Inside The Bills

Why OTAs valuable for D-line

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2012 – 3:44 pm

Buffalo’s defensive line is probably the most talented position group top to bottom, but at the same time one could argue that they needed the OTA practices more than any other position group.

That’s because three of their most impressive pass rushing pieces have not really played with the rest of the group in Mark Anderson, Shawne Merriman and Mario Williams.

“It’s been fun because a lot of us haven’t played together yet; me, Mark, and Mario,” said Merriman. “We haven’t really had a chance to play with each other and also in the different schemes. It’s happened pretty fast.”

With all three on hand for all 10 OTA practices the past three weeks they’ve been able to get a feel for their fellow linemates and one another even though it’s still been far from real football.

“I think we’re jelling a lot more,” said Merriman. “Guys understanding more of their responsibilities, where we have to be and where we have to get to.  And that’s happening a lot faster for us now.”

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