Rookies Meet The Media
It was another quiet off season week but the Bills kept the media busy by making seven draft picks, one undrafted free agent, and an NFL Europe star available for interviews. Here is our take on all the issues from the week:On Monday, second round draft pick Chris Kelsay and 6th rounder Lauvele Sape were the first two to address the media. Kelsay said he knows he can play at this level. Right now he is trying to hone in on his skills and he's making the most of every opportunity he gets while the veterans aren't in camp. Sape is really happy to be in the NFL. He feels fortunate to be with the Bills and said he will do whatever he can to be part of the team and help them win. Our Take: Kelsay may be perfect for this defense and hopefully he'll break the string of second round busts (with the exception of Josh Reed). We think he will have an immediate impact. Sape's biggest problem may be adjusting to the Buffalo weather but he has the heart to make it.
Tuesday's interviews were draft picks Angelo Crowell and Ben Sobieski. Crowell feels he's adjusting well thanks to the experiences of his brother, former Lion WR Germaine Crowell. He will try to make an immediate impression on special teams. Sobieski may be destined for Center even though he never played the position in College. He feels he will be able to make the jump if asked and he is learning the calls anyway. Sobieski feels he deserves to be in the pros despite battling injuries in college. Our Take: Sobieski has a swagger about him, and may resist the move to Center but that is his best chance of making the team. Crowell may turn into a good special teams player since that was emphasized to him in College playing under Al Groh.
Three players addressed the media on Wednesday. Two draft picks, Sam Aiken and Terrence McGee, were joined by undrafted free agent Jon Dorenbos. Aiken feels he's stepping up to the challenge of playing in the NFL thanks to his versatility. He's currently learning all the plays and how to disguise his routes. McGee said his learning process is a bit slow and he hopes to retun punts his rookie year. Dorenbos said he's here to play the game he loves and he chose Buffalow because it was his best chance at making a team. Our Take: Aiken should be the number four man his rookie year so he will get time to learn the game behind veteran receivers. McGee seems to be struggling early picking things up, making him a candidate for the practice squad unless he really impresses coaches as a return man in camp. Dorenbos may be the best long snapper in college last year and the fact the Bills had him talk to the media may speak volumes about the fact that they believe he is their man.
Finally on Thursday, 7th round pick Mario Haggan and NFL Europe star Ken Simonton spoke to the media. Haggan said he's having a lot of fun and he feels real good right now. He is learning special teams and the mike linebacker spot while losing a few pounds to gain some speed. Simonton said he's enjoying the opportunity of playing in Europe since it gives him a chance to touch the ball, something that might not happen much in Buffalo. He feels he's athletic ability will be enough to make the team in Buffalo and will learn the system upon the end of the Europe season. Our Take: Haggan is another one that will have to make his mark on special teams. Simonton is turning heads on the coaching staff but will he get a chance to make the team or be this year's version of Curtis Alexander? He was a top back in Europe last year but barely touched the ball in training camp with the Bills.
Speaking of Ken Simonton, he had another touchdown this past Saturday as he ran 20 times for 94 yards in Scotland's victory over Amsterdam. Our Take: The Bills may have no choice but to give him a second look in training camp.
In rumor news, two players became linked to the Bills in rumors. The Bills reportedly had some interest in safety Marcus Robertson since he played for Gregg Williams in Tennessee. Late in the week, Empire reported that the Bille were not interested in the former Seahawk and Titan. WR Shawn Jefferson was the other player who was considering in offer from Buffalo and Detroit. He chose the Lions instead since they have the West Coast Offense and more opportunities for him. Our Take: Neither player would be a big help for the team.
In other news, tickets go on sale for the scrimmage in Cleveland on June 7th. The scrimmage will take place on August 2nd. Group tickets for individual regular season games will go on sale June 2nd. You need a minimum of 15 people for group sales and they can be obtained by mail, phone, or e-mail. WGRZ-TV, Buffalo's NBC affiliate will simulcast the three ESPN Bills games this season including the exhibition game in Baltimore on Aug 16th, the Miami game on Sept. 21st, and the KC game on Oct. 26th. Our Take: Cleveland is beautiful in the summer, so a scrimmage may be a good time. Getting a group for a Bills game is also a great time. Seeing the Bills on NBC for three of their games will be strange.
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