The Buffalo Bills may have lost former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller during the 2015 NFL Free Agency period, but they may have another talented weapon at their disposal in Roderick McDowell, who was invited to the team’s rookie minicamp.
I had the chance to chat with McDowell about his time at Clemson, his hobbies off the field and what he expects to bring to the Bills, who are already deep at the running back position.
Here’s what he had to say.
First, congratulations on being invited to the Buffalo Bills’ minicamp and thanks for taking the time to chat with the #BillsMafia!
Thanks for having me! My time at Clemson was wonderful. I think the Bills saw a player who has improved each time his number was called and took advantage of the opportunities I was given. I sat behind some great running backs in C.J. Spiller and Andre Ellington during my time at Clemson, but when my opportunity came, I was prepared. Being a 1,000+ yard rusher when your offense has an air attack featuring weapons like Sammy Watkins speaks volumes.
You had a fairly productive career during your time at Clemson, averaging over 5 yards-per-carry and scoring 12 TDs on the ground in a rotational role. What do you see as your biggest strength as a player and what which aspect of your game do you think could be more improved?
I think my biggest strength as a player is my willingness to not just play running back– I’ll line up in the slot and play special teams as well. As far as strengths, I think I have solid vision and set up my blocks well. I’m willing to stick my nose in and help out in pass protection. Now, it may not look pretty, but the job WILL get done!
As far as improvements, everything really. I’m a player and a student of the game. I want to learn as much as I can to absorb knowledge and improve every aspect of my game.
The Bills’ roster features a handful of former Clemson Tigers- Sammy Watkins, Jonathan Meeks and Tony Steward. Did you form any relationships with them during your time at Clemson, and if so, how do you think that will help you assimilate to the Buffalo Bills?
The Bills love Clemson, and Clemson loves Buffalo! I think it really says a lot to what Clemson has been able to do lately- consistently churning out NFL-level talent. As far as my old teammates, we obviously were close in college, and I still keep in touch with most of them. We support each other both on and off the field.
Football is a game I love to play, but you also form a brotherhood with those guys when playing and I’m looking forward to meeting back up with my bros!
The Bills have a deep depth chart at the running back position, featuring players like LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, Karlos Williams and Boobie Dixon. What are you looking forward to most when competing with position group?
Key Word: COMPETITION
I’m just ready to learn and compete with a great stable of running backs, some of whom I already study and try to model my game after.
What are some of your interests/hobbies off the field? (Music, activities, movies,etc.)
I’m currently an athletic director, so I’m always surrounded by sports and the youth. I also coach a private school team, the “Anderson Cavs.” I like to cook a lot and watching the Food Network is one of my guilty pleasures (lol). I’m a Marvel fanatic, and I enjoy working out and relaxing in my free time.
One message you’d like to say to Bills fans before we sign off?
“BillsMafia, we been WARM for a minute now. With a revamped team, it’s about to get little more warmer. Let “HOT-ROD” make it a little more hotter!! Can’t wait to embrace the opportunity and community. Go Bills!!! #BillsMafia