Rounding out the first week of NFL Free Agency. We began the show with ongoing reports from around the league and from back here at One Bills Drive. That includes the official announcement of the team extending defensive tackle Kyle Williams. There are also reports that the team has signed WR Percy Harvin. We brought on Vikings color analyst and former NFL linebacker Pete Bercich who weighed in on Harvin and his time in Minnesota. Bercich also talked about former Viking and now Bills additions, Matt Cassel and Jerome Felton.
Speaking of Felton, he was introduced as the team’s new fullback on Wednesday. He sat down with us on Friday to discuss his reason for opting out of his contract in Minnesota and the decision to sign a free agent deal in Buffalo, adding “The Bills want a winning program here and they want to win now and I’m happy to be a part of it.” Felton also discussed his role in the offensive, leading the way for new RB LeSean McCoy.
“When the running backs are having a lot of success or getting 200-yards, 150-yards, or averaging five yards a carry, those are the things that get me excited. I take it real seriously but I joke around and say I’m the real secret service! So he’s (McCoy) safe now. We’re going to have a good time and we got to chat it up a little bit and we’re both excited to get to work and get in here and turn this into a winning franchise.”
Last week we caught up with Cyrus Kouandjio who has been training in Arizona under LeCharles Bentley at his O-line Performance Training Academy. We decided to reach out to LeCharles to get a lowdown on his program and why he personally selects who he will train, picking out those players who have the “it factor.” Bentley was very energetic in describing why he wants to work with players like Cyrus Kouandjio.
“You end up being with a guy like Cyrus that has all the tangibles but he also has that one thing I just can’t put my finger on and it’s that ‘it’ factor. If you can get that ‘it’ factor to mesh with the tangibles, now you have something special and that’s the beautiful part about offensive linemen. LeCharles said. “I love seeing young guys like Cyrus learn and grow from their mistakes and that’s something I pride myself on is being able to provide an opportunity and an environment for these young guys to grow.”
We circled back to free agency and called on former NFL scout and contributor to National Football Post, Greg Gabriel. Gabriel shared his thoughts on the Bills moves, stating that LeSean McCoy is a “huge” addition on the roster. He went on to talk about scouting talent and finding ascending players to fit a specific system in which he talks about in his recent article on National Football Post How Clubs Prepare for Free Agency. To hear that and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, click here.
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