Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Anderson: Mario still jealous of my Combine vertical

Photo: The Brit_2, Flickr 


Mario Williams referred to fellow Bills defensive end Mark Anderson as a "little guy" Tuesday when addressing the media.

Wednesday, Anderson clarified the eyebrow-raising/chuckle-inducing comment.

"He is just mad because I jumped a higher vertical than him," Anderson, who played with Williams during his year (2010) with the Texans, told reporters. "He owes me some money."

Anderson tallied a 42-inch vertical at the 2006 NFL Combine, which was the best in the class. Williams was an inch and a half below Anderson at 40 and a half.

"We just had a little side bet and he is just mad because I beat him," Anderson said. "Now he tries to blast me talking about me being the little guy."

Truth is, the pair will be looking to beat each other in the quarterback sack department this season, as well. Buffalo signed the star pass-rusher Williams and double-digit sack-getter from a season ago in Anderson to bolster its defensive line. The Bills now have one of the better units in the league.

"We’ve talked about it. We’ve discussed," Williams said of the inevitable stat competition he'll have with Anderson this season. "He knows he’s going to be behind me no matter I get (jokingly). It really doesn’t matter, he knew that coming into this thing. I told him that when I called him before he signed here and I told him. He understands. He’s fine with it."

Only two teams had fewer sacks than the Bills last season, so Buffalo will certainly let that intra-team competition commence.

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