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Seems like a genuinely good Dude - excited and ready to go

 

- Draft night

- Was the best moment of my life.  I can't even describe it.  It was awesome.  It was such a huge blessing and I'm so excited to be here

 

- Journey - Dad going to ECC and living in Buffalo watching the Bills

- It's crazy.  It's like a dream come true for me and for him.  It's so wild that I ended up here in Buffalo.  It's cool because he knows the area, where he used to eat, where he used to go - it's been great

 

- Playing Madden as kid - how did you get hooked on football

- Really from that game - play with different teams learn different coverages different route concepts - just learning the game of football in and out,  all the positions - and I started playing football after that and it just took off.

 

- Originaly WR and Safety

- Allows you to see the game from a different perspective than the DL, so I thought it was cool that I got to play the positions in HS - sometimes you can even even use some of the moves - not exactly - like you'd use as WR at DE, like trying to shake somebody or get off a jam

 

- Graduating early from HS

- It was tough for sure.  If you want something you have to go after it so I attacked it. I took it really seriously because I knew I wanted to enroll early at U Miami.  So I enrolled in Jan - I knew I wanted to gain some weight before the season started because I was a little on the small side to play DE.  It was something I took super seriously and the decision paid off for sure

 

- People talk about work ethic and relentless nature - how much from watching parents

- All comes from that. Seeing them grind and hustle and go to work and come back late and leave early in the morning, it really motivated me to be able to help some ways. it really instilled hard work in me at a very very early age

 

- Mom says when you were young folding shirts, cleaning etc

- I'm just like a neat person, I like to have everything under control.  Really at a young age I just like to keep my room neat and the house clean.  

 

- Manny Diaz convinces you DE is position for you

- It was great when I committed to it.  I was an awesome move for me knowing the way my body was projecting and me knowing I could add the weight.  Also coach compared me to Manny Lawson [ed. note - not John McCargo] bc he coached him at NC State - told me we were similar - Manny also played receiver in HS and became a first rd pick.  IHe said I see a lot of his game in your game

 

- Bruuuuuuce call

- It was amazing.  Definitely a blessing - it was awesome.  I can't wait to meet him hopefully pretty soon and get and knowledge or tips he has for me

 

- This oppty - Bills compete for SB

- It's amazing - had a great year last year - can't wait to contribute

 

- What are Bills getting

- Someone who's going to bring it every day on and off the field in the media room, in the weight room.  Maximize my potential, learn from the older guys - trust my teammates, trust my coaches, be the best player I can be year one

 

- Tough call to sit out year

- Tough process for sure - took a lot of time to make the decision with my family.  At the end of the day I had to do what I had to do.   I'm glad to be where I'm at right now and I'm just so excited for the future

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28 minutes ago, Solomon Grundy said:

The only thing I didn’t like about the Bills drafting Rousseau was seeing Drew Rosenhaus as his agent

I got roasted for saying that but oh well.

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59 minutes ago, Protocal69 said:

I got roasted for saying that but oh well.

 

 

Probably because having the perception that Rosenhaus is a some kind of controversial agent is so 20 years ago............which makes you look like a fair-weather fan.

 

 

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3 hours ago, BADOLBILZ said:

 

 

Probably because having the perception that Rosenhaus is a some kind of controversial agent is so 20 years ago............which makes you look like a fair-weather fan.

 

 

Actually no my problem is he is very good negotiator and has had clients hold out in the past. If we hit on Rousseau just not trying to have any issues 5 years from now like for example http://sports.yahoo.com/news/desean-jackson-blames-failed-holdout-with-eagles-on-his-former-agent-drew-rosenhaus-002457977-nfl.html

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15 minutes ago, Protocal69 said:

Actually no my problem is he is very good negotiator and has had clients hold out in the past.

 

Rookies don't hold out anymore.  

 

And that is not a recent development..........it's been multiple CBA's since the rookie wage scale was put in place.

 

Not knowing this makes it look like you haven't really been paying much attention for the last decade or so.

 

The perception that Rosenhaus is a hardballer adds another decade onto that.

 

Times were much different then.......rookie wages weren't capped........and teams were not nearly as efficient at managing the salary cap.

 

Rosenhaus has long been a pretty standard dealer and there are always Bills players whom he reps you just rarely hear him mentioned because that's not been his game for a long time.

 

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5 hours ago, stevewin said:

Seems like a genuinely good Dude - excited and ready to go

 

- Draft night

- Was the best moment of my life.  I can't even describe it.  It was awesome.  It was such a huge blessing and I'm so excited to be here

 

- Journey - Dad going to ECC and living in Buffalo watching the Bills

- It's crazy.  It's like a dream come true for me and for him.  It's so wild that I ended up here in Buffalo.  It's cool because he knows the area, where he used to eat, where he used to go - it's been great

 

- Playing Madden as kid - how did you get hooked on football

- Really from that game - play with different teams learn different coverages different route concepts - just learning the game of football in and out,  all the positions - and I started playing football after that and it just took off.

