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OT Saffold spoke with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2010 – 2:05 pm

Indiana offensive tackle Rodger Saffold is considered one of this year’s top 10 offensive tackles. He just spoke with the media here at the NFL Combine and confirmed that the Bills were one of several teams he has already spoken with here in Indianapolis.

“I talked to the Bills,” said Saffold. “Of course I talked with coach Johnson. When I got in there for the interview I saw coach Johnson and I tried to make sure I looked at everyone in the room, but it was hard not to focus on coach Johnson.”

Saffold is referring to Bills assistant offensive line coach Bobby Johnson, who was his offensive line coach at Indiana University before joining the Bills staff just last week.

“I had a really good talk with him and it made me feel a lot more comfortable out here, being the only Indiana offensive lineman invited,” said Saffold.

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Report: Bills to add asst. O-line coach

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2010 – 11:50 am

According to the Indiana Daily Student on campus in Bloomington, Hoosiers offensive line coach Bobby Johnson will be named assistant offensive line coach for the Bills.

Johnson has been coaching with Indiana for the past five years tutoring the likes of Roger Saffold, a highly thought of prospect in this year’s draft class.

A former offensive tackle himself, Johnson coached an Indiana line that broke the 2,000-yard rushing mark (2,003 yards – sixth in the Big Ten) for the second straight year in 2008, the first time since 2000 and 2001 an IU team produced back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons. IU averaged 4.5 yards per carry with the team rushing for over 250 yards four times.

What makes these numbers more impressive is the shuffling that took place on the line due to injuries. The Hoosiers used seven different starting lineups and nine total players, including three players receiving their first career action.

Johnson has also coached at his alma mater Miami University (OH) and the University of Akron.

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