The show returned to its regularly scheduled spot tonight as we continued to look back at the team’s latest win over the Dolphins. Our topic of discussion dealt with the offensive production thus far. They’ve put together three offensive touchdowns so far. We asked with that pace, is that enough to help win games and have a successful season? We received plenty of reaction siding with the need for more offensive production, especially in the red zone but most believe it’s all part of the growth process.
The team made a roster move on Tuesday bringing in linebacker Larry Dean. Dean was an undrafted free agent of the Minnesota Vikings and has appeared in 48-games during his three-year stint there. Dean joined us in studio to talk about the move and how he can assist within the linebacking group and on special teams. He discussed how he made his mark on special teams during his time in Minnesota.
“That was the role I’ve been coached to play and that was my role for the team at that time and that’s what I’ve embraced because that’s what they wanted me to do. I don’t consider myself just to be a special teams player, I am an outside linebacker who plays special teams. That was what the team wanted me to do and that’s what was best for the team at that time and I embraced the role to the fullest of my ability and I excelled at it.”
Dean touched on his relationship with Bills linebacking coach Fred Pagac who coached him in Minnesota. He also talked about his path to the NFL coming from a small division-II school in Georgia, Valdosta State. He discussed not getting his name called on draft day and having to wait through the lockout before finally hearing from the Vikings.
At the top of the hour we were joined by sports writer David Dorsey of The Fort Myers News-Press and author of the new book Fourth Down in Dunbar. The book deals with a historically segregated community of Fort Myers that’s brimming with NFL talent. Names like Deion Sanders, Jevon Kearse, and Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who graces the cover, avoided going down the path of drugs and trouble off the field to make a positive name for themselves in representing their hometown. Dorsey laid out the reputation and following that Sammy Watkins has back in his hometown.
“Right now he represents hope for the community…We’re very fortunate to have someone of his caliber representing the city on a bigger stage right now, on a national stage.”
The book can purchased on Amazon and is scheduled for release on September 23rd.
Finally, we were joined by the Pro Football Hall of Fame President and Executive Director David Baker. He came in to discuss this weekend’s Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence Presentation for Andre Reed. Reed will be part of the half time ceremony during Sunday’s Bills-Chargers game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. He talked about the importance of making sure that each player inducted gets their ring at the stadium they played in.
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