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WR Lewis: Goal is to be a solid route runner

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2015 – 4:35 pm

Bills seventh-round pick Dezmin Lewis has never had a problem picking up a new playbook. He has felt comfortable this weekend in rookie minicamp with all the play installs on offense for team work. Where he’s trying to nail down details is with his route running.

“I go up and get the ball at its highest point. I catch everything with my hands. I’m not much of a body catcher. The main thing now is just working on my route running and continue to become a better route runner so I can upgrade my game to something more than just a go getter.”

Lewis caught a lot of deep balls at Central Arkansas, but he knows he has to diversify his game if he’s to stick at the NFL level. He’s been working closely with receivers coach Sanjay Lal to make his game more well rounded. Job number one for a tall receiver like Lewis is to work on effectively dropping his weight to get him in and out of cuts and stems on his routes.

Coach Lal has been in his ear about one detail in particular.

“Staying low,” Lewis told Buffalobills.com. “I’m a tall receiver and as soon as I take off I pop straight up so he’s been coaching me. He said to act like there’s a string that’s tied to my chest and he’s pulling me. So my objective is to stay low throughout my entire route. That’s the main thing I’ve been working on.”

Lewis knows it’s just about body control, but it’s easier said than done for a receiver that stands 6-4. But coach Lal has given him some ways to perfect dropping his weight when he has to change direction and to help him keep his weight over his toes.

“It’s just body control,” he said. “He tells me to practice leaning as far as I can and balance myself on one foot. And wherever I’m comfortable that’s the base that I have to work off of. So it’s body control and torqueing my body into different positions so I can become a better route runner.”

Coach Lal also has his receivers review their own work in practice.

“The good thing about that is coach Lal goes over the routes and he tells us to critique ourselves,” said Lewis. “We’ll do that and tell him what we think we’re doing wrong and then correct us from there.”


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RB Williams balancing special teams duties

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2015 – 1:24 pm

Rookie RB Karlos Williams is pulling a lot of double duty this weekend in Bills rookie minicamp as both a running back on offense and on special teams. For Buffalo’s fifth-round pick however, handling both of those responsibilities is old hat.

Williams was an accomplished special teams player at Florida State, so handling multiple roles isn’t a big deal.

“Definitely used to that,” he said. “Played a lot of special teams at Florida State and took great pride in playing special teams at Florida State. With the special teams coaches we’ve had there at Florida State we’ve always been top 10 in the country in each category of special teams. It’ll be no problem. I’ve played in every scheme possible. So being here and being a part of special teams is going be a big part of me playing here. That’ll be no worries at all.”

What Williams is trying to master are the multitude of responsibilities a running back has in Greg Roman’s offense.

“(I’m) trying to get as much as I can,” he said. “It’s very hard in the NFL. You’ve got to be able to pass protect, see things quickly and react fast. There’s no time to think in the game of football in the NFL. There’s a lot to process.”

At the same time Williams likes coach Roman as a teaching coach.

“Great teacher. I can learn a lot from him,” he said. “A lot of stuff that we sat down and worked on one-on-one when I came to visit before and a lot of stuff when I went back home and still have to work on being here. It’s all a process and he’s a great teacher. Slows things down. He doesn’t want you to go full speed unless you’re doing it properly. I’m expecting to learn a lot from him.”

 


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Darby has no issue with speed of NFL game

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2015 – 1:19 pm

Bills top draft choice, CB Ron Darby, is facing the same transition as every other rookie on Buffalo’s roster. There are a lot of new things at the NFL level. Often times rookies talk about adjusting to the speed of the NFL game. In Buffalo’s rookie minicamp however, Darby is the fastest player on the field, so speed is of no concern.

“I’m blessed with speed myself, so it’s not an issue for me,” Darby said. “I’m just focused on a lot more technical stuff—the way routes break down, the way receivers cut, things like that. It’s more technical. The more film you watch the easier everything will be.”

Darby has been working a lot the past two days to get his head around to locate the ball, as the quarterbacks, perhaps by the coaching staff’s design, have been testing Darby deep a good deal.

The rookie cornerback has had no problem going stride for stride with any receiver he faces, but his technique is a bit inconsistent when it comes to exactly what secondary coach Donnie Henderson is looking for. As Darby himself said it’s all part of the process.


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Chip squarely on O’Leary’s shoulder

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2015 – 10:54 am

Bills rookie TE Nick O’Leary flashed offensively on day one of rookie minicamp. It’s just step one in his aim to make those who passed on him in the draft sorry. 

O’Leary was expecting to be taken much earlier than round six of the 2015 NFL draft. Being a sixth-round pick has him motivated to show the doubters that they made a mistake. 

“I’m motivated to show people what their missing on,” said O’Leary. “I’m happy to be here now and do what I need to do to help this team.”


