Transcript of Wednesday's media session introducing new Buffalo Bills fullback Jerome Felton, provided by the Buffalo Bills.
Q: We heard you got picked up in a private jet.
A: Yeah, first class. My family appreciated that, so it was a nice trip. The Pegula’s have done a great job in welcoming us in and we’re excited to be here.
Q: This looks like a perfect offense for you. Is that what you see?
A: Yeah, I know about Greg Roman and I know about Rex Ryan and what they like to do. They want a tough, physical football team. That’s what I bring to the table, so it couldn’t be a better fit. I’m excited to be here. When I started to hear this might be a possibility, I wanted to get it done and I’m glad it was able to happen. I’m looking forward to the future.
Q: Would you agree that the role of the fullback has diminished some?
A: That’s true, but at the same time I think that if you look at teams that have had success and won Super Bowls and gone deep in the playoffs, they all have a good running game and they do play a physical style of football. It is difficult because I think when you look at college football nowadays, it’s a lot of spread offenses so it is harder to find a good fullback. Guys like me and Vonta Leach before me and Sam Gash before him, it’s important for us to continue doing what we’re doing. It’s usually a cyclical league and it will come back around.
Q: What do you make of all the moves the Bills have made?
A: It shows they’re serious about winning and winning now. From the ownership to the head coach to the general manager, everybody. Everybody is on the same page and that is what is so exciting about being here. Meeting everybody yesterday and talking to them and seeing how excited they are about what they’re doing and what we’re going to do in the future. It’s just an exciting time to be a Buffalo Bill. The fans can rest assured that they’re here to win now and that is the only option.
Q: I see that you were born in Germany. Did you spend a lot of time there and how did that come about?
A: My Mom is German and my dad was in the Army so he met my Mom in Germany. We moved when I was a baby, but we visited a few times to see my grandparents, but I haven’t been back since they passed. I keep making it a point to try to get back over there and bring my Mom back from here to Germany so she can visit again. That would be a trip I’ll take some time here in the future.
Q: Will you be doing that soon now that you have a little more financial flexibility?
A: Yeah, that’s something I’m definitely going to do for her. She wants to go back, but I don’t know about this offseason because I’m focused on being the best I can be this year and making sure that I earn every penny I get. We will be doing that in the future, but not this year.
Q: You played with a pretty good running back in Adrian Peterson. How do you feel about leading the way for LeSean McCoy?
A: I had a blast. Obviously me and Adrian had a lot of success together. I had the chance to meet Shady last night and we hit it off from the jump. We’re both excited and he’s another great running back. He’s cut from the same type of cloth Adrian is. I told him life is going to get easier now and I can assure him that. It’s going to be fun to play with him and we’re both excited. I’m looking forward to it.
Q: LeSean said yesterday before he was even signed that he knew about you.
A: Yeah, I try to play the game the right way. I try to play as physical as I can. I think it shows up on film when you watch film. I am a big fan of his and you respect when people show up every day to play hard—able to get a job accomplished. I have been a big fan of his and like I said, he is one of the top two or three running backs in the NFL. I look forward to being able to block for him and, like I said, making life easier on him.
Q: You had a big run here last year. Was that a career best for you?
A: (Laughs) That was my first carry of the season. I am not sure, it was up there, but that was a good carry. I enjoyed that one. I hope I get to touch it a few more times.
Q: What did you see in Matt Cassel as a quarterback in Minnesota?
A: That was unfortunate he got hurt last year. He worked so hard in the offseason. He was our leader going into the season. To see him get hurt in that New Orleans game, it was disappointing for all of us. He stayed around the facility, he really coached Teddy (Bridgewater) up a lot. I do not think Teddy would have had the season he had if Matt had not been there coaching him up, giving him a lot of support. When I saw that he was coming here, it just made me more excited. Everything I have seen the Buffalo Bills do, it just got my excitement levels higher, higher and higher. To see Matt come here, a familiar face, I am looking forward to him working hard and we will see what happens with the quarterback.
Q: How does it feel to go from Adrian Peterson to LeSean McCoy?
A: When I came into the league, I was a runner. To make the transition to fullback and being able to block for two of the best running backs to play the game in the last decade, I could not have asked for a better story. I am excited about it. I am looking forward to showing them what I am about rather than hearing about it from a third party or watching it on TV. I want him to feel comfortable and, like I said, I am going to do my best to make that happen.
Q: You opted out of your contract in Minnesota?
Q: The reasoning behind that?
A: When the situation with Adrian (Peterson) happened last year, I did not…the offense changed a little bit. We did not use a fullback as much. I do not know what is going on in that situation still. I just wanted to make sure I gave myself the chance to go somewhere where I can contribute. Help the team win. Obviously when Buffalo gave me this opportunity I jumped at it. I am excited about it.
Q: Do you speak any German?
A: Words. That is it. (Laughs) I am ashamed. I am ashamed. I might do the Rosetta Stone. My Mom gets mad at me because I cannot speak it.
Q: Well you are going to London this year.
A: We are. I have been there before. A couple years ago in Minnesota we went up there. I am familiar with it. I will be able to tell the guys about the experience and how you have to prepare for it. That will be an exciting trip. I am glad it is an away game. These fans here, I am ready to be around them eight times this year. I am excited about it.