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Tomlin’s promise to EJ

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2014 – 10:40 pm

Bills QB EJ Manuel was scheduled to talk to the media prior to hopping on a bus back to the team’s Pittsburgh hotel after practice. He was making his way over to the media across the field when he spotted Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin by himself and made a detour to share a few words.

The two football men are both from the coastal Virginia area where a bounty of NFL talent has been cultivated over the last 40 years. Tomlin was born in Hampton, Virginia about a 45 minute drive from Virginia Beach where EJ Manuel grew up.

“I’m very good friends with Coach Tomlin,” said Manuel. “He’s from the same area I’m from and I saw him a few weeks ago before I reported to training camp.”

Knowing the two would be meeting up with their teams together at St. Vincent college later this summer Tomlin promised Manuel that he would have his defense show him and the Bills offense whatever defensive look he wanted. True to his word Tomlin reiterated his promise to Manuel when they met on the field again Wednesday.

“Any look you want you just tell me and we’ll give it to you,” Tomlin said to Manuel.

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“Put it in the Sky” – JMS 8/13

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 13, 2014 – 10:36 pm

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Wednesday’s John Murphy Show from downtown Pittsburgh at the Wyndham Grand Hotel. The Bills and Steelers underway with their joint team practices at St. Vincent College over in Latrobe. The action got underway late Wednesday afternoon.

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We heard from Head Coach Doug Marrone, General Manager Doug Whaley on his return to Pittsburgh, and Aaron Williams thoughts on the sessions with the Steelers. We also got a complete practice recap from Bills Insider Chris Brown.

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After the team arrived back at the hotel, receiver Mike Williams was kind enough to swing by to discuss what happened on the field and how he thinks the practices will help better the team. He also talked about his quarterback EJ Manuel and how impressed he was from him on day one.

 

“He looked very confident. For him to go out there, going through all his reads, hitting a couple check-downs, hitting receivers down field. I liked how he looked versus the Steelers today. We know they probably didn’t give us all their looks but for what they gave us and for what we gave them, he looked good doing it.”

 

Williams also discussed his greatest asset of his game, going up and grabbing the football saying “those are the catches you’re going to see all year. Like I told EJ (Manuel), put it in the sky, I’m going to get it.”

 

We were also joined by Dr. David Chao, a former NFL team doctor and contributor to National Football Post. Chao weighs in on the medical side of the NFL. During the NFL season, he gives real time insight on different injuries throughout that week’s games on the Monday Morning MD.

 

Dr. Chao talked about his most recent article on how the Achilles tears are the new “ACL”. He also discussed the importance for concussion awareness.

 

To hear the complete John Murphy Show from Wednesday, click below.

 


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Whaley dispels Spiller trade rumors

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2014 – 5:06 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley was asked about trade rumors concerning C.J. Spiller. Whaley indicated that there has been no contact with other teams about Spiller.

“We have not been contacted by any team about CJ Spiller,” said Whaley. “These rumors are news to me. It’s exciting I guess to you guys because it gives you something to fill the newspaper with.

“Again, no one, I’ll tell you guys and you know I’m a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams. I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don’t have depth, but, again, nobody has contacted us.”

Spiller is entering the last year of his contract with Buffalo.


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Whaley part of Bill Nunn dedication

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2014 – 2:28 pm

Longtime Steelers scout Bill Nunn, who passed away this spring, and mentored dozens of young personnel people in the Pittsburgh organization including Bills GM Doug Whaley, had the bench from where he’d watch Steelers practice at training camp dedicated in his memory today. Whaley made sure to be on hand for the ceremony at St. Vincent’s college.

“It’s good to be back, especially on a day where we were dedicating a bench in the honor of the late Bill Nunn. A lot of you guys who know me know that he’s one of the main reasons I’m in front of you today,” said Whaley.

Whaley did not come to the ceremony empty handed. He also brought a framed article by SI.com’s Peter King, chronicling Whaley’s daring trade in round one to land Sammy Watkins. Whaley largely credited Nunn’s advice to not be afraid to make a deal and presented the gift to Nunn’s family members on hand.

Here are a few photos from the dedication.

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Whaley among top 15 camp chats with King

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2014 – 12:39 pm

SI.com’s Peter King has a whirlwind schedule during training camp trying to get to every one of the 32 team sites. King has decided to rank his 15 most interesting camp conversations and Bill GM Doug Whaley made the list.

