The Bills returned to the field for another round of OTA’s on Tuesday. Following practice Leslie Frazier spoke to the media. The Bills defensive coordinator talked about his early impressions of rookie Ed Oliver, the battle at starting cornerback and replacing Kyle Williams’ voice on defense. Here are 4 Notable Quotes from DC Leslie Frazier.
Q: Kyle was the biggest voice on that defense for so long, in his absence early on in this offseason program, who has assumed that role?
A: Without question, Lorenzo Alexander. He is probably the voice of our defense for our team. He was kind of in that role, to a degree, when Kyle was here as well. Now, it’s really thrust upon him to lead us and he’s done a great job at it, he did a great job when Kyle was here as well. He’s accepted that role and I think the players look to him and expect him to be the voice for our defense and he doesn’t shy away from it.
Q: It looks like one of the best competitions in the whole camp is at cornerback. On your side of it, have you liked what you’ve seen out of the guys who are competing at that spot?
A: Yeah, you’re right. The corner position, we’ve got some good competition. We’ll see how it unfolds as time goes on but right now it’s really good to watch. To see those guys compete every single snap and battling for a spot. Who’s going to be the starter? Levi [Wallace] is the incumbent, he’s done a really good job for us, played well for us down the stretch last season. We’ll see how it shakes out.
Q: What do you make of Trent Murphy and for a guy who, maybe, was a little self delusional last year, thinking he could be at 100-percent while rehabbing for all that stuff? What do you make of him a year later?
A: I’ve told him a few different times as we’ve gone through some drills here in OTA’s how different he looks. Of course, last year at this time he was, like you said, coming off the injury and the surgery and really kind of feeling his way. The confidence, the movement, everything looks so much better. We’re hoping that continues as we get farther along, but he’s a different player. You would expect that, coming off of the type of injury that he had. As his confidence grows and the fact that he is more comparable to what we’re doing on defense as well, all that helps. He looks really good, he’s come a long way from a year ago at this time.
Q: What’re your early impressions of Ed Oliver and what he can mean for this defense?
A: Ed’s done a really good job up to this point. I don’t think it’s been overwhelming for him, with the meetings along with what we’re doing on the practice field. You see his quickness, you see his burst. As he continues to get a better grasp on what we’re asking him to do on defense, I think you’ll see more of his athleticism as well. Up to this point, we’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen and we’ll just keep watching his maturation over the next few months.