Inside The Bills

How one Ryan handed LB Reddick to the other

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2015 – 10:50 am

Late in the preseason this past summer, the Bills were hard up for help at linebacker heading into their final preseason game with LB Tony Steward out with an MCL injury and Buffalo having no interest in playing their starting LBs in the game. So they claimed Kevin Reddick off waivers two days before the game and Reddick had a crash course in Buffalo’s defense that included a walk through in the team hotel the day before the game. Fortunately for him he had an edge.

“When I first came here I had a working knowledge of Rex’s defense because I played under his brother in New Orleans from when I was a rookie and learned the system,” Reddick told “So that helped me pick things up quick, but I’m a quick learner too.”

Reddick admits that Rex has his own tweaks on the scheme so it’s far from identical to his brother Rob’s scheme, but there were more than enough common concepts that carried over. Reddick’s performance in the preseason finale impressed Ryan enough to add the linebacker to his team’s practice squad just a day after final cuts. Other positional needs prompted his release from the practice squad in the middle of the season, but injuries at linebacker has him back and on the 53-man roster.

As proud as Reddick was to play well on short notice back in the preseason finale knowing it impressed Rex Ryan, he still feels there was another reason he was kept around and subsequently brought back last week.

“Rex’s brother recommended me to him,” said Reddick. “Rob told him what I could do in this kind of defense, so I believe what Rob said about me went a long way.”

Reddick caught up with Rob Ryan, who was visiting at One Bills Drive this week.

“Yeah we caught up and talked a bit. I thanked him for putting in a good word for me,” said Reddick. “I’m glad I’m here and able to contribute.”

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