Bills undrafted rookie RB Kendall Gaskins got a lot of work in the spring practices. During his preparation for training camp, Gaskins went back to his University of Richmond campus to train and sat down for an interview with Spiders TV, where he revealed what the coaches have planned for him position-wise at camp.
Gaskins laid out how the latter rounds of the draft unfolded and that the Bills called him long before the draft was over.
“I got a call around the fifth or sixth round from the Bills and it was Tyrone Wheatley the running backs coach and he was telling me that running back wasn’t a position of need, but they really wanted me,” Gaskins told Spiders TV. “It’s a good fit for me. Tyrone Wheatley likes big backs and I’m only going to be playing running back, not fullback as well. So it was an overall good choice for me and a good fit for me.”
It’s interesting that Gaskins will not be used as a fullback at all. That essentially leaves a fullback role if Buffalo deems it necessary to have one to Frank Summers, essentially the only true fullback on the roster. Gaskins was one of the eight training camp sleepers listed in our Top 25 Countdown to Training Camp feature on the unknown players to keep an eye on.
Tags: Frank Summers, Kendall Gaskins, Tyrone Wheatley
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They did it last season. And if it comes down to it again, Bills RB Fred Jackson says he’s allright with sharing the running back reps with C.J. Spiller again in 2013.
Jackson made the comments Friday night, in an interview on The John Murphy Show. The veteran Bills RB did the interview while making an appearance at the Buffalo Mega RV Show inside the Healthy Zone Fieldhouse at One Bills Drive.
“If that’s what it is, us sharing reps, we have no problems with that,” Jackson said on the radio show. “I don’t have a problem with that. I’m looking forward going out there and making the best of my opportunities whenever I get on the field, I’m sure C.J.’s the same way. Whatever we can do to get a win, we’re going to do, that’s what we’re about.”
Jackson is two months removed from his second knee injury of the 2012 season, in which he only played ten games because of knee problems and a concussion. He’s eager to get back to work, and he’s already had a chance to sit and talk with the Bills new coaching staff.
“I have. I’ve had the opportunity to come in and talk to them,” Jackson told host John Murphy. “They’re an enthusiastic bunch, I’m excited about what they bring to the table. I’m sure everybody else is on pins and needles, waiting to see what happens, waiting to see what the season brings to us. I think there’s going to be some big things for us. Once we get back and hit the ground running in April, we’ll be able to see what we can get done.”
Going into his seventh NFL season, Jackson said he’s especially excited about getting to work with the Bills new running backs coach, Tyrone Wheatley.
“He’s a guy that has played in the league, he’s played in a Super Bowl,” he said, “so he knows what it takes to get there. He’s a guy that’s not going to come in and try to change everything we do. He’s going to try to get the best out of us in everything we do.”
The entire interview with Fred Jackson is available at buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow.
Tags: Fred Jackson, The John Murphy Show, Tyrone Wheatley
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