Veterans and rookies continuing their offseason workouts inside the ADRPO Sports Training Center. Afterwards, head coach Rex Ryan spoke to the media. We heard from him and quarterback EJ Manuel to begin the show. We asked the listeners; With the bulk of talent in the offensive backfield, come season start, how will that position group look? Who will stick around and who will be left on the outside? A decent amount of reaction on that topic tonight.
We sat down with the Bills new fullback, John Conner. Conner signing with the team this morning. He reunites with Rex Ryan and running back coach Anthony Lynn from his time in New York with the Jets. He discussed his familiarity with the staff, his excitement for a ground-and-pound offense, and where he will fit in with both special teams and the offensive backfield.
“I think it’s an exciting thing when you sign two fullbacks. That means there’s going to be some running involved. That definitely got me a little excited. I’m just going to go out there and give it my best and try to help this team out the best way I can, whether that be on offense as well as on special teams. I’m just really excited to get going and show what I can do out there.”
Conner went on to talk about his various nicknames and his involvement in HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ during his rookie season with the Jets in 2010.
At the top of the second hour, we were joined by the editor of NFL.com’s Around the NFL, Greg Rosenthal. Rosenthal talked about the competition around AFC East, weighing in on the race for the division, and why he believes the Patriots will hang on to that top spot. We asked him about his recent article on the site where he projects the Bills week one starters. Rosenthal discussed the battle at QB and had an interesting take on the team’s defensive backfield. All-in-all, he feels the Bills are primed for a post-season run.
“I think the Bills are taking the approach that they will have the best defensive line in football. That they’re going to have a top-five defense and that they will be able to run the ball. They will be surrounding (Matt) Cassel with more weapons than he’s ever had. I think if you have that, you can win some games and be good enough to get in the playoffs.”
We rounded out the show by bringing on Boston.com sports columnist Eric Wilbur. Wilbur weighed in with his take on the recent discipline for the Patriots and Tom Brady and how he thinks the team could have avoided their punishment by being upfront early and using “honesty as their best policy.”
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