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PFW: Bills Hope Merriman Can Give the Pass Rush a Boost

PFW today chats about the Bills pass rush, and how in 2011, the team is very hopeful that Shawne Merriman can spark the unit to having a solid season.

The Bills addressed the secondary, inside linebacker and nose tackle with other draft picks, but did not take a rush linebacker since the team will be counting on what it has on the roster to spark the pass rush, particularly veteran Shawne Merriman. The way Pro Football Weekly hears it, the team is putting much of its need for a pass rush on the shoulders of Merriman, who was injured in his first practice after being claimed off waivers by Buffalo last season. One daily team observer said if Merriman can return to anywhere near the playmaking form he displayed earlier in his career, it could solve a major problem for a team that recorded just 27 sacks in 2010. The Bills also would benefit by getting more of their money’s worth out of Chris Kelsay, who signed a four-year extension worth $24 million last season despite having a career-high 5.5 sacks back in ’06. If the Merriman-Kelsay combination can’t get after the quarterback and Moats doesn’t emerge, the Bills could be in need of a pass-rushing outside ‘backer next offseason, too.


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