We began tonight’s show with the news of the day, which included the news of a free agent visit from a familiar name to Bills fans, wide receiver Brad Smith. We also heard from defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman on the re-signing of Jerry Hughes, the linebacking group, and the depth along the defensive line. As the draft approaches we listened in to a conference call from former Bills General Manager and 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Polian, who shared his thoughts on some of the 2015 prospects.
It’s been a while since we heard from quarterback EJ Manuel. Manuel sat down with us in-studio to go in-depth about what he learned from his 2014 season sitting behind veteran Kyle Orton and what he was able to pick up running the scout team. He said he’s “licking his chops” to get the 2015 QB competition underway and show that he can be a playmaker in Greg Roman’s offense.
“I don’t like to necessarily like to say I’m a playmaker with the running game or I’m a playmaker with the pass game. I believe I can do both. Last year and the first two years, I feel like I did a little of that. I showed glitz and glares of what I can do but I want to do it on a consistent basis and I really think that starts with truly understanding our offense and truly mastering the offense and really being an
extension of coach Roman. I have to know the offense better or just as good as he does.” Manuel said “When I went into the offseason this year, I really just wanted to focus on the accuracy and just be on-point. I wanted to come into camp with confidence knowing that if there’s a ball in my hand, wherever I want to put this ball on the field, I can do it. That’s why I went and met with Steve (DeBerg) and he helped me get to that point.”
Former NFL QB Steve DeBerg worked with EJ Manuel during the offseason on his accuracy. DeBerg was a guest on the John Murphy Show Monday night.
Sticking with the offense, we caught up with offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. Kromer joins Rex Ryan’s staff after he was the offensive coordinator in Chicago. Kromer talked about his first impressions of Buffalo, why he feels it’s important to work close with Greg Roman to get a complete understanding of the offense, and his limited interaction with the players thus far. Kromer also shared his philosophy for building a strong offensive line group.
“What we try to stress is that guys help each other. It’s not me against you or I’m trying to beat you out. Yeah, there is competition to see who is playing but as they’re doing that, they’re helping the guy next to them get better. They’re helping the guy behind them, the guy in front of them to hone their skills because you never know who will end up playing or who is going to have to play if you get hurt or if you are the starter. So, what this has allowed us to do is have more success as a group because everybody is unselfishly working together. We find that we have more success and more guys make the Pro Bowl because of that thought process.”
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