May 24, 2016|
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On the eighteenth tee how my by the general manager of the Buffalo Bills talk Louisville's football that's Doug Whaley here on WGR Doug it's Howard and Jameer Jeremy good morning. Sir how are you today. I'm pretty good I'm in Florida. And the sunshine and and it's warms heart can't supply. And it's sunshine and warm here too he didn't have to go to Florida to get sunshine and warm this time a year. Art I can't believe that I mean when I left it was overcast and rain in the artery. Gorgeous it's gonna be eighty this weekend. We got enough yeah actually we had a number of things wanna get too but obviously a lot of folks wanna know what's going on with Shaq Lawson and Sammy Lockett so let me start there first off. The surgery was done on Shaq Lawson at what what is the timetable is there a timetable right now for Shaq Lawson. Well right now that if there isn't a timetable it's too early in the process. Let when everything that we saw going into the surgery it's safe to say you met some of their early part of the season. Now you know what's clear there another and cared about there one we were aware shall. What we wanted to take measures to prevent another flare up during the season and from ownership down and that is where you really happy. Command Shaq and has represented as. Two. Say let's take a preemptive measure picture we don't have another flare up during the season. And choose. Slide step has personal goals and look for the team in the monitor your career so we're excited about the course and we got and Shaq and and again everybody on board from ownership down. You mentioned you guys are where the injury I think one of the things people are curious about is. You know you mentioned the night of the draft the shoulder surgery in the shoulder injury came up beside him medical staff is cleared him. How could be cleared by the medical staff then in the very first weekend of activity in a non contact drill I guess. He already gets injured and has to have surgery. What you got that's that's where I wanted to clear up he it was cleared to play and he played with their children college. And he still cleared the playbook or the searcher so it we would have put rehab and on and then he would have been able to give back on the field. But the more more we bought about it and talk and again ownership. The medical staff the head coach myself. And Shaq has represented its leaders and much be proactive with this thing. Let's not have incidents that may in May came up come out five months from now may come out five days. Of unpredictability of when this player could happen again we checked out and says hey let's. What should remove all out and let's keep the soldiers surgery done now and then that preemptive and then we can remove all doubt misty ever. Flaring up again during the season or even next year or two years. Say saying just have an and ordered going over us government. The occurrence that happened at rookie camp he could have kind of rehab that on a short term basis and Ben ready to start the season but the plan was why do that we can get the long term fixed once and for all. You said it better that's why you're in the media. And our outlook but you know what they're about that that that whole thing. We looked at there it says there might rope but the Mac parliament and would not stop until we were all remarks that shack it was the same day. I came out we were retiring. The Jersey of Bruce Smith. When you think about it when I hear trees to disperse. Year we want to have you long term and root beer car and nurture. So let's look at it that way and that's how an organization and that Shaq and our representative equal we now. It got Serbs amounts to the buffalo market looks at it we want this guy here for. In the twelve years so we got sacked sparked a couple games on the front end. We're still climb up. AM with the with him being. They weren't starting your mentioned with him with Reggie Rahm Emanuel the dolphins Washington. They went starters get off the bus here they go. When you you said you're also aware of the shoulder situation so as you're going through your draft prepped and you're thinking I'd like my first round pick to be a day one starter. Were you thinking at all because of the shoulder that's not gonna be the case and if so why did you draft him thinking he might not start on day one. What we thought even with the way you played him with a shoulder and habits were a while in college that he can still come and and beard they want starter. Again this guy could play he could play with that limitation on the shoulder. If it ever flared up again. So it it didn't preclude us from taking a guy or thinking about its ability. And then when you add that into the factor of the total decision understand if you're this productive with their shoulder and has ever wants lie aggravated him college speaker how more. Is all levels wanna go out when he doesn't have those flare ups and not at. I haven't read out the week here and repair and miss some practice so that with the whole thought process that Jack. One other question on this in terms of his rookie year what he could accomplish now and then when asked about Sammy. So you've got a rookie Doug who's now gonna miss DO PH who missed training camp will miss the pre season you mentioned looks like he'll miss some of the early part of the season as well. How much of a setback is that for a rookie. When you look at when he does come back and play this season. What can we accomplish knowing that he's not gonna get that on field exposure practice wraps all that stuff for the next few months. Or look at it is it's a blessing and a curse it's a blessing Turkey can sit back. Focus on his rehab and be 100%. When he gets back but he can also be vote that backup quarterback. Accurate and I'm all the meetings and she's my own perspective. And from the teaching perspective what everything eat the two or someone else do it. And learn from their mistakes or copy what they did successful. Now what can he but. The could curse here he was not actually out there are doing it you have a much memory so it will be a little rusty but we think. Our caliber talent that he is and where. That we think he can become such a short span. That he either able to get up to speed. Those GM Doug Whaley minister and the AT&T hotline Sammy Watkins Doug what's the timetable with him. We don't anticipate him missing any part of the regular season. But right now we can't pinpoint the exact return date targets further along in rehab. So. We know for sure sure that this guy. Is going to be worked working diligently to get back and spot. New word about. The rash of in the number of injuries he's had is he injury prone. We can act as if you look at it and came ongoing street