1 - Josh Allen poses question for Jalen Ramsey
Hey Ramsey… Am I still trash?
Last season Allen took the high road when Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey called out a quarterback who had yet to play an NFL game. Ramsey called Allen “trash” during an interview with GQ.
“I think [Buffalo Bills draft pick Josh] Allen is trash. I don’t care what nobody say. He’s trash. And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell. I hope he’s their starting quarterback. He played at Wyoming. Every time they played a big school--like, they played Iowa State, which is not a big school in my opinion because I went to Florida State, and he threw five interceptions, and they lost by a couple touchdowns or something like that. He never beat a big school. If you look at his games against big schools, it was always hella interceptions, hella turnovers. It’s like: Yo, if you’re this good, why couldn’t you do better? He fits that mold, he’s a big, tall quarterback. Big arm, supposedly. I don’t see it, personally.”
Allen remained humble and responded that the cornerback was one of the best defensive players in the league and waited until the teams matched up in Week 12 to prove him wrong.
Allen finished 8-19 for 160 yards and one touchdown. But we’re sure Ramsey didn’t forget this rushing touchdown to give the Bills the lead.
Allen, while signing autographs this past weekend in Batavia, was asked to sign a photo of him celebrating after scoring that touchdown against Jacksonville. Allen signed his name, #BillsMafia, and “Hey Ramsey… Am I still trash?”
2 - Bills rookie: “We’re doing KGB stuff”
Making the transition from college to the NFL isn’t easy for most rookies. Rookies go from the best players on their respective team, matching up with only a few NFL caliber players, to matching up against a whole team of them.
Harrison Phillips experienced that over his first 16 games as a pro as he made the jump from the PAC-12 to the NFL. Phillips went on the Sharp & Benning In The Morning show to talk about his transition and work he put in during his first year in the NFL..
Phillips opened up stating that the Bills coaches and general manager Brandon Beane recruit a lot of players with high character. One player in particular was Kyle Williams, Phillips’ mentor throughout the season.
“He taught me so much how NFL offensive structures are different than PAC-12,” Phillips said. “We’re doing KGB stuff watching the games, listening to what the quarterbacks are saying and when they’re out there audibling, then I can hear the call and know what the play is going to be. Same with watching the way somebody motions, what personnel they have. If it comes easier, you’ll know the play before the play happens.”
Phillips learned and adapted to his role throughout the season, he recorded a season-high six tackles against New England in week 16. He finished the season with 35 total tackles, one fumble recovery, and two quarterback hits playing every game.
3 - Wood: Bills need a mix along the offensive line
Eric Wood went on One Bills Drive to discuss the Bills’ offseason approach to fixing the offensive line and the new coaching hires they have made.
While Wood doesn’t have an in to the Bills front office anymore he still gave his insight on what Buffalo needs to be better upfront next season. The Bills need a mix of veterans, young draftees and players who will be projects. Buffalo has already brought in Spencer Long to add depth to the line and has the opportunity at the ninth pick to add an impact player like Jawaan Taylor from Florida, who has been projected to the Bills in more than one mock draft.
Wood also spoke how new offensive line coach Bobby Johnson should help to continue to improve the play upfront.