Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Williams: Bills' defense needs to prove it on the field


With an overhaul to Buffalo’s defense this offseason, both in formation and personnel, some are already touting its front line as one of the top units in football.

Kyle Williams isn’t ready to go that far, yet.

While the group may look like one of the strongest on paper, the seven-year defensive back knows the hardest part — playing as one — is still ahead of them.

“Obviously when we come in we are going to have a new defense going in,” Williams told the media Tuesday after his arrival to training camp. “When we go in and talk as a defense, we have to be very clear about where we want to go. We have good players but things can look good on paper but they (sometimes) do not pan out on the field.

"Things do not pan out on the field unless you lay it on the line here in training camp. When you get here, you get to work and you put the kind of work in that you need to get in to be successful.”

Williams will accompany Marcell Dareus in the middle of the front four, a group that has a lot of pressure to perform not only against the run but in the pass rush, as well. The Bills had the fifth-worst defense against the run last year and ranked third from the bottom in sacks.

With the additions of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, and the improved health of Shawne Merriman and Chris Kelsay, there’s no doubt the squad has playmaking ability. The question will be: can they do it consistently?

“When we get here, we are going to have chances to bond, practice and play together,” Williams said. “We are at our starting point but I think we have a lot of good guys who know how to work and are not scared of it.”

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