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John Murphy Show: Steve Tasker says healthy bye week is boost for Bills

ESPN football analyst Trey Wingo joined John Murphy and Chris Brown (in place of Donald Jones for the first 20 minutes) on WGR-550 AM on Tuesday.

Wingo discussed the injuries to Jameis Winston and Aaron Rodgers, with the potential for backups Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brett Hundley finding ways to work in the structure of the offense, the Falcons' loss to Miami, the controversial non-touchdown in the Jets-Patriots game, and Trey's general thoughts on the NFL.

CBS football commentator and former Bills special teams ace Steve Tasker joined the show to recap the week that was in the NFL, as well as citing health as the key boost to the Bills coming off the bye week. Tasker also discussed the importance the next four weeks will be for the Bills' viability as playoff contenders, Nick O'Leary and Logan Thomas' opportunities at tight end with Charles Clay injured, as well as the separation between the haves-and-have-nots in the NFL.

Lorenzo Alexander also joined Murphy and Brown, and he talked about the efforts in the community today across five sites as a compliment to the anthem protests — and how important it is to be involved. Alexander talks about the genesis of the opportunity and how this can be carried over and not become "just a one day thing" in terms of participation.

Finally, Bills linebacker Tanner Vallejo joined the show to talk about his background and how Tanner's brother Hunter's bout with brain cancer brought them closer and drives Tanner as a player. Vallejo's family attended the Broncos-Bills game and Tanner recalled how it felt to have them in Buffalo support him, as well as Hunter's interests outside of Tanner's career.


John Murphy Show — Oct. 17, 2017


Chris Brown on Tyrod Taylor: "What you have is a situation where yes — you want him to take more chances with the ball."

John Murphy: "I don't think the coaching staff view Glenn as critical to the position."

Lorenzo Alexander: "If you gonna be real, be open and honest — have an open mind and you can start seeing other people's perspectives and get to a loving place where you can enact change."

Steve Tasker: "You get two starting tackles dropped into your lineup at this point in the season, you think about that, that's a huge boost for them."

Trey Wingo on Rodgers' hit: "The consensus for all of our guys was, it was unfortunate but he was just finishing the play ... I don't think it was a dirty hit at all."


0:00-7:00: Show rundown and discussion of player activities emanating from anthem protests

7:00-22:00: What gives the Bills the biggest boost coming out of the bye week?

34:00-46:00: Interview with Tanner Vallejo

1:03:00-1:28:00: Interview with CBS's Steve Tasker

1:35:00-1:48:00: Interview with Lorenzo Alexander

2:09:00-2:24:00: Interview with ESPN's Trey Wingo

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