I’m not going to speculate. We’re not actively trying to shop Muhammad. Right now, he’s part of us. Obviously, at some point in time, we’re going to talk to him and his agent, and kind of proceed forward.”


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Watkins trade-one year later

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 10:52 pm

There’s still one more chip to be played by the Cleveland Browns, but for the most part, we know now  what the cost was when the Bills moved up to draft Sammy Watkins in the 2014 draft.

To recap, Buffalo sent its’ 2014 1st rounder (9th overall) to Cleveland, along with the Bills 2015 1st rounder (19th overall), and a 4th rounder this year. In exchange, the Bills moved up four spots in the first round last year and snagged Sammy Watkins.

The Browns used this year’s first rounder obtained from Buffalo to select Offensive Lineman Cameron Erving from FSU. He’s likely to be penciled in as a center for the Browns, probably backing up Alex Mack in his first year in Cleveland.  Erving is versatile-he played left tackle at FSU last year.

So if you add it up–it’s Cameron Erving this year, troubled CB Justin Gilbert last year, and a fourth rounder still to come. That’s what the cost was for the Bills to move up and pick Sammy Watkins.

With 65 catches and six touchdowns in his rookie year, and the promise of much more to come, it’s hard to imagine one of the players the Browns picked having nearly as much impact as Watkins.

 


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Bills draft room plans for round one

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 7:15 pm

It’s not likely to be buzzing with activity, but the Bills draft room will be fully staffed and operational Thursday night, even though the Bills do not have a first round draft pick.

GM Doug Whaley says Buffalo’s draft room will not have the usual urgency, without a first rounder in play, but the Bills will be following the first round closely.

“We are approaching it the same way,” Whaley said in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “We want to see how the board falls, who picks what.  We have friends throughout the league and we want to see who’s going to gain an advantage for their team. And it also sets the tone for us-let’s see who will possibly be there for us at fifty.”

The Bills first pick in the draft is scheduled to be the 50th overall pick, in the second round Friday night.

Whaley was asked if he anticipates a run on any position groups during tonight’s first round.

“Probably offensive tackle,” he said. “That’s usually a position where when one goes, the other ones start going.  And then in subsequent rounds, usually when one running back goes, the other ones start falling in line behind them.”


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Whaley: “Bills would like to trade down”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 5:55 pm

It’s very likely the Bills will be little more than spectators tonight in the first round of the NFL Draft. And if GM Doug Whaley has his way, the team may wait even longer Friday night before making its’ first selection.

Whaley says the Bills would like to trade down from their spot in the second round (50th overall) and pick up some extra draft picks. And the Bills GM says  he’s already discussed the possibility with other potential trade partners.

“We would like to go down from fifty and gain some more picks,” Whaley said in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “Going up would be really tough.  We don’t want you guys (media) sitting in this position next year and be bored.”

In his second draft as the Bills GM, Whaley says the Bills have reached out to other NFL clubs and let them know they are open for business.

“We’ll stack our board after tonight and we have a line where we say we can go down to this bar,” said. “We’ve contacted some teams already as part of the due diligence we do every year. We’ll get an idea of would they be willing to move up to where we are.  We have the framework of, not a deal, but a framework of ‘all right-they’ll listen and we can call them,'”

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


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Woods: “Never back down from competition”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 29, 2015 – 9:21 pm

 

The eve of round one of the NFL Draft. We continued to preview the upcoming weekend and get you ready for the when Bills pick at fifty Friday night. The Bills players rolling on with their voluntary offseason workouts. Post-practice we caught up with head coach Rex Ryan, quarterback Matt Cassel, and cornerback Stephon Gilmore. You heard from them as well as from the listeners as they chimed in with their thoughts on the Draft.

robert woodsBills wide receiver Robert Woods was kind enough to etch out some time to sit down with us in-studio. Woods is entering his third year in the league and is coming off a successful 2014 campaign. He talked about the new addition of Percy Harvin and the development of teammate Sammy Watkins. Woods went on to discuss the competition across the board on the roster, including what he has seen from the battle at quarterback.

