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Mike Williams: “Throw it to the clouds”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 10, 2014 – 8:00 pm

After two preseason games, and three weeks of training camp, the chemistry between QB EJ Manuel and veteran WR Mike Williams is starting to develop.

In Friday’s preseason win in Carolina, the pair connected for a 28-yard pass play down the middle when Manuel threw it high and Williams went over DB Josh Norman to bring it in.

In Sunday’s after practice at training camp, Manuel and Williams were at it again. EJ found Williams in the end zone during red zone work in one of the early 11-on-11 sessions. And Williams was targeted several times in later red zone work as well.

Williams says he wants to be the quarterback’s go-to guy in the red zone, and he practically guarantees success when he’s thrown the ball.

“I always tell them there’s a 96-percent chance–the other 4-percent is their fault,” he laughed.  “I always tell them, throw it to the clouds, I’m going to find a way to bring it down.”

“It’s true,” Manuel says.  “He’s done it day and day out and he’s been very consistent as far as tracking the ball, whether it’s a fade or a deep ball or a post. I think a great example of that was how we did it in the game. The corner played off him a little bit and I just stuck it on him, he went up and made a great catch. Having that as a security blanked with a wide receiver is awesome for us. ”

Williams says he focuses on making big impact catches, for touchdowns and first downs, instead of worrying about how many passes he catches in a game.

” My mom always said, ‘make them see you when they’re supposed to see you.’ That’s what she always said to me,” Williams said. “That’s like big first downs, touchdowns, those are the ones they see. They don’t see the first play of the game, slants or the second play of the game, curl route. As soon as you catch that third and 15 or game-tieing touchdowns, those are the ones they remember. It kinda seems like that’s how my career is going.”


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Competitive fire on display Sunday

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 10, 2014 – 7:04 pm

A long, hot practice in the sunshine at Bills camp made for some competitive, chippy play on Sunday.  And both the Bills offense and defense were not shy about letting the other side know when they made big plays.

Veteran wideout Mike Williams took an extra long bow to the crowd after catching a tough touchdown pass in traffic during red zone work.  And Williams curtain call resulted in DB Corey Graham throwing the ball at him after he started to return to the huddle.

“I had about six touchdowns today,” Williams said after practice. “It’s very competitive, we wanted to make it like that. We always want to make it competitive, we want them (defense) to compete, so we can be our best on Sundays.”

Safety Aaron Williams embraced the competitive, fiery nature of Sunday’s practice.

“It’s just one of the things we’re trying to do to get better,” he said. “We don’t want to take crap from anybody. When somebody jumps in your face we’re not going to let it go. We’re trying to be a different defense, more attitude, and just trying to have the attitude that we’re going to win and it has to happen on both sides.”


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Marrone: “Training camp-mode is not over”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 21, 2013 – 8:30 pm

The 2013 Bills Training Camp is over at St. John Fisher College. But first year Head Coach Doug Marrone wants his team to continue in training camp mode for the next few weeks.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night from camp, Marrone said he’s telling Bills players to keep their training camp focus going, even as the operation moves back to Orchard Park.

“Everyone’s going to say, ‘Training camp is over, you’re breaking training camp,'” Marrone said.
“The one thing I want the players to understand is that even though we’re leaving St. John Fisher, and that part of it has been absolutely amazing, but even though we’re going back to Buffalo, we still have to keep that training camp mentality.”

Marrone says relationships are forged and chemistry is built in training camp, especially when an NFL team goes off-site, like the Bills have for the last 3 1/2 weeks in Pittsford.

“I’ve always enjoyed it,” he told host John Murphy. “I’ve done it as a player, as a coach. You get away, it’s a different type of mentality, not only for those players and the coaches. But also for their families.”

“My family doesn’t really call me or bother me, because they know, ‘He’s in camp right now.’ As a player, I think people understand the time restraints. And I think that helps you concentrate on what your job is.”

The entire radio interview with Head Coach Doug Marrone is available at\johnmurphyshow

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MMA workouts key for Stevie Johnson in camp

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2013 – 9:36 pm

The Bills catch a break Thursday with a day off at training camp. And they’ve earned it, with four practices in just over two and a half days, the last two in full pads.

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson says the training camp practices have been tough and physical. But in an appearance on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, Stevie said his grueling offseason workouts in Los Angeles are paying dividends now.

Stevie said the workouts based on MMA principles (Mixed Martial Arts) were particularly helpful in getting him ready for camp.

“The MMA training that I did in LA with Jay Glazer,” he said, “the tempo and the pounding that you take with the medicine ball, and then you’re punching the bags, and then you go to the jump ropes, and you’re continually working and running around. It’s the same kind of mental preparation here, to do those activities.” traveled to Los Angeles to document Johnson’s offseason workout.


Stevie Johnson also said that despite the fact that he injured his back during the workout back in March, he was not hurt while performing any special exercises or routines for the camera, as had been reported.

” It could have happened any day,” he said. “It just so happened that it occurred when we were filming. I thought nothing of it. I felt it, but I thought nothing of it. And then little did we know, it ended up being a slight fracture. I wasn’t going harder that day than I did any other day. They got the full regimen of what I was doing.”

The entire radio interview with Stevie Johnson is available here:


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Stevie’s “Handle business-have fun” philosophy

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2013 – 8:30 pm

It’s a pretty simple approach. Bills WR Stevie Johnson‘s approach to his NFL career can be summed up in four words that have become his unofficial mantra.

“Handle business-have fun.”

Stevie refers to it as “HB-HF” and the training camp crowds in Pittsford can often be heard shouting it out to the Bills veteran wideout during practice.

Johnson appeared on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, and he elaborated what his “Handle business-Have fun” approach is all about. He’s happy fans are embracing his approach.

“That’s a good thing. I’m happy the word has pretty much spread throughout the locker room,” Johnson said. “I’m just trying to instill it with my receiving corps, handle biz and have fun. These coaches we have, they actually had a meeting about have more fun, have more fun on the field. In the game, make sure you take care of business first, then have fun.”

Host John Murphy asked Stevie if it’s possible, in the high stakes, high pressure world of the NFL, to take care of business and still have fun.

“You can. It’s about winning games,” he answered.

“At this point, in my career with the Buffalo Bills, everybody knows that I have fun, I enjoy playing these games, I love it. But now it has to transition over, so that we have to win. We have to win more. We have to win more than six. It’s playoff time now. That’s when you will really see the fun in me and the guys around me.”

The entire radio interview with Stevie Johnson is available here

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NFL Net analyst says Bills camp more physical than Jets

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2013 – 4:45 pm

NFL Network analyst Heath Evans was one of several national NFL reporters who made a visit to Bills camp in Pittsford this week. And the former fullback for the Dolphins, Patriots, and Saints says after visiting the Bills and Jets camp on back to back days, there’s no question which camp features more physical play.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Evans said he was in the Jets camp watching practice Monday, and then watched the Bills work out Tuesday morning.

“The physical tempo was totally different here, you guys get the edge there,” Evans said on the radio show. “The physical prowess of the team was totally different.”

“I didn’t hear any pads popping at all at the Jets camp,” Evans told host John Murphy. “Here at Bills camp, I heard Coach Marrone yelling, ‘Stay off the ground, stay off the ground,’ because guys are getting too physical for the first day of pads. You’d much rather have your team too physical as opposed to too soft.”

The entire radio interview with NFL Network Analyst Heath Evans is available here

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