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Friday, August 2, 2013
Bills GM: Rookie Woods looks polished

By Mike Rodak

On Tuesday, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley sat down with Sirius XM NFL Radio's "Moving the Chains" program with Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan.

Here are some highlights from the conversation:

Whaley on rookie receiver Robert Woods: "When he came into OTAs and even out here for trainning camp, he looks like a 10-year veteran. That's exactly what we thought of him: Polished."

On rookie quarterback EJ Manuel: "Most successful quarterbacks have that 'it' factor. He has that 'it' factor. When he walks into a room, there's a presence and people take notice. He's going to be the face of our franchise, and it's not too big for him."

On offense: "We want to be an offense that dictates to the defense, instead of being reactionary. With that personnel, and the people we have that we can put on the field -- not only with the speed at wide receiver, but the talent at running back -- we think we have a chance here."

On nickel cornerback: "It's going to be an interesting battle between Ron Brooks, Nickell Robey, and Justin Rogers. We're excited about that."

On rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso: "For a young guy to come in, and take the position of middle linebacker, be the quarterback of the defense. He's comfortable calling the huddle, and it's something we didn't expect to happen this soon."

On battles on special teams: "I've been in this business 17 years, and this is the first training camp that I've been excited about a kicker or punter battle."