King had Whaley ranked 9th on his list.

Whaley was one of just two GMs to appear on the list. Green Bay GM Ted Thompson was the other.

Thompson ranked first overall.


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Will 2 days with Steelers make game easier?

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2014 – 8:47 am

Following their two days of practice with the Steelers on Wednesday and Thursday, the Bills get a day off prior to their Saturday night preseason tilt with Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. Will those two days serve as live scouting to help prepare Buffalo for what Pittsburgh might throw at them Saturday night?

“I’m not sure how that’ll work out. I’ve never done this before,” said Eric Wood. “We generally practice against a ‘look team’ and obviously a ‘look team’ is not as good as a starting defense is going to be. In this case you’re going to be going against a starting defense and then play against them in the game. I’d say you’d probably be a little more comfortable come game time, a little more prepared, but it’ll be interesting.”

Robert Woods isn’t certain if it’ll make things easier in the preseason game being exposed to Pittsburgh’s personnel in practice for two days, but he doesn’t deny it could be a bit like live scouting.

“Seeing how guys play to a certain coverage, how he bails and how he presses,” said Woods. “That’s why you go out and play against him in a game so you know what’s coming and know how to attack them to create an advantage for us.

“You get two extra days against the Steelers and get a good look at their squad and how we’re going to play things on the offensive end for us. We’re going to go out there Saturday and just be prepared for it having seen it throughout the week.”

 


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Joint Practices will be “Pretty Intense” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 12, 2014 – 9:43 pm

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As the Bills depart for their practice sessions and game with the Steelers, we caught up with a couple of offensive players who gave their opinions on the joint practices in Pittsburgh. We heard from wide receivers Robert Woods and Chris Hogan.

 

We also got some insight from center Eric Wood. Wood joined us at the bottom of the first hour to discuss his first time practicing against another team. He talked about what he anticipates from these upcoming sessions with the Steelers.

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“I’d imagine they’d be pretty intense. We have a lot that we’re fighting for as an offense and as a team but there’s also a lot of guys fighting to make this team and I’m sure those guys are really looking forward to the opportunity to go out and prove themselves tomorrow and Thursday out on the practice field as well as Saturday in the game. I’d imagine it’d be pretty intense.”

 

Wood weighed in on the progress of the offense saying “if we want to become a top offense in the league, we have a lot of work to do and it’s not going to happen overnight.” He said the work during training camp and preseason will hopefully bring out more ups than downs and the progress is already showing. Wood also mentioned the rest of his offensive linemen teammates and how they collectively welcome the challenge to increase production, specifically in the run game. You will hear how he embraces being a captain on the team as well.

 

At 8pm, Columnist for National Football Post Jack Bechta joined us. Bechta gave his reasons for why we should be watching preseason football and what the league could do to better the product. He mentioned including more joint controlled practices which could be televised with a “Hard Knocks” type production. He suggested increasing the regular season by stretching the schedule out by including 2 or 3 bye weeks.

 

Bechta, also an NFL agent, had an interesting take on how far a player should go during the preseason when it comes to their playing time on special teams. For some he tells them to try to avoid the extra wear and tear but for others, special teams could be their only way of making an NFL roster.

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Veteran Rochester sportscaster Scott Pitoniak came on during the last half hour to promote his new radio show on ESPN Rochester 95.7FM “The Radio Press Box,” which he will co-host with Dan Borrello will debut Wednesday night from 3-7pm. Pitoniak is excited to talk about what he called “Rochester’s hometown team” in the Bills, even though they are 75 miles away.

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“It’s almost like we’re a suburb of Buffalo in terms of Bills interest and how people feel about the team here. It’s clearly their team as well and it’s laid out in the ticket sales where you have 10, 15, 20-thousand people coming from this area for a Bills home game. I’m not surprised by the depth of knowledge because we have to keep feeding into that. The fans have become a lot more sophisticated and their passion is running deeper than ever.”

 

Pitoniak discussed the Bills preseason and why he’s encouraged with the Bills offense. He mentioned specifically the Bills running game which he thinks will help offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterback EJ Manuel.

