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John Murphy Show recap: What fans expect out of 2017 Bills; interviews with Thurman Thomas, EJ Gaines

Newly announced starter EJ Gaines joined John Murphy and Donald Jones on WGR-550 AM on Wednesday.

Gaines joined the show to chat about changing teams, changing coasts, life in Independence, Mo., and the logistics of a mid-preseason trade. He then talked with Murphy and Jones about his issues with his Madden rating, Pro Football Focus grades and his expectations for the 2017 Bills.

Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas also joined the show to start his weekly in-season appearances, talking about the importance of letting the season play out, the job of "role players" in the Bills' comeback versus the Oilers and his outlook for LeSean McCoy's stats in 2017.'s Chris Brown opened the show, mentioning Tyrod Taylor was cleared to play Sunday and will start. Brown then discussed the timing that Taylor will need to grow into with the new pieces on offense. Brown also alerted the audience that EJ Gaines would start at corner and John Miller at right guard.

Andrew Brandt joined the show in his bimonthly appearance to talk the business of football. Brandt talked about Miami's game postponement due to Hurricane Irma, Jonathan Williams, Ezekiel Elliott's showdown with league personnel, NFLPA-NFL sniping and the potential fallout of the Aaron Donald and Duane Brown holdouts.

Audio from Bills coach Sean McDermott was peppered throughout the show, with post-practice comments from Taylor and McCoy rounding out the audio at the end.


John Murphy Show: Sept. 6, 2017


Donald Jones: "I wouldn't say I'd rather have Tyrod over Colin Kaepernik, but I'd just go ahead and stick with Tyrod. … I think they play the same."

Chris Brown on Bills coach Sean McDermott setting up "junior captains": "You need to start grooming captains for the future."

Chris Brown: "We may not see this offense humming until weeks 5, 6 or 7."

Thurman Thomas: "Let these guys go out, play football and do what they have to do."

Donald Jones: "There is a racial component to how [Roger Goodell] handles cases."


0:00-17:00: Chris Brown interview

20:00-22:00: Sean McDermott audio on team identity

23:00-30:00: Discussion on Tyrod Taylor and focus on run game early on game plan wise

39:00-41:00: Audio of McDermott talking about what he expects team to show fanbase

1:05:00-1:23:00: Thurman Thomas interview

1:30:00-1:48:00: Andrew Brandt interview

2:05:00-2:20:00: Interview with EJ Gaines

2:25:00-2:34:00 Tyrod Taylor audio from practice, chatting about his recovery, captaincy, practice reps and preparation for Jets

2:38:00-2:45:00: LeSean McCoy audio from practice

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