Coleman Ready To Get To Work In Buffalo

Antonio Coleman talks about getting his opportunity in Buffalo.

Mobile, Ala.--Despite putting up consistently good numbers in his career at Auburn as a defensive end, Antonio Coleman had to sit through three long days of the NFL Draft last week and watch as his name wasn't called by a single team. However he'll have his chance to fulfill his dream of playing in the league as he signed with the Buffalo Bills soon after the draft and his anxious to get to work.

"It's going to be a change of scenery as far as the weather goes," Coleman tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Draft day wasn't fun, but I didn't put my head down and didn't pout. All I asked for going into football was a chance to get to the next level and make it to the NFL. Now I have that chance. I'm happy. I'm pumped. I'm ready to get up there and compete."

Seeing a little time at outside linebacker in his career at Auburn, Coleman says that's what the Bills are looking for him to do when they change defenses this season. Thought to be a tweener by most NFL clubs, he says now is the time to show them what he can do without his hand on the ground.

"They just switched to a 3-4," Coleman notes. "I talked to the defensive coordinator and I'm going to be a hybrid defensive end/rush outside linebacker. That's something that I really wanted to do. I did it a lot with Will Muschamp (Auburn's defensive coordinator his first two seasons) and I was real successful doing it."

Coleman will have some Auburn ties in Buffalo when he arrives, which should make for an easier transition when training camp starts this summer. In addition to defensive tackle Spencer Johnson, the General Manager of the Bills is former Auburn assistant Buddy Nix. Coleman says that having some Auburn flavor at his new home is never a bad thing.

"It's going to be great to go up there with him (Nix)," Coleman says. "Spencer Johnson is also up there. It will be great to get under his wing and learn the system and what's going on. I think it's going to be a great experience for me up there. I'm going to give it my all and try to get on that roster.

"I'll get used to the cold weather," he adds. "Like I've said, it may be cold up there but the money's not cold. It's going to be a great experience for me. I'm just ready to get up there and compete and play football."


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