Day one of Bills rookie mini camp is over and this year’s draft class already sees a little of themselves in their new coach.
“He might be my long lost Dad,” rookie quarterback Cardale Jones said of Rex Ryan. “I have been looking for that guy for 23 years, I think I found him.”
Jones said Ryan stood out because he stuck with his word from before the draft.
“He basically said we don’t B.S. here,” Jones said and he recounted something Ryan said to him before the draft. ” ‘I told you we were going to get you.’ ”
When Buffalo native Glenn Gronkowski spoke with Ryan for the first time, he said he could see Ryan being his coach from the get-go.
“Just a pretty hilarious phone call with Rex actually,” he said. “Definitely saw me playing for a coach like that.”
The feeling was mutual for Ryan, however Ryan said he didn’t hold back from taking shots at Gronkowski’s older brother and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
“I really liked him when I saw him as a player,” Ryan said. “The family was in the background so I had a couple parting shots.”
Bills linebacker Eric Striker said “a lot of great players have been through (Buffalo),” but he was all about Buffalo’s chicken wings on Friday.
“In my mind I have tasted a great chicken wing, how better can it be here?” he said. “Like I don’t know, I feel like I have had some great chicken wings. What else can you do to a chicken wing?”
As expected, the rookies were very excited about getting their first taste of the NFL.
“Alignments, assignments, technique. There’s a lot coming at you at once,” First round pick Shaq Lawson said. “You just have to be ready.”