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The Bills hybrid weapon

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2012 – 9:52 am

His responsibilities vacillated back and forth from safety to linebacker for the better part of the last three seasons, but after the 2011 season was over, the Bills defensive staff under the direction of then newly appointed Dave Wannstedt knew what the role would be for Bryan Scott moving forward.

Scott is a full-time linebacker, operating in the team’s first nickel package with Nick Barnett, making for a very athletic linebacking two-some on what is usually a passing down. As excited as some fans are that Arthur Moats is currently holding the starting job at SLB in the team’s base defense, Wannstedt reminds fans how valuable Scott is going to be for Buffalo’s pass defense this season knowing how much teams throw the ball around these days in the NFL.

“The real bonus guy in this thing is Bryan Scott, in our minds he is a starter,” said Wannstedt. “If we play it out this year he will have more reps at the nickel linebacker than Moats or Morrison will have at the Sam linebacker.”

With the proliferation of the passing game in the NFL, most defenses are in some form of a nickel or other subpackage 60-65 percent of the time.

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