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Da'Norris Searcy 'having a ball' with Bills' new defensive scheme

By Tim Graham

Safeties play one of the more variable positions on a football field. They can play center field in some schemes. They might creep into the box or frequently blitz in others.

A smile spread across strong sfaety Da'Norris Searcy's face when asked what the Buffalo Bills' new defense asks him to do.

"It's way more aggressive," Searcy said after today's voluntary workout at One Bills Drive. "This is the most I've had the opportunity to blitz. So I'm having a ball with it.

"With this one, we get to do a lot of things. That's why I love it. I don't have to just stand back there and watch the whole time. I get into the action."

Buffalo's safeties are in a fluid state. Last year's starters are not with the team.

Strong safety and defensive captain George Wilson was cut. Free safety Jairus Byrd is not under contract and has not reported for voluntary workouts.

Searcy has been playing strong safety with Aaron Williams, last year's starting left cornerback, at free safety.

"We've got to play with the guys that are here," Searcy said. "Obviously, Jairus is a good player. Hopefully, he can get in real soon. Until he comes, we've just got to go with the guys we have and make sure we're clicking on all cylinders so when he gets here we can fill him in and have him catch up on things.

"I'll be glad when he's here because I work good with Jairus. I work good with Aaron as well, but Jairus is a proven leader. He has more playing experience. So being able to work with him would be great."

Byrd's absence, though, is allowing younger players to get coveted practice repetitions. The Bills drafted a pair of safetieslast month: Duke Williams in the fourth round and Jonathan Meeks in the fifth round.

"Everybody has the opportunity to step up and show what they're worth," Searcy said. "Obviously, the coaching staff knows what Byrd is capable of.

"Right now, it's just an opportunity for the newcomers and the guys they haven't seen much. It's an opportunity to showcase their talents."


Aaron Williams | Da'Norris Searcy | George Wilson | Jairus Byrd
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Tim Graham

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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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