Inside The Bills

WR Martin’s adjustment

Posted by Chris Brown on August 25, 2011 – 9:33 am

Typically Bills WRs coach Stan Hixon wants his wideouts to learn all of the receiver positions in Buffalo’s offense so they’re prepared to step in anywhere and execute. However, with time very short for newly signed WR Ruvell Martin to get up to speed with the terminology of Buffalo’s scheme, he’s been asked to learn just one spot for now.

The catch there is Martin, who has been in mainly West Coast systems since coming into the league, hasn’t learned one receiver spot at a time.

“They’re trying to tell me to focus on one spot,” he said. “I have a tough time doing that. Being in the systems I’ve been in before they’re all concept systems, so it’s kind of tough to just learn one spot. When you hear a concept you envision the entire play. He’s telling me to focus on a certain spot and I’m going to make sure I’m ready for that spot, but in the meantime I’m going to be doing my best to learn all the spots.”

Martin explained which spot he’s been asked to learn initially.

“Right now they said ‘X’, but that’s the thing, who knows,” he said. “I could come in tomorrow and they could change it.”

The ‘X’ receiver is typically the split end position on the left side of the offensive formation. Some teams do switch the letter assignments in an effort to mislead opposing defenses.

Martin is expected to play in Saturday’s preseason home opener against Jacksonville, but he’s not expected to get on the field until the second half.


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