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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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Jackson, Carpenter visit Lindbergh Elementary

Posted by Alexandra Vitale on May 8, 2015 – 2:13 pm

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Today at Lindbergh Elementary School Buffalo Bills players Fred Jackson and Dan Carpenter participated in a special assembly and spoke to students about the importance of staying active. During the visit, Jackson and Carpenter led kids in fitness activities, as part of NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign, helping kids get 60 minutes of exercise a day.

“It was a lot of fun to come and hang out with the kids and try to give them the knowledge we have accumulated throughout the years,” Jackson said.

The Bills, On behalf of the NFL and in partnership with NFL Network and Time Warner Cable, presented KidsPLAY 60 with a $7,500 NFL PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness programming AND equipment.

“Anytime you get to be a part of Play 60 and let them know what it means to the body to get out and play 60 minutes a day weather it’s all at once or breaking it up throughout the day, that’s something that I think as players we relish and enjoy trying to get that message across to the kids.”

During the visit, Jackson and Carpenter also helped students get 60 minutes of exercise during the NFL PLAY 60 Ultimate Physical Education Class, as part of the NFL PLAY 60 youth health and wellness campaign.

“It’s a privilege to send out such an important message to kids who really look up to us,” Carpenter said. “Anything we can do to help is just what we are here to do.”

To celebrate the upcoming NFL season, after-school programs were encouraged to submit their application for the NFL PLAY 60 After-School Kickoff grant, demonstrating their commitment to youth health and wellness by submitting essays on their after-school’s game plan for teaching students the importance of physical education and nutrition.

For more information on NFL PLAY 60 visit nflrush.com/play60 or follow NFL PLAY 60 on Facebook at Facebook/NFLPLAY60 or Twitter at @NFLPLAY60.

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Bills add another tryout QB

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2015 – 1:57 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said after the first rookie minicamp practice that they’d need another arm at quarterback to get through all the reps. Tryout QB Austin Trainor’s arm was tiring toward the tail end of practice so coming back and doing it again was likely to take away from the quality of practice. So they added another tryout QB Friday afternoon.

Buffalo brought in Monmouth QB Brandon Hill for the Saturday and Sunday practices. The 6-4, 237-pound quarterback will be wearing jersey number 9 beginning Saturday. A two-year starter at Monmouth, Hill threw for more than 4,700 yards with 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.


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Thumbnail on Bills tryout players

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2015 – 9:43 am

They’re the long shots of long shots at NFL rookie minicamps this weekend. But here’s a small tidbit on each of Buffalo’s 11 tryout players participating this weekend at One Bills Drive in the team’s rookie minicamp.

WR Anthony Davis – (5-11, 190) – Widener – A dominant D-III wideout with almost 4,000 career receiving yards and 45 touchdowns.

RB Prince-Tyson Gulley – (5-8, 191) – Syracuse – Averaged more than five yards per carry in his college career and rushed for over 2,000 yards in his career.

S Darius Kelly – (5-9, 204) – Syracuse – 61 tackles, four PBUs, 1 INT, 1 FF in 2014 for the Orange.

RB Roderick McDowell – (5-9, 204) – Clemson – Last collegiate season was 2013 where he averaged 5.4 yards per carry while sharing the load in Tigers backfield.

CB Wes Miller – (5-9, 183) – UTEP – led Miners defense in tackles (74), solo stops (42) and interceptions (two), while tied for second with six pass breakups.

CB Reggie Owens – (5-11, 185) – Old Dominion – Two-year starter for Monarchs. Had four sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions in his college career.

LB TraVaughn Pascal – (6-2, 255) – Kentucky – An athletic player who has lined up at defensive end and linebacker in his college career. Pascal has dealt with abdominal and ankle injuries.

LS Sam Rodgers – (6-1, 244) – Syracuse – Team captain and member of ACC All-Academic team.

WR EJ Scott – (5-10, 186) – Wake Forest – Had a 4.55 40-time at his pro day, which included a 1.55 10-yard split, a 35 ½-inch vertical leap, 10-foot broad jump and 21 reps on the bench.

QB Austin Trainor – (6-2, 212) – West Georgia – Finished college career in 2013.

S Julius White – (5-9, 199) – Rice – Three-year starter who tied for the team lead with seven pass breakups in 2014.


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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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Report: Undrafted OT Collins signs with Dallas

Posted by Chris Brown on May 7, 2015 – 2:24 pm

LSU OT La’el Collins, who was taken off many draft boards last weekend due to his name being part of a murder investigavtion in Louisiana, has reportedly signed with an NFL club.

Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Collins has signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, which is fully guaranteed. The Bills had expressed interest in Collins. Head coach Rex Ryan confirmed on Wednesday that he had dinner with Collins. That dinner reportedly took place Monday night.

