Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kyle Williams in unfamiliar territory at Bills OTAs


There have been a lot of new faces at One Bills Drive this offseason as workouts have gotten under way. 

One familiar face that's been pretty much a ghost the past few springs has been defensive tackle Kyle Williams. 

Marred by a rehab streak that dates back to his ailing Achilles, Williams' "offseason" training has been spotty at best for a third of his career. Having to mostly sneak in workouts and conditioning in the past just as preseason games start, the 30-year-old has now had the luxury of starting from Day 1, and he's reaping the benefits.

"I’m just stronger and better general condition," Williams said, via Chris Brown of "I don’t have to wait on something to get better where I can work out and improve. I don’t think I’ve done OTAs in two years, maybe three. It’s good to be where I’m at now. It’s been a long time coming."

When Williams is healthy, he's a force to be reckoned with. He's been ranked in the top three overall at his position three of the last four years by ProFootballFocus, a time span where he dealt with three different defensive coordinators. The one year he was absent from the list was 2011, when he played only five games and was later placed on Injured Reserve.

Brown noted that Williams made a stop for a loss on Buffalo's first run play of the team's OTAs, which started Wednesday. That's a play Bills fans have come accustomed to seeing on a consistent basis from the former fifth-round pick, a trend they hope will continue after witnessing the former LSU product put up his highest single-season sack numbers last year. 

"Being able to start back after the year and work rather than recover and then work," he said. "I’ve been able to build from day one so I’m excited about it."

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