It is day two on-site at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. It was the first day of practice for the players Tuesday afternoon. Post-practice, we caught up with North team defensive tackle Carl Davis, who comes from Iowa. He weighed in on his first practice.
The Bills staff was also on hand, including head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan sat down with us to discuss his first week on the job and run down the list of recently hired assistant coaches. He also talked about his first interaction with the team’s scouts and pro personnel. He opened up about what type of players he’s looking for as the team kicks off their first hands-on scouting process.
“We want gym rat mentality guys. We want guys that love the game. Those are the things we look for and certain style of play, you know, a physical player. I think that represents our football team and our community.”
Ryan also said he will adjust to what he does defensively to fit the personnel. “3-4, 4-3, that’s what we do. We’ll play anything that it takes to win. It doesn’t matter.”
Newly hired quarterback coach David Lee, also in attendance, joined the show to talk about his return to Buffalo. Lee was on Chan Gailey’s staff a few years ago and coached Ryan Fitzpatrick. He talked about grooming current Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and the patience that goes along with bringing up young quarterbacks in the league, adding that “we just have to cut him loose and let him go play.”
The Senior Bowl pays off for some players and that holds true for Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham. He was on the South roster back in 2012 coming off of his senior year at Florida State. Bradham talked about performing in front of those representing the NFL and if players find it somewhat intimidating.
“It depends on what kind of player you are and what kind of mindset you have. For me, I was the type of the guy it kind of motivated me because I had that hunger in me where I wanted to showcase that I was one of the top linebackers out there. I wanted to put my best out there so they could see what I could do to put me in the best situation in the future.”
Finally, fresh off his first Senior Bowl practice, Yale running back Tyler Varga joined us. Varga, primarily a running back has done some work at fullback as well and discussed his versatility. From Kitchener, Ontario, he said he’s been to a few Bills games growing up near the area and talked about the more memorable games he has attended. He went on to talk about playing at a smaller football program and is excited for the chance to show what he has against the nation’s top talent.
“It’s all about chances. Having the opportunity to put yourself on display, that’s all I’m asking for. I’m trying to put my best foot forward and give it everything I have and just until the tank is empty every day.
Varga signed off his segment with an “Oh, Canada and Go Bills!” To hear the rest of that interview and the rest of the John Murphy Show from Tuesday, click here.
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