“You should never back down from competition. It always makes a player better. Seeing all these quarterbacks flying around, we’re just trying to do our job and stay connected to these quarterbacks. Right now, they’re all on key, throwing the ball on the money so it’s going to be a tough competition going into training camp.

We reached out to our friend at ESPN, Draft Analyst Kevin Weidl who re-joined the show to preview the Draft. Weidl talked about the top of the first round and what might happen at the number two pick, which belongs to Auburn Georgia Footballthe Tennessee Titans. He also weighed in with his thoughts on the number three quarterback after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, why he feels Todd Gurley could be the first running back off the board in the first round, and the depth in this year’s wide receiver group.

Finally, sticking with the NFL Draft, Tony Villiotti from National Football Post called in to talk about his recent article on the site where he Ranks NFL Teams by Draft Class. Villiotti reviewed the draft class of each team from 2005 through 2012 and the Bills ranked fairly high in regards to their draft success.

“Of the eight drafts, they’re (The Bills) in the top ten four times, that’s half the time. Only one team, that being the Packers, did better than them.”

To hear more from Villiotti’s study and the rest of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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JMS from Duff’s Famous Wings-Orchard Park

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 28, 2015 – 10:49 pm

 

Live from Duff’s Famous Wings in Orchard Park for Tuesday night’s show. A rather large gathering of Bills fans taking part, asking questions and sharing their thoughts on the Bills and even the upcoming NFL Draft. Earlier in the day back at One Bills Drive, the players returned for the team’s voluntary minicamp. We caught up with head coach Rex Ryan who weighed in on the early quarterback competition.

rutkowski-wilson-reaction-storyWe were also joined in attendance by Buffalo Bills alumni Ed Rutkowski and Marlon Kerner. At the bottom of the first hour, Rutkowski sat down with us at our Duff’s setup. The former all-around offensive player played six-seasons in Buffalo and was part of the teams’ back-to-back AFL Championships. He discussed his time on the Bills offense, his role on the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation, and his thoughts on the current players today.

“God bless them but they have to understand that what they’re getting today is predicated on the things we went through, the strikes we went through, all the benefits we would accrue and give to them. Truth be known, we would have paid Ralph Wilson to play for him. We played for the ring. There’s nothing greater than saying you were the best in the world at what you did and we were the best for two years in ’64 and ’65.”

kerner-storyKerner, the former cornerback for the Bills back in the mid-90’s, joined us to round out the show. With the Draft around the corner, Kerner looked back on his day getting selected by the Bills in the third round in 1995. He went on to talk about his teammates on defense and his coaches, including Wade Phillips and Dick Roach. Kerner has kept a close eye on this year’s Bills team and weighed in with his observations including his support for offensive guard Richie Incognito.

“I love what they’ve done so far on this roster. They’ve added some good pieces like LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin, I like the Richie Incognito signing. I think that’s going to be something that’s going to prove to be very underrated. We don’t talk about it a lot but he’s somebody that we know can play football. He’s got that mean streak but he is somebody who made a mistake.” Kerner said “Everybody deserves a second chance and he didn’t play football at all last year so his body is well rested and that’s something to be said about an offensive lineman who has taken a year off. He’s been working out, he’ll be in great shape, and he has something to prove.”

2015DraftShow-Promo_BuffaloEmailWe also caught up with WKBW Channel 7 Bills Beat Reporter Joe Buscaglia. Buscaglia, who is known for his in-depth draft knowledge sat down with us to share his thoughts on this year’s class and what possible players could be a fit for the Bills. He discussed the offensive line class and see’s Duke guard Laken Tomlinson and Donovan Smith from Penn State as possibilities in the second round. On the defensive side of the ball, he mentioned pass rusher Eli Harold from Virginia as an option as well.

Joe was part of the 2015 Buffalo Bills Draft Special Presented by New Era which will air live in Buffalo on WKBW Wednesday night at 7:00pm. It will also be streamed live on www.buffalobills.com Thursday at noon.

To hear that and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show from Duff’s Famous Wings in Orchard Park, click here.

 


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