 

Throughout the night we asked listeners to give their thoughts on the structure of the preseason schedule. How many games should make up the preseason? Is the current four, in the Bills case five too many, especially considering the joint practices with the Steelers?

 

To hear those responses and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click below.

 


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Jackson: Extra rest day can’t mean complacency

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2014 – 8:45 pm

The rains came this morning at St. John Fisher in Rochester, canceling Buffalo’s scheduled 8 am practice. The team conducted walk through sessions indoors instead. Already having Monday off, Tuesday’s lack of activity was relished by the players who were quick to rest their bodies now in week four of training camp. At the same time the extra day off can’t lead to complacency.

That was the message of Bills veteran back Fred Jackson.

“It’s huge when you’re out here banging and going through as much as we are,” said Jackson of the extra day without contact. “When you’re at training camp and you get these unexpected days off, you like it. But it’s on us now to take advantage of it when we come back on the field. We’ve had a couple of days off and then we get right back to work.”

And the work figures to be intense with two days of practice with the Steelers in Latrobe, PA.

“Yeah, it couldn’t come at a better time knowing that we’re about to go out there and it’s going to be pretty physical,” said Jackson. “They’re a team that prides themselves on being physical and we’re going to go out there and match that. We get a good break going into that is going to make it that much better.”


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Contest winner meets Sammy Watkins

Posted by buffalobills.com on August 12, 2014 – 10:00 am

The winner of the M&T Bank Predict the Picks contest came to St. John Fisher College for Buffalo Bills Training Camp. Dan Minns from Geneva, NY and his fiancée Holly Ferrell won a meet and greet with the Bills 2014 First round draft selection, Sammy Watkins.

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Dan got all of the questions correct in the Predict the Picks contest including the Bills will trade up with their first pick and the first pick will be Sammy Watkins, WR out of Clemson.

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Fifty second place winners who answered at least half of the questions correctly were randomly selected and received an official 2014 Bills Draft Cap.


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Seantrel Henderson exceeding expectations

Posted by Dallas Miller on August 12, 2014 – 8:00 am

NFL Network analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah praised Bills rookie tackle Seantrel Henderson for his play as a first team left tackle through the first three weeks of training camp. Jeremiah wrote the following on NFL.com in his article, 10 NFL rookies who will exceed expectations in 2014.

Draft position: Round 7, No. 237 overall
Henderson’s physical talent has never been questioned, but he struggled to live up to his potential while at the University of Miami. He had numerous off-field issues in college, and his work ethic was a major concern. The Bills took a flier on him in the last round of the draft, and, so far, it’s paying off nicely. He has looked polished at left tackle while running with the first-team offense. And with his size (6-7, 331), length and quickness, he could start on either side of the offensive line.

Other rookies mentioned in the piece include Tampa Bay RB Charles Sims, Miami WR Jarvis Landry and Cleveland CB Justin Gilbert.


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Yoga, Jujitsu, and the NFL – JMS 8/11

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 11, 2014 – 10:50 pm

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Back at One Bills Drive for tonight’s show. We started the program asking for the listeners thoughts on Friday night’s preseason game against the Panthers. We also asked about the running back situation and what you would do with a roster full of RB talent? We recapped the game with all the highlights courtesy of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network with the play-by-play calls by John Murphy himself.

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Our first guest continues to make plays on defense during the preseason. Bills defensive lineman Landon Cohen joined us at the bottom of the first hour. Cohen talked about recently joining the game and how he’s been able to make an immediate impact.

 

“I’m one of those guys, I never get too high or I never get too low. The only thing I’m doing is what I’m supposed to do. A defensive tackle in the NFL is supposed to make tackles. You’re supposed to be accountable to your teammates. It’s not anything extraordinary.”

 

Cohen discussed how he does Bikram Yoga to help keep his focus, which in turn helps on game days. He also partakes in Brazilian Jujitsu to help with leverage and the mind game that goes into football and playing against your opponent.

 

To some preseason football isn’t their style. They can’t wait until September hits and the regular season gets underway. Kenneth Arthur from Rolling Stone Magazine called in at the top of the hour to discuss why one should embrace preseason action because it involves all the drama that is currently being played out on today’s television shows. Arthur compares the NFL players fighting for a spot on the roster to the way a dramatic screenplay unfolds.

