Thursday, June 7, 2012

Interior of Bills' D-line to benefit from DE additions

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Acquiring defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson to the Bills' defensive line has made things a little more exciting for the guys on the inside.

Buffalo, which is installing new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt's 4-3 defensive scheme this offseason, hopes the addition of the pair of proven pass-rushers will open things up for second-year defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and veteran interior defensive lineman Kyle Williams.

"We get to crash the pocket from the outside and not just from the inside," Dareus said Thursday, according to "It just brings more versatility to the defense."

Dareus tallied 43 combined tackles and 5.5 sacks in 16 games last season. Williams had 5.5 sacks of his own in 2010 but only played in five games last season due to injury. Having a premier pass-rusher in the former Texan Mario Williams and double-digit sack-getter from a season ago in the former Patriot Anderson drawing opposing offense's should help Dareus and Kyle Williams' production.

"I don’t have to really worry about trying to cover up when I know Mark (Anderson) is going to have his outside, Mario (Williams) is going to have his outside and (Chris) Kelsay is going to have his outside. We’re going to be covered either way it goes around, so me and Kyle can do more things in the inside."

Wannstedt said his scheme will be "defensive-line friendly."

"By that I mean we’ll be as good as our guys up front," he said last week, according to the team's website. "That’s how it was at Dallas, at Miami and every place where we’ve run this scheme. The guys up front it all starts there. If we can get a good rotation going and keep some guys healthy that kind of sets the foundation for what we’re trying to get done here."

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