Jake Fromm said he doesn’t know much about Buffalo, other than hearing the hunting and fishing in that area of the country is pretty good.
But Fromm made it clear to the Bills media during conference call that he knows plenty about how to lead and compete and handle himself in the locker room.
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“First off, man, I’m excited to be a part of the team, humble and hungry and excited to go in and serve any way I can,” Fromm said, setting the sort of positive tone he brought to every interview at Georgia while running up a 36-7 record with the Bulldogs.
Fromm was selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 167th overall pick.
It’s a Buffalo team that appears set at the quarterback position for the foreseeable future with 2018 first-round pick Josh Allen.
The real competition for Fromm, initially, at least, would be to unseat Matt Barkley for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.
Barkley is a seven-year veteran out of USC originally selected by Philadelphia in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Barkley is reportedly in the final year of his contract.
Fromm didn’t mention Barkley throughout his interview, nor was he asked about him.
“For me it’s show up to work, compete, and do whatever I can to help the team win,” Fromm said.
“So I’m excited to do this again at this level, super excited to get with my new teammates and learn and build relationships and ultimately play NFL football, because that’s what the dream is about, and I’m super thankful to be here.”
Fromm indicated he wasn’t fazed by his fall into the fifth round of the draft after some mock drafts had projected him to be selected as high as the second round.
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“I hate it a little more for my family than for me, it has been a little longer than expected,” Fromm said. “But man I’m so excited, so blessed, there’s only so many people that get this opportunity to get this phone call.”
Fromm pointed out he’s dealt with his share of doubters throughout his career.
“I think for me, my entire career, I’ve always been the guy kind of left out, the guy (overlooked), the guy not tall enough, not strong enough, can’t do this and can’t do that,” Fromm said.
Fromm didn’t let the doubters stop him from beating out Jacob Eason and Justin Fields at Georgia.
Eason, who transferred to Washington, was picked ahead of Fromm in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
Then in 2018, Fromm beat out 5-star prospect Justin Fields, who transferred to Ohio State rather than compete for the job leading up to the 2019 season.
Like Allen, Eason and Fields had stronger arms and were bigger and more athletic than Fromm.
So, Fromm was asked, how does he feel about being picked for a likely backup role?
“You said it yourself, every quarterback wants to be the starter, and for me, I’ve been extremely blessed wherever I’ve been, I’ve played in every single game I’ve dressed out for,” Fromm said.
“Then again I have no idea exactly what I’m getting myself into. All I know is to stay humble and hungry and go and make that room better in any way I can,” he said.
“Whether that’s making Josh better, if making Josh better is making the team better.”
Fromm said Allen has already reached out to him.
“I’m excited to build that relationship with him, and I know we had the same agent, and I know our agent speaks really highly of Josh,” Fromm said. “So I’m excited to get in that room and get to meet everybody and see where I fit in and compete, and help the team any way I can.”
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