They were teammates at Southern Cal a few years ago. And Tuesday, they bumped into each other once again, at One Bills Drive.
Bills QB Aaron Corp says he was reunited with former USC teammate, QB Matt Barkley, during Barkley’s pre-draft visit to One Bills Drive Tuesday. Corp talked about it Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show.
“I just saw him today, he’s in the building (for his rookie visit),” Corp said. “I hadn’t seen him in a while. I think he’s going to do well. He’s got a good arm. And I think he’s pretty smart. He’s going to pick up any offense he gets into pretty quickly.”
Corp had a solid spring football season in his redshirt sophomore year at USC, and he began the 2009 season as the Trojans starter.
“I was named the starter going into camp,” he said on the radio show. “But then, I had a little injury and I was sitting out a couple of weeks. That’s when Matt Barkley came in. He took over the starting job and didn’t let it go. Matt came in, and obviously he’s a great player. He got me. He beat me out.”
Once Barkley was established as the USC starter, Corp decided to transfer to the University of Richmond, a FCS school. He had two good years for the Spiders, good enough to earn an invitation to be with the Bills in the spring of 2012 in offseason workouts. But he was released by Buffalo before the 2012 training camp.
Corp worked out for Bills coaches back in January and was re-signed to the roster in mid-February. And he’s been at One Bills Drive for the last few weeks participating in the veteran voluntary offseason conditioning program.
He considers his speed and mobility among his greatest assets as a quarterback. And he’s looking forward to showing them off next week, when the team gets on the field for football drills in the voluntary veteran minicamp.
“It’s something that definitely be utilized,” he said, “rather it’s moving around in the pocket, or getting outside on a bootleg. I feel like I can contribute and I feel like it’s a pretty strong part of my game.”
The entire interview with QB Aaron Corp is available at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow
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With three quarterbacks on the roster, and another one possibly coming through the draft, there’s no time to waste for QB Aaron Corp. And the Buffalo Bills rookie knows it.
Corp was a guest Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show. And he says despite the fact that the Bills current voluntary offseason conditioning program does not include any football drills, he’s using these workouts to try to win a job this fall.
“I’m in compete mode right now—in the weight room, when I’m running, trying to figure out the playbook the best I can,” Corp said. “It’s not necessarily on the field, but in my mind I’m already competing.”
Aaron Corp was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Bills in the spring of 2012. But he was released before the team went to training camp last summer. He spent the last year working at his high school, Villa Park in Orange County, California, helping with their football team. He also got to work out with four or five other NFL teams, but he didn’t get an offer.
And then the Bills contacted him again, in January of this yearl, to set up a workout with Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
“I was a little bit surprised,” Corp told host John Murphy. “I worked out for a couple of different teams last year and obviously didn’t get picked up. In January, they called me, kind of out of the blue, and set up the workout for February. Apparently I performed decently enough for them to give me an opportunity.”
That opportunity is here, with the Bills veterans in town for conditioning and weight work, and some time in the classroom with the new coaching staff. Corp is determined to make the most of it.
“The way I look at it, if they’re going to keep calling me and giving me opportunities, I may as well keep giving the NFL a shot.”
The entire interview with Aaron Corp is available at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow
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Bills GM Buddy Nix appeared on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 in Buffalo Monday to recap the draft. He also provided some insight on the new 10 undrafted rookies that have agreed to terms.
Nix, who was asked specifically about Richmond QB Aaron Corp, believes Corp can compete.
“He’s got all the tools,” said Nix. “Our scouts that went in there liked him. Darrell Moody and Tom Roth went in there and they liked him. So he’s got a chance. We’ll give him an opportunity.”
As for the other there was an offensive lineman and punter that stood out in the group.
“We liked a lot of these guys and one of them, (offensive line coach) Joe D’Alessandris liked (Paul) Madsen from Colorado State,” said Nix. ‘We had good grades on him. The punter from Florida State Powell we’ll give him a chance. He led the nation in 47 yards a kick in punting so he’s got a chance to compete. These safeties, we could add one, so they’ll have a chance. All these guys may have some holes in them, but they also have qualities that make positives for them to be here.”
Nix also said there will be upwards of 20 tryout players for Buffalo’s rookie minicamp, which begins Friday May 11th, so they’ve got enough players to have practice.
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