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Snaps for Da'Norris Searcy are critical

By Mark Gaughan

The Bills have been working second-year safety Da’Norris Searcy into the mix with the starting unit on occasion throughout the first six days of training camp.

Searcy is the only backup safety on the roster with any experience and is locked into the No. 3 role behind starters Jairus Byrd and George Wilson. Coach Chan Gailey said it's important the team gets Searcy comfortable this summer.

"We have been doing that all along," Gailey said of getting Searcy practice repetitions. "George [Wilson] missed the last part of the season and we want to make sure we have got somebody ready to go at either position. George may have to move to the other spot and Da’Norris play there. One injury and Da’Norris has to go in."

Gailey said the defensive backs in general and the safeties in particular have looked good so far.

"They are doing a good job," Gailey said. "The defensive backs are seeing a lot of things and reacting to the routes they are seeing a lot of. They are doing a good job of picking up on those things. You take Jairus, you take George, and even Da'Norris is playing very well. You take those three guys and they make up for a lot of ills that might happen. They cover a lot of bases for us back there."

Wilson can play both free or strong safety. If Byrd got hurt, Wilson would slide over and Searcy would play strong safety. It will be interesting to see if the Bills decide to add another veteran safety, a possibility general manager Buddy Nix mentioned at the start of camp.

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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 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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