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OT Glenn among the fittest of Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2015 – 11:10 am

The vast majority of Bills players reported to the voluntary offseason conditioning program in great shape this week, but there was one in particular who really impressed Buffalo’s strength and conditioning staff.

In an appearance on KISS 98.5 radio, Bills strength and conditioning coordinator Eric Ciano singled out one Bills player who looked like he did the most this offseason.

“I would have to say the guy that has impressed me the most the first week would be Cordy Glenn,” said Ciano. “I thought he did a great job. He came back in great shape and looks excellent. He’s really worked hard.”

When asked what had the strength and conditioning staff so impressed with Glenn’s conditioning Ciano said the offensive tackle’s commitment to the program.

“He followed the program at home, did a great job with the nutrition,” said Ciano. “He did a great job lifting and running and comparing him to himself last year he really looks good.”


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Chris Gragg: Comparing himself to Charles Clay

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 9, 2015 – 9:32 pm

 

The Bills wrapping up their first week of voluntary workouts. They will resume activities next Monday. We began the show hearing from LeSean McCoy and his first impressions of working out with his new teammates, getting a fresh start, and the added talent on the Bills roster. That led us to the topic of the night. We asked the listeners, who will have the most rushing touchdowns this season?

CM7_6840It’s a new look for the Bills tight end group with the departures of Scott Chandler and Lee Smith. The addition of Charles Clay along with the return of Marqueis Gray and Chris Gragg leaves the team with a pretty solid group. Gragg sat down with us in studio to discuss his return from injury, feeding off a fairly positive 2014 season, and his comparison to new teammate Charles Clay.

“I don’t feel there’s a difference. I feel like me and him do the same things. My short time in the league, I’ve been asked to play a lot of positions. I’ve played fullback, H-back, tight end, I’ve been split out a little bit and he’s done the same things down there in Miami. That’s one of the things Greg Roman wants us to know is that us at tight ends, he wants athletic tight ends and that we’re going to be moving all around.”

reich-chargersAt the top of the second hour we were joined by former Bills backup QB and now Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Reich is gearing up to host the annual Call to Courage Awards Breakfast which will go to this year’s recipient, former Bills tight end Scott Chandler. He went on to discuss the current situation in San Diego and the recent rumors that the team is looking to trade quarterback Phillip Rivers. Reich also discussed the team’s recent acquisition in Stevie Johnson and what he will add to the offense.

Finally, we reached out to founder and editor of NFLFemale.com, Liz Panucci. Panucci talked about starting the website from her fanhood of the NFL growing up a Miami Dolphins fan. The site has female correspondents for teams all over the league and Panucci talked about how the site has been a voice for a growing number of female football fans.

 

“This is really such a great platform for women to share what they have to say and not feel repressed in any way, shape, or form. They’re all loving it and we actually call it the sisterhood because the NFL has the brotherhood so we’re the sisterhood of the NFLFemale and we’re all sisters and it’s a lot of fun and some smart, smart ladies. ”

 

 

Bills head coach Rex Ryan throwing up the first pitch at the Bisons this afternoon and caught up with him after to get his comments. We also went over today’s release of the preseason schedule. To hear that and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Woods: New offense will keep opponents guessing

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2015 – 1:36 pm

Bills WR Robert Woods, like just about everyone else is excited about the additions on offense that the team acquired via trade and free agency. The offensive scheme however, might be what he’s looking forward to the most.

In an interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Woods explained how offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s offense will differ from what they’ve done in the past.

“(He brings) great energy in the meeting room, but I see his mind at work,” said Woods of Roman. “Talking motions and talking shifts. There are a lot of new additions and a lot of new plays that we didn’t have before. It’s very advanced.

“We didn’t have many motions and shifts before and now we’re able to disguise our offense more. Defenses don’t know what’s going to come because we’ll have a lot of movement from a lot of guys to keep defenses off balance.”

Woods also said that despite the additions in the passing game his approach is to still strive to be the team’s number one wideout.


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Bucs sign LB Dean

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2015 – 11:22 am

Bills free agent LB Larry Dean has been signed by another NFL club.

Dean officially signed with Tampa Bay. Largely a special teams contributor for the Bills, Dean appeared in 13 games for Buffalo in 2014 and was third in special teams tackles last season.

The Buccaneers will be Dean’s third NFL club. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie by Minnesota in 2011.


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CB Graham to host football camp in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2015 – 9:00 am

Bills cornerback and Buffalo native Corey Graham will be giving back to his hometown this summer. Graham will be hosting a free youth football camp in Buffalo this summer.

The free camp will take place on Sunday June 20th, with fifth to eighth graders participating from 9 am – 12 pm and ninth to 12th graders participating from 1 pm – 4 pm.

