It was the final practice before the team departs for Canton, Ohio for their first preseason game against the Giants. We asked listeners what they wanted to see from the team’s debut. We heard a wide variety of responses from quarterback play, to the defense stopping the run, to the young offensive linemen added to the roster in the offseason. It was a practice under the lights at Growney Stadium. Murph had all the calls and analysis throughout the night. We also heard from select players post-practice which included Sammy Watkins, C.J. Spiller, and Anthony “Boobie” Dixon.
On the eve of the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, punter Brian Moorman joined us to talk about Ray Guy who will get his bust Saturday night. He will be the first punter to enter the Hall. Moorman discussed why Guy getting the call is great for the position and how it can only help pave the way for other special teamers to get their chance. He mentioned specifically Steve Tasker. Guy was drafted in the first round by the Raiders and Moorman says “you won’t see that ever again.” He also added that Guy paved the way for the punter position and that’s the reason why it holds its level of importance in today’s game.
Moorman talked about his role on the team and how he works day in and day out to make sure he puts the defense in the best position possible.
We were also joined by wide receiver Chris Hogan. With stacked lineup at the wide-out position, Hogan has stuck out during the first two weeks of camp making numerous catches, including some highlight reel grabs. He has now worked his way into the slot role working with the one’s most recently. He talked about that and his chemistry with quarterback EJ Manuel.
“It takes place everywhere. In the meetings talking about different routes, watching film together obviously, the beginning of practice routes, everything. It’s all timing that we’re doing and that timing is getting better and better every day.”
Hogan will be on the field Sunday when the team plays the Giants, the team he grew up watching as he hails from the New Jersey area.
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