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Bills Hosting Biermann, Seeking Edge Depth
Monday, March 28
Conor Orr of NFL.com reported the buzz on Biermann, who has spent all eight of his prior seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Bills run an exotic hybrid scheme under head coach Rex Ryan, who likes to blitz often and generally attack opponents with an aggressive style. Biermann's strengths can help Buffalo on the edge.
Mike Rodak of ESPN.com weighed in on the fit for Biermann with his prospective new team:
Kroy Biermann was the 7th-ranked edge defender in run defense last season by @PFF. Would project as No. 3 OLB behind Hughes, Lawson.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) March 28, 2016
Although Biermann isn't much of a pass-rusher—he's never had more than five sacks in a season—he'd be a solid depth option for the Bills, who need impact players on the front seven after cutting Mario Williams loose.
Buffalo has a playmaking inside linebacker in Preston Smith and athletic edge players in Manny Lawson and Jerry Hughes, not to mention Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams in the trenches. That caliber of supporting cast would likely allow Biermann to thrive in a supporting role.
It may have taken longer than Biermann would have liked to find a new NFL home, but the Bills make a lot of sense as a landing spot. They finished 17th in run defense last season and could use someone like Biermann to help in that area.
But after ranking 31st in the NFL in team sacks this past year with only 21, finding a pass-rusher still has to be a huge priority for Buffalo, regardless of what happens with Biermann.