Inside The Bills

Crowded D-line

Posted by Chris Brown on March 21, 2012 – 4:46 pm

With the most recent addition of Mark Anderson to Buffalo’s defensive line the contingent listed at that position has become exhorbitant.

Going off of Buffalo’s offseason roster on, there are 17 players listed as defensive linemen. There are some young players that will be making some position switches like Robert Eddins and Danny Batten, who were OLBs in last season’s 3-4 defensive scheme. There are also some veteran making the switch back to DE (e.g. Chris Kelsay) and moving to DE in a 4-3 for the first time in the NFL (e.g. Shawne Merriman).

Either way there are an awful lot of bodies. Knowing most 4-3 defenses rarely carry more than nine defensive linemen on a roster one wonders how the numbers, which include a lot of veteran players plays out. Here was Buddy Nix’s take on it when asked if salary cap figures become a factor in the high number of defensive linemen currently on the roster.

“It just means they’ve got competition,” said Nix. “That’s what we’re trying to do at every position. Chan’s philosophy and ours is put as many good players as we can at each position and let the best ones start and play.”

Of the 17 defensive linemen listed on the roster, eight of them are defensive ends.

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