The Bills wrapping up another week of OTAs on Thursday. Afterwards, assistant coaches met with the media. We heard from offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as he talked about the changes along the line. We began with that and updated the news of the day, which included the official announcement of the Bills/Browns joint practices at St. John Fisher College during Training Camp.
We finally were able to catch up with offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, who called in to kick-off our guest set. Henderson talked about the ‘surprise’ he had in playing all 16-games last season. Throughout this year’s OTAs, he has been rotating from right to left tackle. After spending all of last season on the right side, he discussed the adjustment to playing on the other end and finding his comfort zone.
“I’m trying to get to get it down pat. I’m usually more comfortable on the right but it’s good to be versatile. I’m just trying to get my technique down as far as coming back comfortable on that side.” Henderson said. “It’s what I played all through college all the way up until now. I just played a little bit of left tackle last preseason. That was a little different for me, too but I like both sides so it’s fine with me.”
At the top of the second hour, we were joined by Bills assistant defensive backs coach Tim McDonald. McDonald discussed his coaching path so far, mentioning the college ranks and now the NFL. He cited the skill players he’s been associated with over the years, mentioning both Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Now here in Buffalo, McDonald ran down the talent the Bills have in the defensive backfield, including the guys outside at corner, playing man-to-man coverage.
“Press allows us to do a lot of things away from the press side. You always hear about these shutdown corners. Those guys can control vertical throws on their side of the field. If we have a guy that can do that, it makes playing football a whole lot easier. There are a lot of other things you can do to get pressure on that quarterback.” McDonald said. “If you have a (Stephon) Gilmore and a (Leodis) McKelvin that was playing the way he was playing last year before he got hurt. You have those guys sitting over there, it’s going to be tough on the quarterback.”
Wednesday, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame announced their 25th anniversary class. Among them was Bills AFL member Al Bemiller, who was part of the back-to-back AFL Championship teams in the mid-1960’s. Bemiller, a standout offensive guard/center called in to round out the show and talk about his upcoming honor, his time at Syracuse winning a National Championship, and getting drafted by the Bills and the immediate impact he had on the offensive line.
“I don’t care if it’s the top or the bottom, I’m in there and it’s a great, great, great thing that I never thought would happen. I want to thank you (John Murphy) and whoever else is responsible because it’s a great thing for me.”
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