The camp will take place at All-High stadium at Bennett high school at 2885 Main street in Buffalo with prizes and giveaways including a signed jersey. More information can be found here about the camp.

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Bills FB Knox: “I have to pinch myself” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2015 – 9:27 pm

 

Quiet day around One Bills Drive as the team continues their offseason voluntary workouts. We began the show with the news around the NFL, which included the league announcing their nine new officials for 2015. On that list is Sarah Thomas, the league’s first full-time female official. We heard from Thomas via conference call she did this afternoon. We went on to our discussion of the night dealing with the quarterbacks. We asked the listeners, with EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, and Jeff Tuel on the current roster, does the team need to find another QB in the draft? Various responses on that topic tonight.

KnoxWestern New York native and University at Buffalo grad Corey Knox joined the show at the bottom of the first hour. The fullback joined the Bills as a futures signing back in December. He’s here this week working out getting used to the NFL atmosphere. Knox grew up a Bills fan and admits he’s a fan of The John Murphy Show. He talked about being here and what it means to be on the same field with the players he grew up watching.

“A dream come true would probably be an understatement. I know I have a lot of work to do but every day when I get in I have to pinch myself and then I give myself a little slap in the face just to wake up and realize that it’s not a dream. It’s exciting to be able to be side-by-side with guys like Fred Jackson and Kyle Williams. It’s unbelievable. They’ve done such a fantastic job over their careers and it’s just an honor for me to be able to give them everything I have. Those guys are deserving of a championship and I’m going to give it everything I have for those guys and for this city.”

Next up, we returned to draft talk with a familiar name to the show, ESPN Draft Analyst Kevin Weidl. Weidl discussed the quarterback class beyond Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota and says that there isn’t a guy there worth taking that could be projected a future starter in the NFL. Weidl went on to talk about the Bills’ needs, specifically when it comes to the offensive line. He mentioned Laken Tomlinson from Duke and Tre’ Jackson from Florida State as players he likes to shore up the offensive line.

 

To hear more in-depth draft talk from Weidl and the rest of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2015 – 7:57 pm

Here’s where Bills players will be appearing on local and nationa radio Thursday.  

7:30 am – WGR 550, Howard Simon Show

– Robert Woods

 

7:40 am – WCMF, The Break room

– Charles Clay

 

12:20 pm – Rich Eisen Show

– EJ Manuel 


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QB Cassel on the new parts blending

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2015 – 3:56 pm

Bills QB Matt Cassel was one of the many veteran players participating in the voluntary offseason conditioning program this week. He’s also one of the many new parts on the offensive side of the ball. Having been a new face in a new place before Cassel outlined how he expects the chemistry to develop with the new players on his side of the ball.

“I think you start to build a foundation,” he said. “You build that rapport, you build those relationships and you start to understand what guys do well and what I do well.  As you get closer to the season you start to refine that and get better as you go.  But I think you take huge steps and make huge strides in OTAs and minicamps of doing that.”

Cassel is seen as one of the top two competitors for the starting quarterback job with EJ Manuel.

 


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Lunch Scramble Series event

Posted by Dallas Miller on April 8, 2015 – 3:27 pm

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Join us for Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Lunch Scramble Series event on Tuesday, April 14.  The event takes place at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens from noon to 2 p.m.  The Buffalo Bills are proud to be a series presenting sponsor.

The Scramble Series is a progressive networking opportunity that gives attendees the chance to switch tables during each course to make new business connections.  This event is perfect for young professionals, mid-level managers and sales representatives.

Click here to read about Alexandra Vitale’s experience at the most recent Scramble Series event. scramble-blog-footer


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Do the doubters fuel EJ?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2015 – 12:58 pm

Bills QB EJ Manuel knows the magnitude of this his third NFL season and is all in when it comes to his efforts to win the starting quarterback job this summer in training camp. Manuel has had his share of doubters since he was made a first-round pick of the Bills back in 2013, but do the doubters fuel him all the more?

That was a question posed by NFL Network’s Kim Jones to Manuel, and though he didn’t directly say they do, he gave indication that was the case.

“I fuel myself as well,” said Manuel indicating doubters do fuel him. “But I think just moving forward and being excited about a new opportunity and obviously having coach [Rex] Ryan come in and give you that confidence as a head coach coming from him means a lot to us as his players. I’m just really excited and happy to be back in Buffalo.”

Manuel is never one to seek out criticism for motivation, which is probably why he didn’t give a direct response. His self-motivation is usually more than enough.