Buffalo, Miami and Dallas reportedly showed the most interest in Collins, who was forecast as a first-round pick before the news of the murder of Collins’ ex-girlfriend surfaced right before the 2015 NFL draft.

What’s strange is why Collins to go to a club with one of the best offensive lines in the league rather than join a team with a better chance to get on the field sooner.

 


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Health and Wellness Challenge weekly winners

Posted by Dallas Miller on May 7, 2015 – 8:29 am

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The Independent Health & Buffalo Bills Health and Wellness Challenge is off to a great start!  In the first two weeks, participants drank over 60,000 cups of water, ate over 35,000 servings of fruits and vegetables and did at least 150,000 minutes of physical activity.

Winners of the weekly prizes have been contacted by email.  Be sure to check your email on Mondays to see if you’ve won.  Also, let us know how the Challenge is going for you on social media using #IHBillsChallenge.

Here are the great prizes that were offered the first two weeks:challenge-prizes-week2And of course, the grand prize is a trip for two to London to see the Bills take on Jacksonville.

What are you waiting for?  There is still plenty of time to get healthy and plenty of prizes to win.  Visit buffalobills.com/thechallenge now.

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Roster announced for McCoy’s softball game

Posted by Alexandra Vitale on May 6, 2015 – 2:23 pm

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The LeSean McCoy Foundation has received commitments for the Celebrity Softball Game being held at Frontier Field on Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m.

Several of McCoy’s teammates have committed to participate in the event. EJ Manuel and Sammy Watkins have agreed to play along with offensive linemen Cyrus Kouandjio and Cordy Glenn and tight end Chris Gragg. In addition, Jerome Felton and running back Boobie Dixon complete the announcement. More names will be revealed later.

McCoy, his new Buffalo Bills teammates and other celebrities will take on a team of local heroes comprised of police and firefighters. A home run derby will take place at 6 p.m. with the game beginning at 7 p.m. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

A limited number of LeSean McCoy VIP packages are still available for $1,000. Each package will include:

-4 tickets in the Hard Ball Café with food and non-alcoholic beverages include (cash bar available)
-Meet and greet with LeSean McCoy for 1 person, including a photo with LeSean
-1 LeSean McCoy signed football
-1 LeSean McCoy Foundation t-shirt and cap
-1 commemorative bottle of wine signed by LeSean McCoy
-2 tickets to the party after the event

Proceeds from this event will go towards The LeSean McCoy Foundation to raise funds and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

ALS is a disease that touches McCoy on a personal level. His grandmother, Maryann Branch, passed away from ALS in 2010. LeSean made a commitment to his grandfather in the weeks preceding his grandmother’s death to utilize his professional football platform to raise awareness, advocacy and funds to eradicate ALS.

The invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease strikes as many as 30,000 Americans at any given time. The fight to eradicate ALS is extremely important to LeSean and serves as one of the founding purposes of Shades of Greatness, Inc.

Tickets are on sale now at the Frontier Field Ticket Office, online at RedWingsBaseball.com or by calling (585) 423-WING. Tickets are $20 for 100 level and $15 for 200 level.


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Florida St. leads NFL draft class

Posted by Chris Brown on May 6, 2015 – 12:17 pm

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt crunched the numbers for what schools produced the most draft choices and the Bills were a major factor in one school finishing on top. 

Florida State had the most draft choices with 11 followed by Louisville (10) and Florida (9) per Brandt’s tweet.  

The Bills were responsible for three of those FSU draft choices taking Ronald Darby, Karlos Williams and Nick O’Leary. 

Half of the Bills’ draft class hailed from Florida State this year. 


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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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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2015 – 6:44 pm

Here’s where you can find one of Buffalo’s draft choices from this pat weekend on the local radio airwaves Tuesday morning. 

9 am – John Miller on Kiss 98.5

9:10 am – John Miller on WGR 550


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Whaley: drafting to beat division a factor

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2015 – 6:30 pm

In the wake of the 2015 NFL draft Bills GM Doug Whaley talked about how the actions of dIvision opponents can impact draft decisions at times. 

Appearing on NFL Network Whaley in explaining the Bills’ choice of CB Ronald Darby in round two had a couple of reasons. First and foremost Darby was the top player on their board at the time. Second the NFL has largely become a passing league. His last point however, dear with the AFC East clubs the Bills will face twice a season.

“I think when you look at your board, if everything is close between the two players, you’ll go with a need player or a guy that helps you win the division,” said Whaley. “Because to make the playoffs for sure, you have to win your division. So that’s the first stated goal of our team.”
With the Dolphins and Jets both reloading at receiver this offseason and the Patriots one of theist productive passing teams in football, grabbing a highly touted cornerback capable of playing press man could prove valuable should injury strike the position. 


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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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