Inside The Bills

Merriman going Benjamin Button?

Posted by Chris Brown on May 31, 2012 – 4:53 pm

When you’ve struggled with a persistent injury for the better part of three years, and you’ve finally reached the point where that injury has been effectively rectified you’re going to feel pretty darn good about your situation. That’s why Shawne Merriman, despite turning 28 last week, feels like he’s turning back the hands of time after returning to the practice field Thursday.

“I’m like Benjamin Button, man,” he said. “I’m going backwards.”

Merriman is referring to the movie character, Benjamin Button, who was “afflicted” with a reverse aging disease at age 70.

Having played in just eight games the past three years, one thing is certain, he’s got a lot less wear and tear on his body, so one could make the argument that Merriman is a ‘young 28.’

“I feel very young,” he said. “Anybody that will get a chance to watch me this year, I’m moving around as I did when I came into the league. Fortunately, that’s really all I had, the Achilles, over the last three years. Now that I’ve had that done, I’m a lot more confident.”

If Merriman continues to progress through OTAs and minicamp the Bills defensive line could be a downright terror for every offensive line in the league. They could come at teams in waves with pass rushers like Mario Williams, Merriman, Mark Anderson as well as interior pocket pushers like Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. To have more veteran talent like Dwan Edwards, Spencer Johnson and Chris Kelsay to boot has to have Dave Wannstedt giddy.


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