Catching up with Moulds

Eric Moulds has emerged as one of Buffalo's top vocal leaders. He's wined and dined veteran free agents, showing them what Buffalo has to offer, and he's been a good example for newer teammates to look up to. Moulds has stayed in western New York most of this off-season. Here's what he had to say about the last few months.

Q: What's your take on the off-season moves?

Eric Moulds: I'm excited about it. Especially on defense. I'm excited to get guys I know can make plays for us. It's yet to be seen, but at the same time you want to get excited about the speed we have on defense. You look at the offense, there is a little bit that has been changed, but we also got some young guys I feel can step in and make plays. Like I told the young guys, this is an opportunity for them to make names for themselves this year. It will be interesting to see if that comes to the forefront.

What do you think about adding veteran receiver Bobby Shaw? Everyone seems willing to give the No. 2 spot to Josh Reed, but Shaw isn't a pushover.

Moulds: That's true. There's competition everywhere. I look at it like that and I tell Josh, and even Bobby and the other receivers. They know it's a competition out here. And the young guys don't have jobs solidified. That's why you have a different team every year. We look at it like that. There's a lot of competition out here, but Josh is the frontrunner right now, and it's his job to lose.

Q: Eric, how has your off-season training been?

Moulds: I've been up here the whole time. I wanted to stay up here the whole year and really just focus on my workouts, and also get a chance to get with Josh and some of the young guys, and work a little bit, try to ease their minds and try to help them get better. I want to let them know that I'm here for them, if they need me. But most of my workouts have been basically the same, but I'm just doing them alone now.

Q: Does that mean you don't work with New Orleans-based athletic trainer Tom Shaw anymore?

Moulds: I talk to him on the phone. He gives me my nutrition and my workouts and stuff like that. I've been doing it for so long, I can really do it by myself.

Q: With all the new faces, we've heard there has been some social bonding going on.

Moulds: It's been great. We've been doing a lot of stuff, like going bowling. We've actually gone bowling. The offense wins sometimes, then the defense wins sometimes. It's fun. Guys are getting to know each other. I knew a lot of the guys. I knew Takeo Spikes from playing against him, but this really gives me a chance to get to know him all the time.

Q: Who's the best bowler?

Moulds: Right now, I'll tell you what, Nate Clements is the best bowler. He's bowling the best. He bowled about a 160 or 170 – something like that. He's been killing guys. I can't bowl. I just go along.

Q: No one gets above 200?

Moulds: Well, they can probably throw it from this lane to that lane, but that's about it.

Q: Does Nate talk (crap) about it?

Moulds: Oh yeah, that's all he does. But he's pretty good though.

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