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Incognito: “My last bite at the apple” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2015 – 8:38 am

 

Back on the air to kick off another week. Players in and around the building as offseason workouts roll on. We began the show with the news of the day which included a free agent visit from safety Dawan Landry. On Monday, players spoke to the media. We heard from both Richie Incognito and Percy Harvin for the first time since their signings. They both are looking to reestablish their careers in the NFL, which led us to tonight’s topic asking the listeners, how many chances should a player with a troubled past get?

Richie Incognito picSpeaking of Incognito, he sat down with us to kick off our guest list for the night. He talked about his time here in Buffalo back in 2009 and the events that followed down in Miami that led to his suspension. Incognito opened up about what he has learned since and why he feels this is his last chance to prove himself, his “last bite at the apple.” He went on to discuss what he will bring to the offensive line, especially in the run game, which he admits is the strength of his game.

“I’m a mauler in the run game. I get after people. I’m physical for four quarters. I bring a nasty disposition to the game and that’s what you have to have to run the football. You have to have an attitude. Running the football is all about mentality and I have the right mentality for it.”

S Carolina Florida FootballNext up, we were joined by NFLDraftScout.com’s NFL Draft Insider Rob Rang. Rang gave an overall analysis of this year’s draft class. He talked about the possible needs for Buffalo and what possible players he sees as a fit at 50th overall. One player mentioned, considering the depth of this year’s draft, was AJ Cann, offensive lineman from South Carolina, NFLDraftScout.com’s top-rated guard.

“His ability, in my opinion, could be a plug and play option. A guy, because he’s a four year starter, because he started all four seasons at left guard but also did a lot of work at right guard and at center during his pro day workout, teams are feeling increasingly comfortable with the possibility that he might be able to play any one of those three interior positions. At number fifty overall, I think you’re going with the best player available and AJ Cann, in my opinion, can be among those players if available.

We rounded out the show hearing from quarterback EJ Manuel. He talked about having a clean slate with the new coaching staff and what he’s been working on during the offseason. To hear that and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2015 – 5:24 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the local radio airwaves Wednesday. 

7 am – Kiss 98.5, Janet and Nick

– QB Matt Cassel

 

9:50 am – Sirius NFL Radio, Ross Tucker and David Diehl

– RB LeSean McCoy

 

12:15 pm – Pro Football Talk Live, Mike Florio

-RB LeSean McCoy

 

1:15 pm – Fan 590, Greg Brady and Andrew Walker

– TE Charles Clay

 

3:25 pm – ESPN Rochester, Scott Pitoniak

-RB  Fred Jackson


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“I’ll be a Buffalo Bill–only” -Kyle Williams

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 4:15 pm

The offseason saw another contract restructuring for Bills DT Kyle Williams. And Williams doesn’t know how much longer he’ll play. But he’s sure that when he retires, he’ll retire as a Buffalo Bill.

“No matter what happens, if they run me out the door in a year, or two or three, or I’m done, this will be my last stop,” he said as the Bills voluntary conditioning program got started this week. “I’m excited about that. To be where I belong–I started here and to end here is going to be a special thing.”

“I’m not putting a cap on it. I’ve got three years left. Maybe it’s more than that. Either way, I’ll be a Buffalo Bill—only,” Williams said emphatically.

The veteran lineman says it’s not just the Bills, it’s the community that has made an impact on he and his family.

“It means everything to me,” Williams said. “I’ve had the opportunity to be here, to start my family here. I’ve got five kids now. It’s really a place that has a special place in my heart for me and my wife.”

 


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Kyle: “You don’t go in expecting bad things from people”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 3:30 pm

The Bills got national attention in the last few months when they signed a couple of veteran free agents who’ve had trouble in the past. Guard Richie Incognito and WR Percy Harvin reportedly have had locker room issues and both have bounced around the league somewhat.

But Bills veteran Kyle Williams is certain there’s enough locker room leadership in Buffalo to prevent any problems from any new additions to the roster.

“We have a really good locker room,” Williams said this week at the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program. “A great mix of guys who are important to one another, guys that the game is important to them. Those guys coming in, they’ll see that.”

Williams has been selected a Bills team captain in each of the last four years. And he’s convinced Incognito and Harvin will not disrupt team chemistry.

“Richie was already here, he was a great teammate here,’ he said. “I haven’t been around Percy, but you talk to guys on the Jets last year and they say he was a great teammate there.”

“You don’t go in expecting bad things from people. You expect them to be great teammates and play hard and to care about what’s going on. They’ll get a vibe from the locker room and they’ll see what’s in that locker room. I’m excited to have them. They’re both great players and they’re going to help us win.”


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Some veteran guidance for EJ Manuel

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 2:45 pm

As he goes into his third year, Bills QB EJ Manuel has sought advice from a quarterback with one of the longest tenures at the position in recent NFL history.

