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One last look at the Senior Bowl South team

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 23, 2014 – 3:14 pm

We’re on our way to Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile for one last look at the South team. Today should be little more than a walk through for both teams, with the game itself coming up Saturday.
Our conversations with Bills decision makers this week here in Mobile left little doubt about how strongly committed the team is to QB EJ Manuel after his rookie year. But the Bills scouts no doubt have enjoyed what they’ve seen from a couple of South QBs.
Fresno State’s Derek Carr is undoubtedly the top quarterback at the Senior Bowl this week. The younger brother of David Carr, Derek has elite arm talent and has had a very good week of practice in Mobile, throwing the ball well through some stiff winds in a couple of workouts.
And Carr has a healthy dose of confidence about his ability also.
“I’m always confident,” he told us Wednesday, “I could throw four picks and I’m still going to be confident. That’s just my mindset. I just want to come out here and show these teams that I could be their franchise quarterback.”
Carr wears number 4 here, as he did at Fresno, an homage to another QB who had a pretty healthy dose of self-confidence: Brett Favre.
Carr’s teammate on the South is the surprise star of the Senior Bowl workouts. Eastern Illinois” Jimmy Garappolo only got invited to the Senior Bowl last week, when Alabama’s A.J. McCarron pulled out. Garappolo had an outstanding performance at the EAst-West Shrine Game last week in Florida, and he picked up where he left off this week in Mobile. He’s very intelligent with a quick release, if not an especially strong arm.
Garappolo will be our guest tonight on The John Murphy Show podcast.


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Senior Bowl week underway

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 20, 2014 – 11:47 am

It’s the first big event of the NFL offseason, the Senior Bowl. And the week began Monday morning with the annual weigh-in of the prospects.
More than 100 draft eligible prospects have assembled in Mobile, Alabama for this week’s practices and the Senior Bowl game on Saturday. The day began with the prospects being weighed and measured for the assembled scouts inside the Downtown Mobile Convention Center.
The Bills are here in force, with GM Doug Whaley leading his scouting staff. Former GM Buddy Nix, now the team’s Special Assistant, is also here and we chatted with him briefly in the lobby of the Senior Bowl hotel. Nix says he’s been watching and grading prospects all season, but this is his first real chance to get a look at the players first-hand.
The South team practice starts at 1pm Central at Fairhope Stadium outside Mobile. The North team starts at 3pm at Ladd Peebles Stadium, the venue for Saturday’s game.
Doug Marrone is here for the second year as Bills Head Coach. He’ll be watching practices over the next few days and meeting with his personnel staff.
We’ll hear from Coach Marrone tonight at 7pm, when we broadcast The John Murphy Show live from the Senior Bowl. We’ll also have a video interview with the Head Coach posted on Buffalobills.com later today.


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Alonso looks to next year

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 14, 2014 – 8:15 pm

Bills LB Kiko Alonso burst onto the scene early on in the 2013 season. And his performance earned him recognition Tuesday, as the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Rookie of the Year.

But the team’s second round draft pick says he’s looking to do more in 2014. Alonso was a guest Tuesday night on the John Murphy Show podcast.

“I think we can get better in every aspect of the game,” Alonso said. “A lot of games came down to the finish, and we just have to finish.”

Kiko became a fan favorite and had plenty of production in his rookie year, finishing 3rd in the league with 159-tackles, and racking up four interceptions. Also notable, the fact that he played every defensive snap for the Bills in his rookie campaign.

He told host John Murphy that playing every snap was not necessarily a goal he set going into his rookie year.

“I think my biggest goal was to do everything I could to help the team win,” he said. “Being on the field every snap was definitely the most I could do to help the team win, because I didn’t come off the field.”

The entire interview with Kiko Alonso is available here


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Kiko on PFWA honor

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 14, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso says he’s honored to be named the Pro Football Writers 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Alonso was a guest Tuesday on The John Murphy Show podcast.

“It’s a huge honor for me,” Alsonso said. “It’s a great feeling and a huge honor.”

The Bills second round draft pick played every defensive snap for the Bills in 2013. He finished third in the NFL with 159-tackles and had had four interceptions. Alonso’s four interceptions came in the first four games of the season, which he thinks helped him get league wide recognition.

“I had those interceptions early in the season, that definitely got me recognized,” he told host John Murphy.

