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Whaley likes personnel in camp

Posted Aug 4, 2012

They’re not a finished product, and they haven’t even played a preseason game yet.  But the Buffalo Bills talent on the field looks pretty good, according to the team’s Director of Player Personnel.

Appearing on the John Murphy Show Friday night, Bills Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel Doug Whaley says the team remains on the lookout for new talent, but he likes what he sees after one week of training camp.

“From my standpoint, we’re always looking to upgrade and get better,”   Whaley said.  “But at this time, we’re very much settled with the competition that we brought in, and the level of play.  But again we will always be looking out there. Anywhere we think we can improve, we will be on it.”

The Bills brought in veteran safety Jim Leonhard Thursday for a visit to a camp.  He is an unsigned free agent who was released by the New York Jets last January, one month after undergoing surgery on a torn patella tendon.

“It was just a preliminary look-see,” Whaley said in his radio appearance.  “If you look at it, we have three tremendous safeties, and some young guys.  We’re just doing our due diligence.  Something happens to one of the vet guys, y’know,  ‘who’s out there---let’s take a look at this guy if we need him, where is he health-wise? ’”

Leonhard left Bills Camp Friday without being offered a contract. 

The Bills scouting staff has arrived at training camp this weekend, to spend a few days looking over the roster and get preliminary evaluations on the 2012 draft picks.

Whaley already has positive reviews for first round selection Stephon Gilmore.

“Not only on the field, but off the field, he’s a special person.  This guy is focused and all he wants to do is play football, and be the best that he can be.  And he is as advertised.”

Second rounder Cordy Glenn is getting more reps at left tackle.  And the Bills personnel chief says Glenn has already won positive reviews from his teammates across the line of scrimmage.

“I think he’s ahead of where I thought he would be,” Whaley said.  “I was talking to Mario Williams, and I asked him, ‘What do you think of the new guy?’  And he said, ‘He’s athletic and he’s got good feet.  He’s got a high ceiling.’   And that’s what we believe, and I think he’s just going to get better and better.”

The entire Doug Whaley interview can be heard on the John Murphy Show podcast on BuffaloBills.com

 

The John Murphy Show is broadcast weeknights from 7-9pm on the Flagship Station of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network WGR Sports Radio 550.  To listen to previous shows click here.