ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Bills were back at work Thursday as Week Two of Organized Team Activities continued at One Bills Drive.
With the additions of pass rushers Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, along with new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt, the defense has been the big talk throughout the offseason and into OTAs.
One of the guys who is very excited about the potential of the defensive unit is 2nd year tackle Marcell Dareus. The Bills' top draft pick in 2011 had a solid rookie season, registering 5.5 sacks, and with the talent the club added in the offseason, #99 is pumped for the possibilities this fall.
"Aww man, it helps a great deal. We get some pressure, we get to crash the pocket from the outside, not just the inside. It just brings more versatility to the defense. I don't really have to worry about covering. Mario is going to have the outside, Mark is going to have the outside, Kelsay is going to have the outside. We are going to be covered either way around so me and Kyle Williams do more things on the inside. I'm just excited about the whole thing. I know y'all can hear it in my voice," Dareus said.
YNN Rochester: Dareus and Sheppard Excited for Year Two in Buffalo
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With the switch to a 4-3 scheme up front, second-year man Kelvin Sheppard will likely be counted on as the starting middle linebacker.
The Bills' 3rd round draft pick last year became the starter toward the end of the season, and knows he has a lot to learn while becoming a leader on the defense.
"Taking it and not letting it get to my head, just using it as motivation and knowing that I have very high expectations. Being a guy that is being called a leader of guys like Kyle Williams, Mario Williams, Nick Barnett. These guys have been in the league, veterans, All-Pro guys. I'm just taking all the information along with the coaches and trying to combine it into a Super Bowl run," Sheppard said.