Nearing the end of the week here at One Bills Drive. Today, the rookies arrived on-scene for physicals and team photos. They will hit the field to kick off the team’s rookie minicamp Friday morning. We began the show with the news of the day, which included the Cowboys signing of former LSU guard La’el Collins and the retirement of all-pro safety Ed Reed in Baltimore.
Bills 3rd round pick John Miller will be out there this weekend with the rest of the rookie teammates as he looks towards grabbing a starting spot along the offensive line. To find out more on Miller, we reached out to his former offensive line coach at Louisville, Chris Klenakis. Klenakis talked about Miller’s physicality upfront, especially his strong suit in the run game and why he feels he will be a starter in the league.
“They’re going to like him. He’s a very explosive athlete, very strong, very powerful guy. He comes off and has good quickness in his first two steps. He has a good punch and his FBI, football intelligence is very high.”
Bills 7th round pick, WR Dezmin Lewis called in next to discuss his first day in Buffalo meeting his teammates and interacting with the rest of the Bills personnel. Lewis talked about his experience at Central Arkansas, an FCS school, the chance to
compete against the top defensive backs at January’s Senior Bowl, and why his size
will be an added benefit to the Bills wide receiver group.
“The coaches really liked how I can high-point the ball. I’m a big receiver and I know how to use by body and attack the ball with my hands. I’ve been hearing that a lot from the fans, the coaches, everybody that Buffalo needs a big receiver and they’re looking for me to be that guy.”
Sticking with the Draft and rookies trying to make an impression, UB Grad and now Seattle Seahawk, Kristjan Sokoli joined us in the second hour. Sokoli was a 6th round selection this past weekend. The former standout defensive linemen at UB
will look to make the transition to the offensive side of the ball. Tom Cable, Seattle’s offensive line coach, approached Sokoli about the switch. Sokoli said he is open to the idea and is up for the challenge. He also talked about his “underdog” story of coming to the United States after spending the first nine years of his life in Albania.
To round out the show, we brought in Sean Glennon, author of Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback. He discussed the Ted Wells Investigation into the Patriots deflation of game balls and the possible involvement of Brady and the potential discipline.
On that topic, we listened in as the Patriots Quarterback sat down at Salem State University in Massachusetts for a scheduled speaking engagement with Sportscaster Jim Gray. Brady spoke about the recent findings but was not ready to answer any hard pressing questions. To hear that and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.
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