The NFL offseason heating up days before the league year begins. The Bills agreeing on a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for quarterback Matt Cassel. There are also reports that the team is in the works to deal LB Kiko Alonso to the Eagles for running back LeSean McCoy. Plenty of reaction on these pending moves from the listeners tonight.
On that topic, we brought in Eagles play-by-play voice Merrill Reese. Reese talked about why LeSean McCoy is one of his favorite players calling him “one of the most electric players you’ve ever seen”, why the Eagles seem willing to part ways with such a high profile player, and what he could bring to the Bills offense.
“His elusiveness, his acceleration, his feel for the game, the ability to block, the ability to catch. He doesn’t take hard hits and as Buddy Ryan told me many years ago, durability is as important as ability. Shady has had a concussion but has rarely missed any time. He’s out there every week.”
Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas returned to the show to voice his opinions on the recent news from One Bills Drive. Always excited to discuss the running back position, Thurman talked about the decision to add a veteran running back instead of drafting an unproven rookie.
“I don’t want to get a running back that, oh we have to wait and see if he can be able to perform and take the NFL punishment. We know LeSean McCoy can. He’s one of the top backs in the league. I’m sure anyone else would want to have him too at this point on their roster. I think it’s a great deal.”
Finally, we reached out to Vikings beat reporter Matt Vensel from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Vensel talked about Matt Cassel’s time in Minnesota and how the veteran QB had a good start to the 2014 season before suffering a season ending injury in week 3. Vensel added that he believes Cassel will be a good addition to the Bills quarterback group, a leader in the locker room, and one that you can trust to know the offense.
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