Seeing rookie LB Nic Harris taking reps at his old college position of safety today got me to thinking that it might just be the perfect idea for the run game they’re facing this week.
George Wilson is getting the starting reps at strong safety this week and will probably play a lot Sunday. I doubt the staff wants to start two rookie safeties, which would be the case if they played Harris with FS Jairus Byrd.
“It is in case of an emergency,” said Jauron of Harris getting reps at safety. “He’s played there so he seemed like the best bet at this point in case something else occurs.”
I don’t know if there’s a way to do it, but if they can get Harris on the field in some obvious run situations, at 6’2” 232 I like him in the run front a lot to help neutralize the Wildcat attack. Harris can run and hit and the Dolphins are a smash mouth attack. With his safety background he’s also capable to covering a tight end. He’d almost be like a fourth linebacker out there.
If the staff can find a way to get him on the field without him being exposed I wouldn’t be opposed to that look at all. You’ve got to think that Chad Henne will not be calling audibles at the line of scrimmage in his first NFL start, so if the Bills know the run game tendencies based on down and distance, and I’m sure they do, there might be an opportunity there. Just thinking out loud.
Tags: Dick Jauron, George Wilson, Jairus Byrd, Nic Harris
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