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Williams, Anderson sack battle could be fun

By Tim Graham

It sure seems like Buffalo Bills defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson thoroughly enjoy trying to outdo each other.

Anderson indicated their competitiveness should carry over to the regular season and the race to be Buffalo's sacks king.

"When it's all said and done, it's going to be a fun competition," Anderson said Wednesday afternoon. "We're both competitive guys. We're just going to feed off each other. The best man will shine at the end."

And it sounds like there will be plenty of trash talk between them along the way.

Williams on Tuesday called Anderson "a little dude" who weighs "only 210 pounds." Wilson also said they had an understanding that when Anderson signed with the Bills that he must finish second to Williams in the sacks department.

"We've talked about it," Williams said. "We've discussed. He knows he's going to be behind me no matter. It really doesn't matter. He knew that coming into this thing. ... He understands. He's fine with it."

Anderson rolled his eyes about that Wednesday afternoon. He claimed Williams was sore because he lost an argument over who had the better vertical jump at the 2006 NFL combine.

Anderson's 42-inch leap tied tight end Vernon Davis for the highest of any player at the combine, including wide receivers, running backs and defensive backs. Williams was second among defensive ends at 40.5 inches.

"He owes me some money," Anderson said. "We had a little side bet and he's just mad that I beat him. Now he's trying to blast me, trying to talk that I'm a little guy."

The badge of honor didn't translate for Anderson at the draft. The Chicago Bears took him in the fifth round. Williams was the first overall selection.

Williams and Anderson played much of the 2010 season together with the Houston Texans. Anderson signed with the New England Patriots last year and had 10 sacks. The dozen sacks he recorded as a rookie with the Bears are his career high.

The Bills' leader each of the past two seasons has notched a modest 5.5 sacks (Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus).

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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