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Tasker embraces new CBS role, talks NFL draft prior to opening of 'One Bills Live'

Now that Steve Tasker is starting his new role with John Murphy on "One Bills Live" today, the former Buffalo Bills special teams ace can confirm his CBS job is changing after 20 years as an analyst.

In a telephone interview Sunday, Tasker confirmed a report here three weeks ago that he will be a sideline reporter for CBS this season alongside play-by-play man Kevin Harlan and analyst Rich Gannon.

"I'm OK with it," said Tasker. "I like the fact I'm working every weekend."

Tasker noted that wasn't the case last season when he had a number of weekends off as an analyst. And with recently retired players looking for broadcasting jobs annually, Tasker considers himself fortunate to be soon starting his 21st season at CBS.

"I wasn't disappointed," Tasker added of his new role. "At any time, they can say they are going in a different direction."

The new direction Tasker is taking to the sidelines enabled him to join the daily Bills show, which airs from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on WGR radio and MSG Network.

He explained that analysts have to arrive at game sites on Friday to talk to the production team, players and coaches, while sideline reporters just arrive on Saturday for a Sunday game.

Tasker replaces former Bills receiver Donald Jones, who had been commuting from his home in New Jersey to do the Bills program produced by Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE).

As anyone watching his TV commercials for a local car dealer realizes, Tasker doesn't have a commuting issue. He lives in Western New York, which is important to the Bills.

He already was on the Bills payroll for making personal appearances and doing other community service work and had made weekly appearances on John Murphy's show.

Tasker said those appearances led to conversations about replacing Jones after the former co-host announced he was ending his run.

"I have a lot to learn about doing it every day and grinding it out," said Tasker. "I am leaning on Murph and producer Jay Harris a lot. I love talking football and do what I do. I'm anxious to do it every day."

One of the primary topics that Murphy and Tasker are likely to address in their first full week together is whether the Bills will move up in the NFL Draft this Thursday to take a so-called franchise quarterback.

"They've done a good job making sure nobody knows," Tasker said of General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott.

Tasker added if the Bills brass believes there is a can't-miss prodigy among USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, they'll pay any price.

"It is a balancing act," said Tasker. "I don't think McDermott and Beane are going to overpay. It depends on if, and how much, they believe in one. I don't think that they feel that any one of these guys is a sure thing."

"I wouldn't go too far sleeping on (Louisville's) Lamar Jackson or (Oklahoma State's) Mason Rudolph," he added.

He also had some good things to say about the two quarterbacks currently on the Bills roster – AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman.

"I like AJ," said Tasker. "I can't wait to see more of him. He has a great attitude and leadership ability and knows what it is to put the time in. I'm still a Nathan Peterman fan, too. I'd like to see more from him."

Steve Tasker to replace Donald Jones on 'John Murphy Show'

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