DE Mark Anderson hopes to continue racking up sacks in 2012 (photo courtesy of BuffaloBills.com)
It’s been evident for months now that the Bills have a strong group of defensive linemen heading into 2012. The additions of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson immediately made this unit stronger on paper.
However, behind these free-agent acquisitions, it’s been exciting to see the depth along the line in action during camp.
Kyle Williams is back at full strength and is back to his usual tricks in the middle. Pairing up with second-year starter Marcell Dareus, the two should have a very successful season plugging up the interior.
Perhaps more impressively, veteran Shawne Merriman has looked great thus far. Merriman’s contributions could be huge if he can stay healthy, and so far he’s been at full strength.
With the switch back to the 4-3, Chris Kelsay is back to his natural defensive end position. In a press conference at the beginning of camp, the 32-year-old expressed excitement about being a part of such a talented rotation, as he believes it will help keep everybody, including himself, fresh.
The news wasn’t so good for Torell Troup recently, who reportedly “had a bad day” on Friday and subsequently was held out on Saturday, according to BuffaloBills.com. Troup has been working hard to get healthy after dealing with multiple injuries the past few seasons, but it appears he’s hit a stumbling block as of late.
Add in names like Spencer Johnson, Kellen Heard, Dwan Edwards and Alex Carrington, and the Bills are going to have some tough decisions to make regarding their final defensive linemen. As head coach Chan Gailey would say, it’s a good problem to have.