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Nix on Bills new OL Young

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2011 – 8:43 pm

In an afternoon appearance on the Shredd and Ragan show on 103.3 The Edge, Bills GM Buddy Nix gave a thumbnail scouting report on newly signed OL Sam Young, who was claimed off waivers from the Cowboys Tuesday by Buffalo.

“I (scouted) Sam coming out of college and so did Doug Whaley and Doug Majeski and Tom Gibbons.  Most of the guys in our office saw him,” said Nix. “Joe D’Allesandris, our offensive line coach, was familiar with him from the preseason.  He’s a huge man.  He’s a very smart guy and he brings an attitude with him and we need more of that.  He’s got a little nasty in him.  He’s a much better run blocker than a pass blocker.  He’s a lot better than he was coming out of college.  He played with Hudson Houck down in Dallas and Hudson does a good job teaching technique.  He’s not a great foot athlete being at that size.  He finishes blocks and he’ll help our running game.  We’ll play him at right tackle.”

Now Nix doesn’t mean start at right tackle, he means that’s where Young will line up in practice with the second unit. But it was clear with only Chris Hairston as a backup tackle option on the roster they had to add another tackle to the mix.

“That’s the reason you’ve got this guy (Sam Young) and some more,” Nix said. “We’re good in the middle. We’ve got depth in the middle. We’ve got Andy Levitre that can play center. We’ve got Kraig Urbik that can play center. And actually Colin Brown can work some at center. Joe D works everybody in there ‘cause if you lose a center you know it could shut you down.

“But we’ve only got one backup tackle and he’s a rookie (Chris Hairston). He’s trying to back-up both sides and that’s tough because it’s more learning for him. We think he’s going to be a really good one. But if you put him in one place and leave him he’ll help you quicker.

“So that’s our thinking with this guy. He’ll be at right tackle and he’ll be our backup at right tackle if he does what he did in Dallas.”

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