 

“There’s going to be some plays that make your jaw drop. I would definitely say that at least if it’s your favorite team, you’ve got to be tuning in every week. Get to know who these guys are so that when the regular season comes on, you’re informed, you can talk about them, and feel like the smartest guy in the room.”

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Finally, we heard from Chris Perkins, NFL Dolphins beat reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He discussed the Dolphins recent signing of quarterback Brady Quinn leading to speculation of worry for backup QB Matt Moore. Ryan Tannehill continues to look impressive early in the preseason, especially in the offensive system under new coordinator Bill Lazor. Perkins also discussed the new-look offensive line Miami has put together and the suspensions of two defensive players, leaving the team shorthanded when the regular season begins.

 

To hear more from The John Murphy Show, click here.

 

 


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Stevie sees bright future for Bills WRs

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2014 – 3:20 pm

Stevie Johnson may no longer be on Buffalo’s roster, but it hasn’t diminished his respect for the talents of some young wideouts he lined up last season.

In an SI.com interview Johnson explained how he thinks Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin have a lot of potential.

“All those guys have talent,” said Johnson. “Marquise Goodwin, you don’t always hear too much about him, but he can get 1,000 (yards). Robert Woods is a straight baller. He can get 1,000. Sammy (Watkins), he’s a baller, too. They have a bunch of playmakers out there. You just have to get them the ball.”

Johnson is working a the 49ers third wideout in camp.


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Bills ‘D’ aims to add attitude to production

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2014 – 9:54 am

Buffalo’s defense was a top 10 ranked unit and was top five in interceptions and second in sacks. Now Bills defenders are looking to add a bit of attitude to all that production this season.

“It’s just one of the things we’re trying to do to get better,” said Aaron Williams. “We don’t want to take crap from anybody. When somebody jumps in your face we’re not going to let it go.  We’re trying to be a different defense, more attitude, and just trying to  have the attitude that we’re going to win.”

Williams feels adding attitude to the unit has only been enhanced by the presence of Brandon Spikes and Corey Graham.

“That’s what they bring to the defense.  They’ve been on great defenses where the attitude is they are the best defense, and that’s what they bring to the team, that’s what we want them to contribute to the team,” Williams said. “We’re glad we added them to the team.  Not only do they bring their skill set, they bring their experience and their attitude, that’s one of the positives that we have.”


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Mom said, ‘Make them see you.’

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2014 – 9:47 am

Bills WR Mike Williams is pretty happy to be playing for the team he grew up watching and rooting for. The Riverside High grad and Syracuse star had about six touchdowns in practice Sunday and partially credited his mom’s advice for how determined he is to make good on the plays that count the most.

“My mom always said, ‘Make them see you when they’re supposed to see you,’” said Williams. “That’s what she always said to me.  That’s like big first downs, touchdowns,  those are the ones they see.  They don’t see the first play of the game, slants or the second play of the game, curl route.  As soon as you catch that third and 15 or game-tying touchdowns, those are the ones they remember.  It kind of seems like that’s how my career is going.”

The Bills will be only too happy to see that trend continue.


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Mike Williams moving toward 100%

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2014 – 9:42 am

Bills WR Mike Williams teamed up with Sammy Watkins at Sunday’s afternoon practice to dazzle the fans in attendance at times with some high degree of difficulty catches. Williams calls them his “normal catches.” What’s really surprising is Williams, who was recovering from a leg injury in the spring still doesn’t even believe he’s all the way back to the full Mike Williams.

“I’m at like 65%, right now,” Williams said. “I think Week One in Chicago I’ll be 100%.”

If Williams’ play in the camp setting is just 65 percent, Bills fans have a lot to look forward to.


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$25 Kids Day tickets from Kiss 98.5

Posted by buffalobills.com on August 11, 2014 – 9:32 am

Kiss 98.5 announced on Janet & Nick in the morning that they are offering $25 tickets to the Kids Day on Saturday, August 23 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  For every ticket sold, $5 will be going to charity.  Along with discounted tickets, Kids Day will also have a special giveaway, interactive games, concession prices and more.

The August 23rd game will also be the first time fans are able to see the renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium.

For the discounted tickets, click here and use promo code KISS.


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Mike Williams: “Throw it to the clouds”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 10, 2014 – 8:00 pm

After two preseason games, and three weeks of training camp, the chemistry between QB EJ Manuel and veteran WR Mike Williams is starting to develop.

