Kirk Morrison to See Snaps at MLB and What It Means to the Buffalo Bills
Morrison played middle linebacker for most of his career, but this season was seen as the favorite to win the strong-side linebacker job for the Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately for the former Oakland Raider, Arthur Moats has been impressive in training camp and seems to be the favorite to win the job. That being said, Morrison, the veteran linebacker, knows that he provides a lot of versatility to the Bills.
"I'm in my comfort zone in the 4-3," he said. "I've played all three positions in the 4-3. I played Will (weak side) my entire rookie year. Then I moved to the Mike (middle). In Jacksonville, I played a little bit at Sam (strong-side) and in the middle." --Buffalo News 6/12/2012
Morrison saw some reps at MLB against Minnesota and has been rotating between strong-side linebacker and middle linebacker at recent Bills practices.
His veteran presence and ability to play all three linebacker positions makes him likely to win a roster spot with the Bills. This news does not bode well for Scott McKillop and Tank Carder.
McKillop has had an impressive camp and preseason. Coach Chan Gailey likes what he's seen out of the backup middle linebacker and talented special teams player:
"He made a lot of tackles. He was in on a lot of plays the other night. Scott has done a good job," Gailey said. "He is a good special-teams player. He is making a real run at this football team. He has a lot of natural instincts. That is the great thing about him: He understands the game. He has to continue to work on pass coverage, but we have a couple of linebackers in that spot."
Carder, a fifth-round pick by the Bills, was not expected to see the field much on defense. If he makes the team, it'll likely be as a special teams player. Carder impressed early in training camp, but has been relatively quiet in the preseason.
Scott McKillop and Tank Carder are both underdogs in the eyes of Bills fans. And while everyone loves an underdog story, the next chapter in one of their careers very well may take place in another NFL city.
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