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Reed’s 1985 draft slot among WRs

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2014 – 7:21 pm

Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed, who has been chosen for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was taken in the fourth round of the 1985 NFL draft and was the 13th wide receiver selected. Here are the 12 receivers taken ahead of him, which includes one other Hall of Famer in Jerry Rice.

First round
#10 – Al Toon (Jets)
#13 – Eddie Brown (Bengals)
#16 – Jerry Rice (49ers)
#23 – Jessie Hester (Raiders)

Second round
#31 – Vance Johnson (Broncos)
#42 – Chris Burkett (Bills)
#46 – Stacy Robinson (Giants)
#50 – Chuck Scott (Rams)

Third round
#78 – James Maness (Bears)
#79 – Tim Moffett (Raiders)
#81 – Danny Greene (Seahawks)

Fourth round
#85 – Buster Rhymes (Vikings)
#86 – Andre Reed (Bills)

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Big WRs will get Senior Bowl attention

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 20, 2014 – 2:20 pm

If you’re one of those who think the Bills should be shopping for a big wide receiver in the draft this year, you may want to keep an eye on the receivers at the Senior Bowl.
In particular, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews seems to be the top receiver among the group assembled in Mobile this week.
Matthews and his teammates on the South team will take the field Monday afternoon at Fairhope Stadium outside Mobile for their first Senior Bowl workout
He’s 6-3, 206 pounds, and he made 201 catches over the last two seasons for the Vanderbilt Commodores.
And Matthews leaves Vanderbilt as the all time leader in receptions in the SEC, with 262 catches.
He’s been compared to long time Colts standout Reggie Wayne.
Bills scouts at the Senior Bowl will no doubt have their eyes trained on Matthews when the workouts commence.
And there’s this–Matthews cousin is Jerry Rice.

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Rice believes Reed deserving of HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2014 – 1:37 pm

The Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists for the 2014 class will be announced tonight on NFL Network at 9 pm, and Andre Reed is widely expected to be named a finalist for the eighth straight year. But what kind of support might Reed get in the room of the Hall of Fame Committee voters? Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice, a player peer to Reed, said the Bills Wall of Famer deserves to be enshrined.

In an interview on NFL Network Rice felt Reed did enough in his career to be inducted.

“I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Rice of Reed. “Will he get in this year, I think it’s going to be really close. But I think with Andre Reed what he was able to do with Jim Kelly and the numbers he was able to put up and he was a playmaker on that football team, so I think he deserves to be in.”

When asked to assess Reed’s chances knowing there are other receivers expected to be among the finalists again this year, Rice said he doesn’t expect it to be easy.

“I don’t know how the committee is going to pick these guys,” said Rice. “I think he’s put up outstanding numbers. The people he played with also put up outstanding numbers, but now he’s been out for seven years and he’s been waiting and you’ve also got Tim Brown and Marvin Harrison so it might be difficult for him to get in.”

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Jerry Rice & Reggie Wayne: NFL models for Robert Woods

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2013 – 8:30 pm

It’s been four days since the Bills chose USC wide receiver Robert Woods in the NFL draft. And Buffalo’s second round pick is gearing up for the team’s rookie minicamp next week.

Tuesday night, Woods appeared as a guest on The John Murphy Show. And the talented wideout was asked which NFL receivers, past or present, he has modeled his game after.

“I try to pattern my game off of Jerry Rice, Reggie Wayne, a little bit of everybody,” Woods replied. “I try to put parts of their game into mine. That makes me a complete receiver. I take something that a big receiver does, and match it with my size. It makes me more complete because I can do it all.”

Woods has had phone conversations with the Bills coaching staff since he was selected last Friday night. But he’s looking forward to being at One Bills Drive next week to meet the staff face to face, and get together with his teammates. Woods says he’s been on the internet the last few days finding out as much as he can about his new team.

“I’ve done a little research,” he said. “Checked out my competition at the receiver position, guys that have been there and guys we’ve brought in. That’s rule number one for me—check out my competition and be ready to compete once I get there. I also looked into the Bills history also, last year they went 6-10. They had some tough losses, some close games.”

The entire interview with Robert Woods is available at\johnmurphyshow

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The good & bad news about Reed’s chances

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2013 – 6:48 pm

With Andre Reed not gaining induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite being a finalist for each of the past seven years, there is some good news about the outcome this year, but also bad news about next year.

With Cris Carter being selected for enshrinement, the logjam of Tim Brown, Carter and Reed has finally been broken. Reed had been the only one of the three to advance to the final 10 in the first reduction vote from 15 each of the past three years. But this year Carter was the only one of the three to make the second cut to five and then got the required 80 percent of the vote.

With the logjam broken it would seem that Reed is the odds on favorite among receivers to advance the furthest next year.

The bad news is even though a receiver has been taken out of the mix in Carter, another will be added next year as Marvin Harrison will be a first-year eligible.

Harrison has the second most receptions in NFL history behind only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. The receiver that’s third on the list of all-time receptions… is 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter.

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