Da'Norris Searcy is not in danger of necessarily losing a roster spot, but he has a great chance to prove he is a starting NFL safety. With the departure of Jairus Byrd, the team is looking for a player to step up and play alongside Aaron Williams. Searcy would love to win this spot, as he is entering a contract year in 2014 and is hoping to secure a big contract next season.
The veteran will have to hold off second-year safeties Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks. A.J. Devine of BuffaloBills.com broke down the safety battle, and one would have to assume Searcy is the favorite. He has the most experience of the three and played well last year when he filled in for the injured Byrd.
The area he might be the most valuable, though, is in the hybrid linebacker/safety role, which he played at times last year. Per Devine's article, he said:
That is extra value to my play,” Searcy said of his hybrid position last season. “I don’t want that to leave, I like that role for me. But if it does, then I’ll just play safety. I have no problem with that either.
Jim Schwartz may look to Searcy to help, particularly on third downs and in passing downs, now that Kiko Alonso is lost for the season due to the ACL injury. No matter what role, the Bills will certainly be looking to Searcy to be a major contributor on this defense in 2014.