After an eventful NFL Draft weekend, the Buffalo Bills came away with EDGE Shaq Lawson, LB Reggie Ragland, and DE Adolphus Washington to bolster their leaky front seven. On day three, the team added depth on the offensive side of the ball with the selections of QB Cardale Jones, WR Kolby Listenbee, RB Jonathan Williams and CB Kevon Seymour to wrap up the much-anticipated weekend. Following Mr. Irrelevant’s name being called, the Bills came to terms with 14 undrafted free agents, one of which being long snapper Reid Ferguson from Louisiana State, who was kind enough to answer a few questions with Building the Herd.
The 6’2” 244 pounder started at long snapper at LSU for 4 consecutive years. The 22-year-old is from Buford, Georgia and was the no. 2 long snapper in the country by the time he graduated. He also won two state championships during his tenure at high school.
Getting to Know Reid Ferguson
How does it feel to be a part of the NFL? What was it like getting a call from the Buffalo Bills?
RF: It feels so special to be a part of the NFL now. This has been a lifelong dream of mine. Lots of hard work and perseverance has led me to this point in my life.
Getting the call from the Buffalo Bills was exhilarating! I knew right when I heard from them that this was the best place for me, so I immediately jumped on board!
Who was the first Bills personal/coach that you talked to?
RF: The first person I had contact with was Casey Weidl, he is the Bills’ Manager of Football Ops.
Who was the most influential person in your journey to the NFL?
RF: I have quite a few people that were instrumental in my journey to the NFL. First and foremost, my parents played a massive part in getting me where I am today. Without their support and want for me to always keep improving and giving me the opportunities I need to succeed, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Also, my snapping coaches Chris Rubio and Gary Zauner have helped me tremendously along the way. There are a lot more people that have been instrumental to my success, so I would like to thank them all as well!
How much contact did you have with the Bills in the pre-draft process?
RF: During the draft process, I did not have much contact with the team. Although, in my research of teams and long snappers, the Bills were definitely high on my radar!
You graduated last year as a major in sports administration. Is this your plan for after football?
RF: I have a few backup plans that I have looked into getting involved in after football. Something in the sports business industry is definitely high on my list, I am also interested in doing something with the FBI as well.
What are you looking forward to about the city of Buffalo?
RF: I am looking forward mostly to learning a new culture and learning how the city operates! Moving from Atlanta to Louisiana for college was a culture shock for me and I absolutely loved it. Getting to know the great people of the city and finding out the best places to visit were some of my favorite things to do. I’m looking forward to doing the same in Buffalo!
What are some things you like to do outside of football?
RF: Some things that I enjoy outside of football are watching baseball, watching movies, and exploring new cities! I am a huge Yankees fan so hopefully I can make it to a game or two this summer!