The Bills wrapped up another week of organized team activities on Thursday. Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz joined the show to discuss what he’s seen out of the past two weeks. Although the OTAs are not full-go practices with pads and hitting, Schwartz describes the sessions as a perfect time to implement his defensive system.
“We’ve got just about everything installed from a defensive standpoint and from a scheme standpoint. We’ve had a lot of time to work with the players on the field. It’s tough this time of year because you want to get ahead of yourselves but this is a non-competitive situation. It’s hard to read too much into how the players are doing but you do know about technique. You know about communication and how well they’re picking up the system. We’re seeing those things from the players and we’re seeing some progress there.”
Schwartz is just now getting to know his roster but is impressed with the players he has, including his defensive ends, which will play a big role in the defense. He mentions specifically Mario Williams and hybrid players Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson. He believes Kiko Alonso will thrive being placed on the outside within the linebacking unit and says third-round pick, linebacker Preston Brown, has been a consistent performer. As far as the defensive backfield, Schwartz likes what he has seen on tape and in person from safety Aaron Williams.
“He really fits the description of what we’re looking for in a safety, what they were looking for last year in a safety, and what everybody is looking for. You need to have cover skills but you also need to be able to play in the box at times. You need to have range over half the field and you need to be able to play man-to-man. He can do all those things. He’s a tough, physical player and I really like what I saw of him last year.”
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