Rex scouts the Bills Dan Leberfeld
Here are some of Rex Ryan’s random thoughts on the Buffalo Bills –
“The first test on Sunday, against a team that really has improved. When you look at it defensively, they were one of the weaker teams in the league last year statistically in every area except one and that was turnovers. It starts with (Jairus) Byrd back there. He’s a ball hawk (at safety).
“But that defense doesn’t look the same. Obviously, you have DE Mario Williams, who’s somebody that can really rush the passer. (DE) Mark Anderson was kind of an under-the-radar guy, but is a good pass-rusher, not Mario Williams (good), few are like him, but (he’s) still a good football player. (NT) Kyle Williams is back and he’s raising cane in there. This is a different defense.
“Offensively, it’s the same team. They spread you out. It’s interesting, when you think about a team that spreads you out, they do throw the ball all over the place, but they led the AFC in rushing. They were fourth in the NFL in rushing. Fred Jackson (is) a tremendous back.
“(On) special teams, they’ve always been loaded at returner. (Leodis) McKelvin, their punt returner, averaged close to 19 yards a punt return last year. Obviously, that’s a challenge.”