Inside The Bills

The plan for Mark Anderson

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2013 – 9:34 am

In the spring Mark Anderson was diligently working his way back from an injury that forced him to miss the last 12 games. He participated in practices in the spring and signs are optimistic that he’ll be participating even more in practice come training camp. Whether he’ll be full go is a wait and see, but defensive coordinator Mike Pettine already has a plan for working him back into the flow of things defensively.

“I think we’ll start with third down for Mark and work our way backwards,” said Pettine. “I think when he’s healthy he can be an elite pass rusher. His body of work is evidence of that. Here’s a guy that as much as maybe he wants to rush the passer he has value on early downs as well.

“With (outside linebackers) coach (Jim) O’Neil he’s done a good job of buying in. He could think to himself that he’s a designated pass rusher and doesn’t need to sink his teeth into the playbook and the rest of our stuff. But that hasn’t been the case. He’s making the effort to learn it and there will be times in packages on first and second down where he’s out there as one of our edge players.”

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