Wrapping up the week here at One Bills Drive. A quiet day around the building and the league. We asked the listeners tonight to give their wish list for the season opener and which team they would like to see the Bills open up against. There were plenty of responses from Rex vs. the Jets, to kicking off the season with the Patriots, to even a matchup with Kiko Alonso and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Speaking of the Bills schedule, the Bills have opened up their 2015 Bills Schedule Challenge, where you can attempt to correctly predict all 16-games and the bye week. ESPN SportsCenter anchor and a huge Bills fan Kevin Connors gave it a shot. Connors called in at the top of the second hour to discuss plotting out the Bills season and why he thinks the Bills are going to take the next step after their offseason moves.
“The changes that we’ve made, this roster, when you look around the NFL, there are not a whole lot of rosters better than what we have. Now, you can win the offseason and that doesn’t mean anything when week one rolls around but for a change we’re going into the season one of the hunted. I look forward to having that reputation around here at ESPN for a while.”
Bills safety Duke Williams joined us as well. Williams has been hard at work during this offseason out in Nevada and is looking forward to interacting with the new coaching staff when the players report for their voluntary workouts on April 6th. He talked about that and reuniting with defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson. With the recent departure of Da’Norris Searcy in free agency, Williams has a chance to slip into that open spot at safety. He talked about filling that starting role.
“I think it’s that time. We weren’t able to keep Da’Norris and I think it’s time for me to step up and be that guy this year. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been working towards it and that’s what I expect coming into 2015.”
Rounding out the show, we reached out to Toronto Sun NFL Reporter John Kryk. Kryk spent this past week at the NFL Owner’s Meetings in Arizona where he gathered information on the possibility of relocation in the NFL. From Clark Hunt, owner of the Chiefs to Bills owner Terry Pegula, owners spoke of the discussion to have a team across the border.
“Three owners told me independently that the Toronto market is a market they’d like to get to. It’s just, as always, the big ‘how.’ How do we get there? There are a lot of obstacles in the way.” Kryk said. “The biggest problem with Toronto right now, as is in LA for the past twenty years, is that the NFL is not going to come unless there is an NFL worthy stadium but no one is going to build an NFL worthy stadium unless the NFL is going to come.”
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