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Sack leaders abound on Buffalo's roster

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- While looking for a different way to illustrate how deep the Buffalo Bills' defensive line is, I came up with a trivia question.

How many times has a Bills player led his team in sacks?

To give you time to come up with an answer, here's a quote from defensive end Mario Williams.

"The good thing about having the depth," Williams said, "is as long as we are all holding each other accountable and keeping with the competition continuously, we are going to keep them rolling. We got them in here bam, bam, bam. Switching them in, switching them out.

"For us, that is going to put more pressure on the offense, keep us fresh and get us off the field. I am ecstatic. I am very excited for the opportunity that our defense has."

Answer to the trivia question:

Over the past seven seasons, five Buffalo defensive linemen have led a team in sacks 11 times.

* Mark Anderson: 2006 Chicago Bears, 2011 New England Patriots (tie).

* Marcell Dareus: 2011 Bills.

* Shawne Merriman: 2005-07 San Diego Chargers.

* Kyle Williams: 2010 Bills.

* Mario Williams: 2007-10 Houston Texans.

The Bills' roster features two team leaders from 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011.

Defensive end Chris Kelsay twice finished second on the Bills in sacks.

The Bills had 29 sacks last year. Only two teams had fewer.

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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

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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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