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Spence sees new vets jelling

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2012 – 8:32 am

Bills DL Spencer Johnson new there would need to be some adjustments made by the defensive players this year moving to Dave Wannstedt’s 4-3 scheme. There would also be the adjustment of blending in free agent adds Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. To this point however, Johnson sees things coming together quite well.

Johnson believes the chemistry between the new additions on the defensive line has been so smooth and developed so quickly because Williams and Anderson are veteran additions with long resumes in the league.

“With Mario and Mark they’ve been in the league for a long time,” Johnson told Buffalobills.com. “They know football, they’re smart guys and they’re playmakers. Playing defensive line here you have to be a smart guy. You have to recognize formations and know what’s going on around you. So they fit in just right.”

After a season of playing out of position a lot at OLB in the team’s previous 3-4, Johnson is pumped to be in a 4-3 system that attacks upfield.

“It’s great,” he said. “That’s what I’ve been playing my whole career through college and when I was in Minnesota we ran the same type of 4-3 style of defense. So it really suits us. It suits us better as a defense as a whole, not just a defensive line. So everybody is excited about where this thing can go and penetrate and make plays and get after the passer.”


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