“It’s always good to get recognized with that kind of award, looking at the past recipients, it’s a pretty good group,” Alonso said. But he said winning post season honors was not on his mind at all during the season. “I didn’t really think about it, I was just focused on the season, focused on winning games. To end the season with an award like that is a big honor.”

The entire interview with Kiko Alonso is available here


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Analytics site sees signs of Manuel’s improvement

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 7, 2014 – 5:30 pm

Bills Jaguars FootballRookie QB EJ Manuel missed the final two games of the season, but before he did, the analytics experts at Pro Football Focus say he showed signs of improvement.

PFF Analyst Steve Palazzolo appeared on The John Murphy Show Monday night and discussed Manuel’s rookie campaign, among other topics.

The PFF.com numbers put Manuel near the bottom of regular NFL quarterbacks. But Palazzolo says the numbers show the rookie quarterback had three of his four best games near the end of the season (vs Jets, vs. Falcons, and at Jacksonville).

“You want to see instant success but realistically, what you need to see is improvement,” Palazzolo said. “I thought we saw a little bit of improvement from Manuel after a slow start.”

“I think the scouting report on Manuel coming out was that he may need some time to develop,” he told host John Murphy. “I don’t think it’s overly surprising that he graded poorly. But he had some of his better games in three of his last four games, those were his best efforts.”

Palazzolo believes Manuel’s strong finish bodes well for the quarterbacks second year in the league.

“I thought it was an encouraging sign that he did play a little bit better against the Jets the second time around, against Atlanta, and against Jacksonville. There’s definitely a lot of room for improvement. But it’s good to see the arrow pointing up towards the end of the season.”

The entire interview with Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus is available here


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Dareus named to PFF All-Pro Team

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 7, 2014 – 3:51 pm

He wasn’t elected to the Pro Bowl, but Bills DT Marcel Dareus has earned praise from the analytics experts at Pro Football Focus. The website has named Dareus the starting nose tackle on its’ 2013 PFF All Pro Team.

The PFF Analysis team uses grades it compiles throughout the season to help select its’ all pro players. The website says the selection of Dareus ahead of Seattle’s Brandon Mebane and the Jets Damon Harrison “featured the most discussion.”

PFF Analyst Steve Palazzolo appeared on The John Murphy Show Monday night to talk about the Dareus selection.

“Dareus got the nod over guys like Brandon Mebane of Seattle and Damon Harrison of the Jets, ultimately, because he just showed a little bit better overall game,” Palazzolo said. “That’s the type of discussion we were having. Mebane and Harrison were outstanding run stoppers, but they didn’t provide as much in the pass rush department as Dareus.”

Palazzolo pointed out that Dareus was one of the top three run stoppers in its’ analysis of the league, and he led all defensive tackles with 45-stops. But it was the Bills former first round draft pick’s work on passing down that tilted the scales towards his selection.

“As a pass rusher, he did more than those other two guys,” Palazzolo told host John Murphy. “He graded at plus 11.2, he had what we counted as nine sacks, four QB hits, 30-hurries. And he played 841 snaps, ninth-most at the position. Mebane and Harrison were more two down guys..they were off the field on passing downs a lot more than Dareus. We gave him the nod, he had a really good season.”

The entire interview with PFF Analyst Steve Palazzolo is available here


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Is this Jackson’s career year?

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 26, 2013 – 8:31 pm

He’s only 164 yards away from the 1,000 yard mark. And he’s scored nine touchdowns this year, more than twice as many as last season.

This could be the best year in the career of Bills RB Fred Jackson.

His 111-yard performance against the Dolphins last Sunday put Jackson within striking distance of the 1,000 yard milestone. But in an appearance on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, the 7-year vet said even though he’s had more yards (1,062 in 2009) this very well may be his best year ever.

“It could be considered that,” he said. “I’ve been able to do some things differently than just picking up yards. I’ve scored more touchdowns this year, leading a little bit more, things like that. It’s arguably, statistically, one of my best years, and it’s one of those you want to continue to build on. If I get an opportunity to go out and have a monster game this weekend, it can be statistically one of the best I’ve had rushing. That’s still out there and that’s something I want to attain.”

Jackson and the Bills have been determined to run the football this season. The team has 511 rushing attempts through 15-games this season, more than any other team in the league. And the Bills have run the ball 48-percent of the time. Only the 49ers and the Seahawks have a higher percentage of running plays.

