A Fireside Chat with Leodis Mckelvin of the Buffalo Bills

Eric HomaCorrespondent IMay 26, 2009

ORCHARD PARK - NOVEMBER 17:  Leodis McKelvin #28 of the Buffalo Bills reacts on the field during the game against the Cleveland Browns on November 17, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

In 2008 the Buffalo Bills selected Leodis McKelvin with the 11th pick of the draft with the hopes of him being the replacement for the departed Nate Clements.

After a slow start that saw McKelvin getting most of his playing time on special teams, he had a break out game against the Kansas City Chiefs.  He intercepted two Tyler Thigpen passes, taking one back for a touchdown.

Known for his abilities as a return man coming out of college, McKelvin didn't disappoint the Buffalo faithful.  He finished with an average return of 28.2 yards which, was good enough for third in the league among players with 30 or more returns. 

McKelvin showed how dangerous he could be on Monday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns when he took a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

Leodis started only six games in his rookie season, but he will be looking to build off of a strong finish in 2008.

Interview Questions for McKelvin

1. Did playing at a smaller school like Troy make the transition to the NFL harder?

2. What was your biggest adjustment to the NFL game?

3. How does it feel to play in an atmosphere like the one in Buffalo compared to when you played at Troy?

4. What effects did not starting right away have on you, and how did you handle that situation?

5. Everyone knows about your great return skills.  What is the key to breaking a big return?

6. What will you gain from having the task of covering not only Lee Evans, but now T.O. in practice?

7. How has working with a player like Terrence McGee made your transition easier?

8. Which receiver gave you the most trouble in your rookie season?

9. What goals have you set for yourself and for the team in 2009?

10. What do the Bills need to do to make a deep playoff run in 2009?

11. What was the highlight of your rookie season?

12. How do the Bills match up against the dynamic passing attack of the New England Patriots in week one of the NFL season?

Bills fans look forward to seeing some more fireworks from you this season Leodis!


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