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Doug Whaley: Completing the Roster – JMS 1/21

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 21, 2015 – 11:28 pm

Senior Bowl


Our week continues in Mobile, Alabama, the site of the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Both the North and the South squads went through their second practice of the week leading up to Saturday’s game. Quarterback is a hot topic for the Bills and we caught up with Garrett Grayson, Colorado State’s signal caller. He’s one option for the Bills which led us to ask the listeners what’s the best way to bring in QB competition? Through the draft, free agency, or trade? Various responses on that topic.


We had the chance to sit down with Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. Whaley, in attendance at the Senior Bowl, watching practices and interviewing the players to find out what “makes them tick.” He talked about creating competition on the roster and finding ways to do so without a first round pick. Whaley also talked about completing the quarterback picture before the team heads into OTAs and training camp.


“We’re exploring every option. Anything from the free agent market, to the trade market, to the draft, to unrestricted free agency. So, we’re going to explore every avenue possible. One, just out of sheer numbers. We have two guys on the roster now and we can’t go to camp with just two. We’re going to add two, maybe three. There’s nothing that we’re not going to explore.”

Garrett Grayson, Bryan Bennett

Whaley also weighed in and reflected on the coaching search and why he feels Rex Ryan is a perfect fit for Buffalo.


At the top of the hour we were joined by Ben Austro, the editor and founder of Football Zebras. Austro joined us to talk about last weekend’s under-inflation of footballs by the Patriots during their game with the Colts in the AFC Championship game. He talked about the possible advantage and what possible sanctions might be come out of it from the league.

Blake Sims

An old friend of the show, Greg Gabriel, former NFL scout and now contributor for National Football Post sat down on-set to share his opinions on this year’s Senior Bowl. He recapped the past two days of practice and shared his praise for defensive tackles Chris Davis from Iowa and Washington’s Danny Shelton. He also weighed in on the quarterbacks and how Alabama’s Blake Sims jumped out at him, saying “he’s probably the most sound mechanically.”

Finally, we circled back to the Bills front office as we caught up with the Director of College Scouting, Kelvin Fisher. Fisher went down the list of possible needs for the team and what players stuck out during the first couple days of practice here at the Senior Bowl. Fisher also talked about the underclassmen that have declared for this year’s draft and the scouting process on sorting through the added talent. Overall, Fisher said that the Bills are in a good position to “reload not rebuild.”


To hear more from Fisher and the rest of Wednesday’s guests, click here.

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