“We think we can run the ball against anybody,” Jackson told host John Murphy.

“I think that’s our identity. We want to be known as one of the better rushing teams in the league. By doing that, we take a lot of pressure off our young quarterbacks, it makes their jobs easier.”

The entire interview with Bills RB Fred Jackson is available here


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Fred Jackson’s place in franchise history

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 26, 2013 – 7:50 pm

It was a great moment in last Sunday’s game, when Bills RB Fred Jackson joined Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson as the only backs in franchise history to rush for more than 5,000 yards. And Thursday night, on The John Murphy Show, Jackson took some time to reflect on that milestone.

Jackson told host John Murphy that he has thought about the mark this past week, since he ran for 111-yards against the Dolphins.

“When you play this game you want to be remembered,” he said. “You want to etch your name in stone in a franchise. That’s what I think we all should work at. If you’re doing that, you’re putting up some good numbers and help your team win.”

This season Jackson added some bulk and became much more of an inside presence in the running game. He says that’s the way he thought he could help this team the most.

“Being downhill in the schemes we have, you want to make one cut and go north,” he said. “That’s what I’m trying to do. That’s where I’m able to keep drives going. Keep us in front of the sticks. Make that one cut, and get behind my pads. I put on a little bit more muscle this offseason, and that’s what I’m trying to use. As long as I can continue to do that, I can continue to be productive and they’ll continue to have some use for me.”

The entire interview with Fred Jackson is available here


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“Leader of the Charge” wishes he could play vs. Miami

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 19, 2013 – 7:30 pm

When the Bills take the field Sunday to play Miami, former Bills safety Leonard Smith will be bringing them onto the field. Smith is the “Leader of the Charge” for this week’s game, waving a Bills flag on top of the tunnel entrance to the field when the team is introduced.

After spending four years on the Bills roster, Smith knows how fired up Bills fans get for the Miami rivalry. In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, Smith was asked what he’ll be thinking when he’s waving the flag Sunday afternoon as the players hit the field.

“Can I get on the field and play? I get excited about it,” Smith told host John Murphy “The fans there were great to me during my playing days. I love playing to a high level for the fans”

“It’s going to be a little exciting knowing that I’m only waving the flag to get the guys fired up, I won’t be able to participate and run out on the field and do a little something myself,” he said. “Whatever I can do to give those guys motivation to play their hearts out, and play as a team, and take it to the Dolphins—hey-if my part is waving the flag, I’ll make that happen.”

Smith and his Bills teammates from 1988-91 had plenty of success against the Dolphins in the regular season and the postseason. And he believes the Bills get an edge when the Dolphins have to come to Orchard Park.

“We played those guys tough all the time, but it’s a different story when you come up to Buffalo and the weather is in your corner,” he said.

The entire interview with former Bills safety Leonard Smith is available here


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Dolphins asst. lived through Bills-Miami rivalry

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 18, 2013 – 2:30 pm

Former Bills first round draft pick Jeff Burris had his share of matchups with Miami, when he played cornerback with the Bills from 1994-1997.

Now, he gets to renew that rivalry, when he comes to Orchard Park this Sunday as a Dolphins Assistant Coach. Burris is in his first year with Miami as a Defensive Assistant, handling quality control with a focus on the defensive backfield. He appeared on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, and talked about the glory days of the Bills-Dolphins rivalry.

“When you think about the rivalry between the two teams,” Burris said, “you think about classic games, Marino versus Kelly, those were games you want to sit down and watch. We definitely want to get it back to that realm. I know Coach Marrone has done a great job in building his football team. And Coach Philbin has done a fantastic job with our team. We’re trying to get back on top of the AFC East, as is Buffalo, and hoping it happens sooner rather than later.”

Burris told host John Murphy the Buffalo-Miami rivalry lingers on, even in his family.

“Even family members, they talk about the games with the Dolphins, He said. “My daughter, who is 16 years old, was born in Buffalo, and it’s kinda funny. When she and I talk, she says I’ll root for you every week except when the Dolphins play the Bills. I said thanks. She better be just kidding.”

The entire interview with Dolphins Defensive Assistant Jeff Burris is available here


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Former Bills 1st rounder now Dolphins asst.

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 18, 2013 – 12:56 pm

He spent four years in a Bills uniform, and ten years overall playing defensive back in the NFL.

