Podcast edition of the show on Wednesday. The team returned to the practice field in preps for their game against the Chiefs this Sunday. We gave a rundown on the news of the day including the situation with wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who left Wednesday’s practice early with a groin injury. Fred Jackson updated his status as he tries to return from a groin injury as well. We also caught up with the rest of the team as we served up another edition of Around the Locker Room.
Recently signed cornerback Jerome Couplin stopped by our studios following his first practice in a Bills uniform. Couplin was recently placed on waivers by the Lions but did not clear and was awarded to the Bills earlier this week. He talked about his possible role in the Bills defensive backfield and his involvement on special teams.
“Whatever they need me to do. It’s my job to learn and grab things as fast as I can and go from there. If a special teams role is where they want me to be then that’s what I’m going to do. If I’m going to get some reps on defense then so be it. I don’t know right now, I’m just clearing a new slate, go from there, and work hard every day.”
Couplin also addressed his route to the NFL as an undrafted rookie from William & Mary College and his growth in playing the safety position.
Former Bills defensive lineman Fred Smerlas also joined us. Smerlas is spearheading the cause to raise money for Kevin Nestor, a young man who is diagnosed with autism and mental retardation. Every two weeks the 26Shirts charity will release a new t-shirt design for purchase to benefit a family in need or a foundation. Smerlas’ design for Nestor will end this coming Sunday at midnight. $8 from each purchase will go towards benefiting the care for Kevin.
“They put out 26 shirts, each one for two weeks, which equals a year. You have an opportunity to buy the shirt and all the net proceeds go towards a charity and then goes off the table after two weeks, mine on Monday after I leave Buffalo. It’s a great opportunity. It’s a unique, different way to raise money for charity.”
For more information you can go to http://www.26shirts.com/ and check out the “Fred Nose Best” design. Smerlas will be promoting his effort and selling his t-shirts at the following events this upcoming weekend in the Western New York area:
Friday November 7th
6-8 p.m. appearing with WHAM Radio’s Bob Matthews
3010 Winton Road South
Saturday, November 8th
Seneca Niagara Casino (Hawk Room)
310 4th Street
Niagara Falls, NY
*Special appearance by Joe DeLamielleure
Sunday, November 9th
Prior to Kick Off vs. Chiefs
ADPRO Sports Training Center (Alumni booth)
To hear more from Smerlas and the rest of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show podcast, click below.
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