In Friday’s preseason win in Carolina, the pair connected for a 28-yard pass play down the middle when Manuel threw it high and Williams went over DB Josh Norman to bring it in.

In Sunday’s after practice at training camp, Manuel and Williams were at it again. EJ found Williams in the end zone during red zone work in one of the early 11-on-11 sessions. And Williams was targeted several times in later red zone work as well.

Williams says he wants to be the quarterback’s go-to guy in the red zone, and he practically guarantees success when he’s thrown the ball.

“I always tell them there’s a 96-percent chance–the other 4-percent is their fault,” he laughed.  “I always tell them, throw it to the clouds, I’m going to find a way to bring it down.”

“It’s true,” Manuel says.  “He’s done it day and day out and he’s been very consistent as far as tracking the ball, whether it’s a fade or a deep ball or a post. I think a great example of that was how we did it in the game. The corner played off him a little bit and I just stuck it on him, he went up and made a great catch. Having that as a security blanked with a wide receiver is awesome for us. “

Williams says he focuses on making big impact catches, for touchdowns and first downs, instead of worrying about how many passes he catches in a game.

” My mom always said, ‘make them see you when they’re supposed to see you.’ That’s what she always said to me,” Williams said. “That’s like big first downs, touchdowns, those are the ones they see. They don’t see the first play of the game, slants or the second play of the game, curl route. As soon as you catch that third and 15 or game-tieing touchdowns, those are the ones they remember. It kinda seems like that’s how my career is going.”

 


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Competitive fire on display Sunday

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 10, 2014 – 7:04 pm

A long, hot practice in the sunshine at Bills camp made for some competitive, chippy play on Sunday.  And both the Bills offense and defense were not shy about letting the other side know when they made big plays.

Veteran wideout Mike Williams took an extra long bow to the crowd after catching a tough touchdown pass in traffic during red zone work.  And Williams curtain call resulted in DB Corey Graham throwing the ball at him after he started to return to the huddle.

“I had about six touchdowns today,” Williams said after practice. “It’s very competitive, we wanted to make it like that. We always want to make it competitive, we want them (defense) to compete, so we can be our best on Sundays.”

Safety Aaron Williams embraced the competitive, fiery nature of Sunday’s practice.

“It’s just one of the things we’re trying to do to get better,” he said. “We don’t want to take crap from anybody. When somebody jumps in your face we’re not going to let it go. We’re trying to be a different defense, more attitude, and just trying to have the attitude that we’re going to win and it has to happen on both sides.”

 


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Wood: Glenn is a rare talent

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2014 – 9:19 pm

It was a good sight for Buffalo’s offensive linemen to see Saturday night. Cordy Glenn in a helmet again. And though he was and will be limited in practice for a good while, just seeing him drop into his kick slide again had his teammates excited.

“Yeah he looked good out there in individual drills,” said Eric Wood. “We’re going to take it slow with him. He’s had some time off, but definitely excited to have him back.”

Wood was asked how long he thinks it’ll take Glenn to sharpen his game back up. The Bills center doesn’t see it taking all that long.

“It shouldn’t be. Cordy has pretty rare genes when it comes to offensive linemen,” said Wood. “He was born with a ton of strength and a ton of athleticism. The little nuances and techniques will take a little bit of time, but it shouldn’t take too long.”

For Wood and the other linemen they weren’t caught off guard by Glenn showing up on the practice field. In fact Wood knew what was coming.

“I expected it to come this week,” he said. “It is what I expected, but excited to have a caliber of player like Cordy Glenn, one of the best left tackles in the league in my opinion to add to our lineup.”


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Robey hoping for more PR reps

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2014 – 9:15 pm

They were the first live punt return reps in a game that he’s had since his junior year at USC. For Nickell Robey it felt good to have the ball in his hands again.

Robey did have the muffed punt in the Carolina game Friday, but he also had a good 15-yard return and a 10-yard return.

“I just stayed relaxed and tried to make good decisions,” Robey told Buffalobills.com. “I had a couple of good returns. I misjudged one of the balls and it got away from me a little bit. I’ll just try to get better and the more reps I get the better I’ll be.”

Head coach Doug Marrone despite the muffed punt by Robey thought his defensive back did make a good play on his 15-yard return.


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