 

- Originaly WR and Safety

- Allows you to see the game from a different perspective than the DL, so I thought it was cool that I got to play the positions in HS - sometimes you can even even use some of the moves - not exactly - like you'd use as WR at DE, like trying to shake somebody or get off a jam

 

- Graduating early from HS

- It was tough for sure.  If you want something you have to go after it so I attacked it. I took it really seriously because I knew I wanted to enroll early at U Miami.  So I enrolled in Jan - I knew I wanted to gain some weight before the season started because I was a little on the small side to play DE.  It was something I took super seriously and the decision paid off for sure

 

- People talk about work ethic and relentless nature - how much from watching parents

- All comes from that. Seeing them grind and hustle and go to work and come back late and leave early in the morning, it really motivated me to be able to help some ways. it really instilled hard work in me at a very very early age

 

- Mom says when you were young folding shirts, cleaning etc

- I'm just like a neat person, I like to have everything under control.  Really at a young age I just like to keep my room neat and the house clean.  

 

- Manny Diaz convinces you DE is position for you

- It was great when I committed to it.  I was an awesome move for me knowing the way my body was projecting and me knowing I could add the weight.  Also coach compared me to Manny Lawson [ed. note - not John McCargo] bc he coached him at NC State - told me we were similar - Manny also played receiver in HS and became a first rd pick.  IHe said I see a lot of his game in your game

 

- Bruuuuuuce call

- It was amazing.  Definitely a blessing - it was awesome.  I can't wait to meet him hopefully pretty soon and get and knowledge or tips he has for me

 

- This oppty - Bills compete for SB

- It's amazing - had a great year last year - can't wait to contribute

 

- What are Bills getting

- Someone who's going to bring it every day on and off the field in the media room, in the weight room.  Maximize my potential, learn from the older guys - trust my teammates, trust my coaches, be the best player I can be year one

 

- Tough call to sit out year

- Tough process for sure - took a lot of time to make the decision with my family.  At the end of the day I had to do what I had to do.   I'm glad to be where I'm at right now and I'm just so excited for the future

He seems like a really nice kid.  Loved t(e cover 1 breakdown about his vision and length. Just a little thing I might talk to him about as a mentor / agent;  it’s great to enjoy getting drafted, but keep perspective in that you have ONE good year of COLLEGE ball and it’s been a long time since competition and never at this level.  Other  rookies have found out it’s a big challenge , ie Oliver,Phillips, Ford, Edmunds, Foster and some guys already no longer here.  I look at Bills related media to a point; it gets redundant after a while as the rookies get hit with basic questions and it gets to a point for me where that stuff is just fluff, lest see what happens at the start of the season. 
 

I have seen almost every drafted rookie and free agents we have now on SOME media platform. Maybe it’s me, but the reality is I have seen Rousseau on some media show every day and many times more than one show, podcast , etc a day. I have NOT seen the other players more than twice, three short segments perhaps since they have become Bills.  I have followed the Bills new drafts etc every year just like I’m sure most of you have. I get Rousseau is a first rd. ( 30 th player tho) pick and may garner a little initial extra attention. I have to say tho I have seen this guy doing interviews, podcAsts, TV, Etc for multiple local and national media to a point that it just feels excessive for a guy who has done nothing yet. I have NOT SEEN LAWERENCE here in Jax , Wilson, Fields! Jones ( he is a local Jax kid from Bolles Hs ) on tv etc more than once or twice since being drafted.  Rousseau’ s appearances just feel excessive or like an outlier. 
 

I really like his personality, excitement, and his potential. I have quit watching any further interviews as it just rehashing the same stuff daily. The other Bills drafted guys are pretty quiet at this point, maybe a short segment here or there. If I was a mentor , I would suggest / talk to Greg that now it’s time to get focused. He is a raw project still. He has lots to digest and learn. Perception can become reality and it might be time to level off all the interviews/ talk of potential etc and remember you only get one time to make an impression and develop s reputation. Better to over produce than keep creating media expectations you have no experience fulfilling except for ONE bug year in college. He is really a likable KID; and he is still just a kid with youthful exuberance. Kids get chewed up in the. NFL all the time. It’s a small thing, but I have learned to watch for “ red flags “ or small things that stick out. They may be nothing or sometimes they turn out to have been warnings of issues to come.
 

Hopefully as team activities get rolling , he will fade in a little more, not get caught up in the big NFL spotlight , and grasp that the spotlight will be there IF you perform and maximize your effort and talent. Heck, I don’t remember Josh being so visible and in fact, he still is not over exposed given his actual stardom. I hope Greg does remind us of Bruce as the guy is freakish ( however he slid to 30 for reasons) and is very likable.  This is a mans league and I bet he will see that in camp etc and maybe it’s time to ignore hype and not draw attention until it’s for actual production in this league.  The CBS stuff has been on at least 10 other platforms. McD likes humility and is not big on promoting individuals over team. There are lots of freakish athletes in the NFL, many who found out that alone won’t grant you a career. Just observing things, and I hope Greg settles in and limits all the possible distractions as he is such a young, good, impressionable man with potential. Sure would be great if Beane hit on one of his projects more so than his past luck with Oliver, Ford, and even Edmunds to some extent.  Not trying to be mean or be flamed; just a simple opinion based on comparative rookie exposure observations; I do realize it’s a small early sample yet  the NFL margin for success is thin with lots of sidetracks ! 


 

 

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He will certainly make the All Interview team - is sincere and pleasant.

 

but at this point, I just want him to be done with his media interviews already and get to work. I don’t think there is anything new coming from his interviews.

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5 hours ago, BADOLBILZ said:

 

 

Probably because having the perception that Rosenhaus is a some kind of controversial agent is so 20 years ago............which makes you look like a fair-weather fan.

 

 


agreed. I thought we had like a 15+ year track record of the team having a very positive relationship with Rosenhaus. Bills FO have never had issues dealing with him. 

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