Buffalo Bills linebacker/defensive end Shawne Merriman was an incredible defensive force coming into the league as a star player for the San Diego Chargers. “Lights Out” Merriman, the three time pro-bowler (2005, 2006, 2007) may finally be getting back to that top-level form, and just in time for the Bills.
As the Bills continue to work hard and end the team’s 12-year playoff drought, they are going to need players like Merriman to step up and play big. Unfortunately for the linebacker, and Bills fans alike, he has been unable to reach that form in Western New York, as 2011 (his first full year with Buffalo) he was placed on injured reserve for the second straight season, this time with an Achilles injury.
Fortunately though for Bills fans, those injury concerns look like they could possibly be in the rear view mirror for the foreseeable future.
“One hundred percent,” Merriman told the Buffalo News Friday on how he feels health-wise. “I feel very comfortable right now.”
Head Coach Chan Gailey has been happy with what he’s seen from the linebacker/end so far this off-season. Which is a huge step for the Bills defense as a whole, as Merriman could end up playing both linebacker and defensive end for the improved unit.
Coach Chan Gailey told The News he’s “excited about where (Merriman) is physically — really physically and mentally because he’s come out every day with an outlook that’s just outstanding.”
“He works hard. He looks quick. He looks healthy,” Gailey added on Merriman. “That part of it has been refreshing for us…what I think we’re going to see is the old Shawne Merriman this year.”
As A Bills fan I am extremely excited about where this team can go in 2012, and I hope Shawne Merriman will be a big part of it.
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