Now, Jeff Burris is on the sidelines with the Miami Dolphins, as a Defensive Assistant. Burris was Buffalo’s 1st round draft pick in 1994 out of Notre Dame. He left the Bills in 1998 and went on to play with the Colts and Bengals.

And after spending time on the Bills radio broadcast team and coaching high school football, Burris is back in the NFL as the Dolphins defensive assistant. He spends most of his time in quality control and working with Miami’s defensive backs.

“I was a little intimidated my first couple of weeks,” Burris sais this week, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “You go from coaching high school, and I was on the collegiate level last year (UMass). And then all of a sudden, you ‘re coaching guys that you’ve been at the position before. I love it. The preparation, the time, the effort you put into it, when you see the guys go out and perform well, it makes every second worth it.”

Burris says his ten years experience playing DB in the league gives him credibility when the Dolphins defensive backs have questions.

“It’s fun,” he said. “I get the guys, they come over and ask questions. The guys use it. We have veteran leadership on this team, like Reshard Jones and Dmitri Patterson. But it’s good. You understand the flow of the game, they’re coming over and making sure they’re doing things right.”

The entire interview with Jeff Burris is available here


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Kickoff strategy-Carpenter will be flexible

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 3, 2013 – 9:30 pm

The Bills new kicker is ready to do whatever he’s asked to do, when it comes to kicking off.

Dan Carpenter, signed by the Bills Tuesday, after playing his first five years with the Miami Dolphins, says he can boom kickoffs into the end zone if he’s asked. But he’ll do whatever the coaches ask of him when kicking off.

“It really depends on the situation,” Carpenter said, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.

“Obviously, returners are paid good money to be returns, and they’re all very good,” he added. “If there are situations where you feel you can kick it out of the end zone and keep it out of their hands, you can do it, but there are other situations—weather, which make you decide whether you want to kick it away from them or kick it shorter. There are lot of different situations that come into play.”

Carpenter has been a reliable field goal man for the Dolphins in his NFL career. But as for kickoffs, he’s noticed the trend for more NFL teams to bring kickoffs hit deep into the end zone, out of the end zone. Teams are not willing to settle for a touchback in many cases.

“I’m not surprised,” Carpenter told host John Murphy. “The returners get paid too, and a lot of guys–that’s how they make their living. That’s how they feed their families, returning footballs on kickoffs and punts. If they feel like it may not be a great hang-time kick, they’re going to take their chance and bring it out.”

The entire radio interview with Dan Carpenter is available here


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Carpenter unfazed by kicking in Buffalo weather

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 3, 2013 – 8:45 pm

New Bills kicker Dan Carpenter spent the first five years of his NFL career playing his home games in sunny South Florida. But he’s not with the Dolphins anymore.

Carpenter was added to the Bills roster Tuesday to kick in place of rookie Dustin Hopkins, who reportedly suffered an injury in practice Monday. In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Carpenter says he’s aware of Buffalo’s reputation as a tough place to kick. But he’s not worried.

“I’ve heard horror stories, but that’s true with any stadium, except for indoor ones,” Carpenter said. “It will be a fun ride.”

Carpenter is a native of Montana and kicked at the University of Montana. So he says he’s played in plenty of snow games during his college career, and he got used to the elements playing at Buffalo, New England, and the Jets in the AFC East.

He admits weather can be a factor, but Carpenter told host John Murphy the bigger factor for him, is the type of field underfoot.

“When you’re playing for a warm weather team, you do look towards the end of the schedule, those December game, and take a peek,” he said. “Especially at my position, I like to look at not just weather, but field conditions, do they play on turf or natural grass? By the end of the year, will it be torn up or not?”

The entire radio interview with Dan Carpenter is available here


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Wild couple of weeks for Bills new kicker

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 3, 2013 – 8:11 pm

He spent five straight years with the Dolphins as their kicker, and had settled in with that team for what he probably hoped was a long run.

But Dan Carpenter has spent the last two and a half weeks roaming around the NFL in search of his next job. He was signed to the Bills 53-man roster Tuesday, to handle the kicking chores. Rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins reportedly suffered an injury in practice Monday, and the Bills went out and tapped Carpenter.

The signing should bring some stability to Carpenter’s life. After being cut by Miami on August 14th, he went home to see his first child, a son, Colby, born four days later. Then he went to Arizona and kicked for the Cardinals in their third preseason game. He was cut by the Cardinals, signed by the Jets, and kicked in their final preseason game last Thursday, before being cut loose again.

