By Jay Skurski
Mario Williams is unsure of even what position he's playing in the Buffalo Bills' new defensive scheme – and he couldn't sound happier about it.
"It's all over the place," Williams said Thursday, as the Bills finished up their third day of voluntary minicamp. "It's definitely something that puts different matchups out there on the field and puts us in different positions, have guys free and be aggressive."
Williams checked off the attributes of the defense when asked for his first impression.
"Fast. Aggressive. Up tempo," he said. "A lot of fun."
In fact, Williams seemed to be in as good of spirits as any time since he joined the Bills a little more than a year ago.
"Since Day One … pretty much everything has changed. Not just from coaches and all that, but the whole mindset," he said. "This is definitely different. Just the way you see us out here running around, being positive and getting after it. Getting into the playbook has definitely opened our eyes to the possibilities of what is in front of us, especially on my side on the defense, with the capabilities that he’s putting out there for us."
Williams has played in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes in this career. The difference this year, he says, is the number of different spots Pettine is putting him in.
"But I'm ready for it, man. It's just gonna be exciting," he said. "Us as players are very excited. Every day when we come in it's an upbeat tempo. You have to be. The atmosphere is completely changed."
Williams, 28, said his left wrist, which had a torn ligament last season, is doing "great."
"I'm using it way more. I'm functioning," he said. "I don't even think about it now. And if I bang it up, it goes away in five minutes. Other than (that), it’s fine. I’m working out, practicing, obviously."