Players wrapping up the first two weeks of offseason workouts. They will depart until mini-camp starts in a couple of weeks. Before they took off we were able to catch up to a few players and coaches. We began the show hearing from outspoken head coach Rex Ryan. Running back Fred Jackson commented on the running back group and the offensive system of Greg Roman and defensive end Jerry Hughes on the new system in place on the defensive side of the ball.
We also were able to track down new wide receiver Percy Harvin. Harvin has spent these past couple weeks getting acclimated with his new teammates and the atmosphere here in Buffalo. He mentioned how the strength and conditioning program has been the “most competitive and most challenging” he’s ever been a part of. Harvin went on to talk about rejoining Rex Ryan and receivers coach Sanjay Lal and how those two coaches have sparked his ability to be a complete wide-out. He’s looking to build on his success last season in New York as an outside receiver and is ready to prove he can be an all-around threat.
“Coach Rex Ryan saw that I can be a receiver and that I can run routes. That’s the thing I like about Coach Sanjay (Lal). He said he worked on that with me and the results I was getting, if you turned on the film, I’m creating separation, I’m running posts, I’m running daggers, I’m running comebacks, and I don’t think people have given me credit for that. I feel like I can establish that here and show the world I can be an every down receiver but also add some of the gimmick stuff if that’s what the coach asks for.”
Harvin also talked about how he looks to continue his contributions in the return game on special teams and why Buffalo has become a destination for free agents, due in large part to his head coach Rex Ryan.
Speaking of Rex Ryan, he was featured on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated in an article with Jenny Vrentas. Vrentas called in at the top of the second hour to discuss her time at The Big Tree Inn where she conducted her interview alongside Bills Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas and Jim Kelly. She talked about Rex Ryan’s bravado and how Bills fans and the national media are feeding off of that, evidence of that when she showed up to do the story last week.
“We leave the stadium and Rex leaves in his Bills truck that everyone knows. I’m with the Bills head PR guy Scott Berchtold. We get there a couple minutes after Rex and his truck is parked right in the front of the Big Tree Inn lot so conspicuous to anyone who would drive by. The whole parking lot is full and I walk in and the place is awash with fans and I’m like ‘Oh, my gosh.’ This is supposed to be an interview off camera to the side and it wasn’t at all. He walks in and the fans are just mobbing Rex. I pull him aside and I say ‘Hey, I’m sorry I don’t mean for this to be stressed out or put you through a situation’ and he was like ‘No, I love it!’ and he really does. He really is just a regular dude. He’s comfortable hanging out in a sports bar. He likes the fans and he likes when they interact with him. He had no stress whatsoever.”
Finally, we reached out to Don Shonka, GM and National Scout for Ourlads.com. Shonka has been a part of player personnel work for over four decades and joined us to discuss his studies of this year’s draft class. He weighed in with thoughts on Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota who he compares to Aaron Rodgers. Shonka went on to discuss the Bills pick at number 50 and how the depth in this year’s draft is in the Bills favor, specifically when it comes to a versatile player along the offensive line.
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