Paul Posluzny: Gained Mass in Offseason

Jeremy JuhaszContributor IJuly 23, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 23:  Paul Posluszny #51 of the Buffalo Bills gets ready to move at the snap during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 23, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

I happen to work part-time at a fine grocery market, one where Bills players frequent since it's location is located just a few miles from the Ralph. 

This afternoon Paul Posluszny happened to drop in, probably stocking up on some dormitory food for camp later this week.

Beyond the gawks from females and every employee pointing him out, I noticed something different this time about Poz.

He's monstrous. Please, take my word for it.

I didn't stalk the guy, but he's noticeably larger than his rookie season when I first saw him in person.

In my estimation, he needed to add the weight in order to compete on the interior in the AFC East.

Posluszny now looks more like a prototypical middle linebacker. He's thicker and he's broader. 

Before, I always believed he served better as an outside backer because of his speed and his mediocre size.  

But, if there's any question whether he can meet fullbacks in the hole, I'm confident that he has the physicality to do that now.

Posluszny relies on his instincts and quickness to get to ball carriers. But last season, too many times, he didn't consistently shed brute offensive lineman. 

This season, I'm expecting to see Posluszny go through would-be blockers rather than to try and slip around them. 

His talent has always been unquestioned, but now it appears he has the muscle to withstand NFL offensive lineman through a 16 game regular season.