gang. So. It injury prone I would say that our thing's gonna come out. With a guy like this we hope that it is limited in the future but. This game of football and injuries are part of it it's a violent game and I are personal but human. Post play and they think you're gonna come up but we just the church and our medical staff and trust in each individual athletes it is. Do what they have to do to get back on the field. With Sammy. Not being on appeal let me ask you this now for the second straight off season. He you know he and Tyrod will not be on the field getting all those reps in OTAs and all this other stuff. How much of an issue could that be in terms of those two guys trying to build that chemistry. Late if you look at the positive. There's some of gold. A group of wide receivers balance to make this team so they're gonna have their experience showed us what they have I have not have a candidate reps. Is it gonna be a detriment to their growth as a duo I don't think so because if you look at that last after the achievements and came back. It's and it was the third leading receiver. In the league the last 99. Games so we think that we'll what we'll come back very quickly. That we get a couple names scented every now and then when it comes after the loss and injury in the Sammy injury. The name Dwight Freeney is always sending us tweets tax did you have any contact or any interest in bringing in a guy like that. Julio is propped open and never say never we haven't reached on contact anybody right now. What we're doing it just kind of cute and not looked at the element of the guys we have all on the roster and some of the young guys. But again we all keep options open and now we are both personnel armored had a iiroc and I can't. Those guys always keep your breasts that look out there and we continually update what we call shall. What about Anquan Boldin did you have any contact with his reps. Not yet now now now now now not yet again would we want seal what we have in the development of the guys on the roster now you're PH guys like that. We look at it consummate professional there I was going to be in shape. And at the con com where we thank. Hey there's these young guys are progressing the way we've we need him to. And that's when he turned to a guy like Anquan Bolden are likely but at this time written well look in the belts young guy. With the ice futures saying that those guys that are out there we can if you each take vehicles tick them off. All right one other name wanna bring up with you and that is Stephon Gilmore. But yeah from the concept of the value you always talk a lot about value the bills place a value on each player when you go through free agency and contracts and who decide. What kind of value do you as the GM. What on. A cornerback in this day and age and a defense because we're talking about some really big money contracts here for quarterbacks. What kind of value do you put on that position. Can actually get through it sort of heard our (%expletive) and her up now like I think it's plead the fifth. Expression and Rex Ryan defense there's. It's an important it's important position or what he likes to do with the defense. But again everybody. Yeah yeah yeah have a value and where the juggling process comes and has. All right you wanna set a value like I like how without saying that your first step but then how does that step fractured neck step. So we put a value on that spot but it hinders us from doing something else like. Down the road. And that's when you have to adjust your value on that guy so it's going to be complicated process. What we think the main thing network side about it both sides. Want the goal to beat that he comes back on the contract so that's a great which. In that vein Doug there are certain positions like you wouldn't necessarily worry about a big contract quarterback. Pass rusher left tackle you just give a really big contract according glad. Is that position again you may be it's different with this defense specifically but is is quarterback a position where you would feel comfortable saying that's a big money position. Yes unfortunately. You're you're killing me as a but hopefully no one has the transcripts of this put it if you look at me it's. Look at the corner in the late Billy court they get paid. Early money so. Were excited that we have stepped armor excitedly app Darby so we have to what we say. Top gear corners in the league. And it's going to be close it is and we'll put an exciting music that we're excited for those guys in and see them get out there and play. Or sixteen games and perform well and then we'll see where it goes on the business side after that. I a one less thing for because I know you're you're actually in meetings and you gotta get into a meeting. The right side of your offensive line dug wanna ask you about that particular spot right now first off. Jon Miller what do you need to see from him in year number two at that at the right guard spot. We're excited about John Mara play you'll. He played a boat what we thought at the third round pick and pack if she's been on me he lives he I mean he was worn out because. Actually that's a long time a joke starting with the war is in new year eve that he was almost a two year rotation at. Physical and mental anguish of going on political policies and get drafted an amendment to rookie and playing starting. So his culpability factor what's expected of them I think when increase your productivity at least part all the work side about that just. We're gonna take that next step as a player and ditched continued that the world. And the right tackle spot you've talked about the competition there one of the names in that mix would be Cyrus Kwan Joseph. If she doesn't win the job are you disappointed in a second round pick by year three that is not a starter. Absolutely and you want to be very high picks the contribute or start that soon as possible so. I think would permit is that come what the level consistent. So once he gets more consistent I think he can command and that truly battle for that job and I know you know around the office that each. He's really diligent in his work they'll and it's hell and it eating habits and he's taken a composite approached try to make itself better. Would you still be looking for guy around the league are you would you be completely comfortable. The three guys Klein Joseph mills and Anderson being the three that battle for that spot. Right now we are comfortable but again I will it's you never know who's gonna get cut are out there on the way liar. And lawless south are antennas up. I Doug thanks forget leisure time. Are out here Doug Whaley bills GM joining us on the AT&T hotline. We'll talk more about what he discussed with Shaq Lawson Sammy Watkins we'll get a quick break and those.