Over the weekend, Carpenter was invited to try out for the kicking job with the Cleveland Browns. But on his way to Cleveland Monday, he got the call from the Bills while on a layover at the Atlanta airport.

Carpenter went on to Cleveland, spent the night there, and then made the short flight to Buffalo Tuesday morning to sign with the Bills.

In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Carpenter said he’s looking forward to a little stability, at least for a couple of weeks.

“I’ve been very fortunate to play in one place for five years,” he said. “It all went by extremely fast. It’s exciting. My wife and I love to get out and meet new people, see new places. Obviously, we’d enjoy a little more than three days in one place. But we’re excited to play up here. We’ve heard it’s a great organization and we’re excited to be part of it.”

Host John Murphy asked Carpenter if his wife, and his infant son, Colby, have been criss-crossing the country with him for the last few weeks.

“No travelling for them,” he said. “Nothing yet.”

The entire radio interview with Dan Carpenter is available here


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Tuel benefits from QB injuries

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 21, 2013 – 9:30 pm

When the Bills look back at their 2013 Training Camp, they’ll note that they played their first preseason game without QB Kevin Kolb, and their last two without QB EJ Manuel. And the biggest beneficiary of the QB injuries is undoubtedly rookie Jeff Tuel.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, Head Coach Doug Marrone noted that Tuel has received extra reps at the QB spot, because of injuries to Kolb early in camp, and Manuel late.

“Out of everyone, if you look and say, who’s benefitted the most out of this, Jeff Tuel has benefitted the most,” Marrone said. “I would say that out of all the third ranked quarterbacks on a roster going into camp, he’s probably got more reps than any third-ranked quarterback in the NFL.”

Marronne likes what he has seen from Tuel, an undrafted rookie from Washington State. And he’s happy that the Bills were able to get him a lot of work during training camp and the preseason.

“He may have as many reps as anyone’s number one right now,” Marrone told host John Murphy. “And to his credit, he’s taken advantage of that. He’s done a very nice job, to the point where we feel we have two very young, good quarterbacks.”

The entire interview with Head Coach Doug Marrone is available at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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EJ Manuel’s mental routine during rehab

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 21, 2013 – 9:00 pm

The preseason is over as far as on-field work for Bills rookie QB EJ Manuel. But the first round draft pick still has plenty of work to do.

Head Coach Doug Marrone says he and his staff will work extensively with Manuel over the next two weeks, while he recovers from a minor procedure on his injured knee.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, Marrone says the coaching staff will step up the classroom work for EJ in the weeks ahead.

“Now, we’re going to train him in a different way,” Marrone said. “More of the mental reps. More of getting in, trying to break down film with our quality control guys and really catch him up on that. And really try to advance that part of his development.”

Marrone told host John Murphy he has spoken to the first round draft pick about maintaining his focus on football during his rehab period.

“I told him, you have to be smart about it. Initially, you have this down time after the procedure, which is a short down time. And you’re on the phone quite a bit, talking to everyone. And I told him, what you’re doing is, you’re putting yourself in a bad situation where you’re conditioning other people to talk to you at this time, which you’re not going to have during the year. You’re taking up your time to do that, and then you’re going to have to transition back to a working type atmosphere. I said, we don’t want to go that route.”

The entire radio interview with Head Coach Doug Marrone is available at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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Marrone: “Training camp-mode is not over”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 21, 2013 – 8:30 pm

The 2013 Bills Training Camp is over at St. John Fisher College. But first year Head Coach Doug Marrone wants his team to continue in training camp mode for the next few weeks.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night from camp, Marrone said he’s telling Bills players to keep their training camp focus going, even as the operation moves back to Orchard Park.

“Everyone’s going to say, ‘Training camp is over, you’re breaking training camp,’” Marrone said.
“The one thing I want the players to understand is that even though we’re leaving St. John Fisher, and that part of it has been absolutely amazing, but even though we’re going back to Buffalo, we still have to keep that training camp mentality.”

Marrone says relationships are forged and chemistry is built in training camp, especially when an NFL team goes off-site, like the Bills have for the last 3 1/2 weeks in Pittsford.

“I’ve always enjoyed it,” he told host John Murphy. “I’ve done it as a player, as a coach. You get away, it’s a different type of mentality, not only for those players and the coaches. But also for their families.”

