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Jim Kelly’s thoughts on Bills QB needs

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 13, 2013 – 7:45 pm

He was Buffalo’s first round draft pick 30-years ago. And on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Quarterback Jim Kelly has learned a thing or two about what type of quarterback can succeed in Buffalo.

Kelly appeared on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, and talked about the characteristics the Bills scouts should be looking for, as they search for a quarterback in the draft.

“Number one, character. You have to have a guy with character,” Kelly told host John Murphy.

“Personally, I think you need a guy who’s a little feisty. You have to have somebody who’s got a strong arm, coming here to Buffalo. Thick skin—because if you don’t make it work you’re going to hear about it,” he said.

And when Kelly gave the question more thought–he came back to the character issue–and how a new quarterback might fit in to the type of offense the Bills want to run.

“Is he going to be able to run the style of offense we want here in Buffalo, New York?,” Kelly asked. “This is not Miami, this is not Tampa, this is not a dome team, we play upstate, so you have to have a strong arm.”

During the course of the radio interview, Kelly made it clear he’s already looked over the list of quarterbacks who might be available to the Bills in the first round of the draft.

“I don’t think there’s a quarterback in the draft right now, who is worthy of the eighth pick of the draft. But we need linebackers, we’d love to have another big time wide receivers, we need depth. Eighth pick, that’s pretty high.”

Kelly, who celebrates his birthday tomorrow, also took time to talk about the 15th Annual Hunter’s Day of Hope and Prayer for Children. He and his wife, Jill, are hosting the free event for families this Saturday, February 16th, from 1pm-4pm at the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse. The public is invited.

The entire interview with Jim Kelly will be available at

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