Inside The Bills

Playing hard & being mindful of teammates

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2015 – 12:50 pm

Perhaps one of the more difficult parts of playing in a live intra-squad scrimmage is balancing the ability to play live and take ball carriers to the ground while also remembering that the people you’re facing are your own teammates. Veteran DT Kyle Williams believes it’s something that everyone comes to learn quickly.

“Everybody here is still professional,” he said. “They understand we’re in this thing together, but we’re also here to challenge each other and make each other better. If we don’t do our job defensively and play as hard as we can and show them a good look and try to beat them at whatever scenario we’re in, we’re not doing them any favors. And vice versa for them with us. That’s the only way we’re going to be as good as we want to be on offense and defense is just challenge each other and staying after each other.”

Williams said the live scrimmage will be the first of many levels where the intensity of play goes up.

“There are different levels. You go to OTAs and minicamp, then you put pads on and it goes up a little bit. Then you start going live in practice and it jumps a bit, then live in the preseason it’ll get a little higher. Then when you hit the regular season it’ll keep going up,” said Williams. “We’ve got to get accustomed to running and hitting and taking guys to the ground. That’s the only way we’re going to be as good as we want to be.”

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