“My family doesn’t really call me or bother me, because they know, ‘He’s in camp right now.’ As a player, I think people understand the time restraints. And I think that helps you concentrate on what your job is.”

The entire radio interview with Head Coach Doug Marrone is available at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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NFL Network analyst says Manuel is “a sponge”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 9, 2013 – 5:00 pm

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has been covering the Bills in training camp the last few days. And the network’s top draft analyst says he likes what sees of first round draft pick E.J. Manuel.

Mayock appeared on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, after watching the Bills training camp practice. And when asked about Manuel, Mayock said the Bills rookie seems eager to learn.

“This kid’s got a little way to go,” Mayock said, “but let me tell you, 6-5, 240, arm talent, athletic, and he looks like a sponge trying to learn.”

Mayock covers the draft and he’s also the NFL Network’s Analyst on “Thursday Night Football.” After studying all of the quarterbacks in last April’s draft, he says Manuel is equipped with some key attributes.

“I saw a lot of his college tape, and he knew he’s athletic with a live arm,” Mayock told host John Murphy. “I got to meet the kid and I liked him. I felt like he was a gym rat, which to me, is a prerequisite to being a good quarterback in the NFL. If you’re not a gym rat, I don’t want you.”

Mayock acknowledges that some draft experts poked holes in Manuel’s FSU resume before and after the draft.

“A lot of people knocked him because he didn’t have to make a lot of post snap reads at Florida State. But that was their offense. You can’t knock a kid if they’re not asking you to do something.”

“From my perspective,” Mayock said, “the talent’s there, the work ethic is there, the intelligence is there. Now it’s up to Nate Hackett and the staff to get it out of him.”

The entire interview with NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is available here


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MMA workouts key for Stevie Johnson in camp

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2013 – 9:36 pm

The Bills catch a break Thursday with a day off at training camp. And they’ve earned it, with four practices in just over two and a half days, the last two in full pads.

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson says the training camp practices have been tough and physical. But in an appearance on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, Stevie said his grueling offseason workouts in Los Angeles are paying dividends now.

Stevie said the workouts based on MMA principles (Mixed Martial Arts) were particularly helpful in getting him ready for camp.

“The MMA training that I did in LA with Jay Glazer,” he said, “the tempo and the pounding that you take with the medicine ball, and then you’re punching the bags, and then you go to the jump ropes, and you’re continually working and running around. It’s the same kind of mental preparation here, to do those activities.”

BuffaloBills.com traveled to Los Angeles to document Johnson’s offseason workout.

 

Stevie Johnson also said that despite the fact that he injured his back during the workout back in March, he was not hurt while performing any special exercises or routines for the Bills.com camera, as had been reported.

” It could have happened any day,” he said. “It just so happened that it occurred when we were filming. I thought nothing of it. I felt it, but I thought nothing of it. And then little did we know, it ended up being a slight fracture. I wasn’t going harder that day than I did any other day. They got the full regimen of what I was doing.”

The entire radio interview with Stevie Johnson is available here:

 


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Stevie’s “Handle business-have fun” philosophy

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2013 – 8:30 pm

It’s a pretty simple approach. Bills WR Stevie Johnson‘s approach to his NFL career can be summed up in four words that have become his unofficial mantra.

“Handle business-have fun.”

Stevie refers to it as “HB-HF” and the training camp crowds in Pittsford can often be heard shouting it out to the Bills veteran wideout during practice.

Johnson appeared on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, and he elaborated what his “Handle business-Have fun” approach is all about. He’s happy fans are embracing his approach.

“That’s a good thing. I’m happy the word has pretty much spread throughout the locker room,” Johnson said. “I’m just trying to instill it with my receiving corps, handle biz and have fun. These coaches we have, they actually had a meeting about have more fun, have more fun on the field. In the game, make sure you take care of business first, then have fun.”

Host John Murphy asked Stevie if it’s possible, in the high stakes, high pressure world of the NFL, to take care of business and still have fun.

“You can. It’s about winning games,” he answered.

“At this point, in my career with the Buffalo Bills, everybody knows that I have fun, I enjoy playing these games, I love it. But now it has to transition over, so that we have to win. We have to win more. We have to win more than six. It’s playoff time now. That’s when you will really see the fun in me and the guys around me.”

The entire radio interview with Stevie Johnson is available here


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