Manuel revealed this week that he spent a considerable amount of offseason workout time with longtime vet Steve DeBerg. Based in the Tampa, Fla. area, DeBerg spent 21-seasons in the NFL with the Niners, Broncos, Bucs, Chiefs, Dolphins and Falcons. He led the Chiefs to two playoff appearances, and he remains in the top-20 all time in NFL history in passing attempts, completions, and yardage.

Since retiring from playing in 1998, DeBerg has been a quarterback coach with the Falcons and Giants. And he’s participated in a number of quarterback development camps.

EJ Manuel says he’s worked with DeBerg on improving his throwing motion.

“I don’t want to say I’ve changed my throwing motion but I’ve been working with Steve DeBerg pretty much since January,” Manuel said this week. “We’ve studied a bunch of the elite passers in the game. They all throw the ball, not necessarily the same exact way, but certain types of ways. I’ve been working on that since January. I think I have it down now.”

Manuel spent the last few weeks throwing with teammate Chris Hogan at a private facility in New Jersey. And he says Hogan has noticed how well EJ is throwing the ball.

“‘Hoag’  said he saw the difference,” according to Manuel. “Once we start getting out here in minicamps you guys will be able to see it as well. My confidence is extremely high and I want to keep it that way.”

 


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McCoy transitioning to Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2015 – 12:45 pm

LeSean McCoy is very happy to be a Buffalo Bill now almost a month removed from the trade that surprised many in NFL circles. But there’s still the logistics of getting adjusted to a new city, new teammates and new coaches while leaving your previous destination behind. 

In an appearance on NFL Network, McCoy shared his thoughts on how that transition is coming along for him.

“It’s continuing. I just got here. It makes it a lot easier just the teammates, the coaches embracing me with open arms and making me feel welcome. That makes a difference. And that’s somewhere I wanted to be, somewhere that wants me. That makes a big difference,” said McCoy. “It’ll definitely get better as time goes on. The hard part is I have to go back and forth to Philadelphia to get my belongings, try to sell my house. I still go back and see all of the fans and all of your old friends there. But as time goes on, everything will get better.”

McCoy is a Pennsylvania native who has never played for a team outside his home state. 


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on April 6, 2015 – 9:59 pm

Heres where you can find Bills players on the radio on Tuesday with the players back in town for voluntary offseason conditioning workouts. 

7:20 am – WGR 550, Howard Simon show –  FB Jerome Felton

7:30 am – Kiss 98.5 — QB Matt Cassel


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Kyle: additions are matchup nightmares

Posted by Chris Brown on April 6, 2015 – 3:13 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams got an extension on his contract to help create some cap room for some of the club’s free agent signings this offseason. With some of the players coming from division rivals Williams knows the matchup problems they can present to a defense.

“I think all of the guys that we added are guys that we’ve broken down in our game plans,” said Willims. “Every time we’ve played against those guys, those are guys that we earmarked and said that we have to have an eye on them, that we have to account for them on every play. So, I’m excited about, you can’t ever have too many good players, especially on our team. And I’m excited I get to play with them and not prepare for them.”


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10 players had offseason procedures

Posted by Chris Brown on April 6, 2015 – 3:03 pm

As the players returned for the first day of the voluntary offseason conditioning program there were some who were not yet cleared for participation due to offseason procedures. 

Head coach Rex Ryan listed those players. 

“Dan Carpenter, Anthony Dixon, Stephon Gilmore, Chris Gragg, Chris Hogan, Fred Jackson, Leodis McKelvin, Sammy Watkins, Aaron Williams, and Chris Williams,” said Ryan. 

“I will say this about everyone’s injury: we expect every one of our players to be ready to roll at training camp. So, nothing that we see injury-wise, in our opinion right now, will prevent these guys from being full-go at training camp.”


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Rex: players must take advantage of this time

Posted by Chris Brown on April 6, 2015 – 10:30 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan has the utmost respect for the fact that the team’s offseason conditioning program is voluntary, but with new offensive and defensive schemes to implement in classroom sessions there’s a valuable opportunity for his players to take advantage of being at One Bills Drive.

“I think the big thing is the players have to take it upon themselves to take advantage of our strength coaches with Eric (Ciano) and Hal (Luther) and everybody down there,” Ryan told Buffalobills.com. “Take advantage of them. We’ve got to be in shape. That way when you get a chance to get on that field you can show a good account of yourself.

“The mental part of it is huge as well in the classroom. But the physical part and being with our strength coaches and getting themselves ready to play, where you’re not worried about your conditioning to get through the practice, so you can implement what you’re learning in the classroom.”

Players have been reporting on a voluntary basis this morning as today starts the team’s offseason conditioning program.


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