Ty Powell Entrenched as Top Reserve ILB?

Ty Powell looks like he'll see a bigger role in 2015. Right now, he seems entrenched as Buffalo's top reserve ILB.

Nigel Bradham and Preston Brown have been penciled in as the Buffalo Bills’ starting inside linebacker duo since the team signed Rex Ryan as their starting head coach. It was easy to see why as the two linebackers had terrific 2014 seasons. Bradham and Brown made 213 combined tackles in last season and each player finished as a top 15 outside linebacker over at Pro Football Focus.

Despite their success on the field in 2014, Bobby April, Buffalo’s linebackers coach, isn’t ready to name the duo as starters. In fact, April believes that there is another linebacker who can compete for the starting job: Ty Powell.

April told Matthew Fairburn of Syracuse.com the following about the inside linebacker competition:

"I think there's still competition for the starters, too," April said. "Ty Powell is having a good offseason. He's competing, he's playing hard for us. He's studying hard. He's smart. He's still in the mix. It's going to be a competitive camp, top and bottom of that roster. There's definitely opportunities there."

Realistically, Powell won’t unseat Brown or Bradham, but he seems entrenched behind Brown at the MIKE position. According to PFF, Powell played 46 snaps on defense last year but there’s a good chance that his snap count increases this season. April hasn’t been the only person impressed by Powell. Head coach Rex Ryan said the following on Powell:

Many mock drafts had the Bills targeting the linebacker position early in the 2015 draft, but it’s very apparent that the Bills are comfortable with Bradham and Brown as their starting inside linebackers and Powell as their top reserve.


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Nigel Bradham and Preston Brown have been penciled in as the Buffalo Bills’ starting inside linebacker duo since the team signed Rex Ryan as their starting head coach. It was easy to see why as the two linebackers had terrific 2014 seasons. Bradham and Brown made 213 combined tackles in last season and each player finished as a top 15 outside linebacker over at Pro Football Focus.

Despite their success on the field in 2014, Bobby April, Buffalo’s linebackers coach, isn’t ready to name the duo as starters. In fact, April believes that there is another linebacker who can compete for the starting job: Ty Powell.

April told Matthew Fairburn of Syracuse.com the following about the inside linebacker competition:

"I think there's still competition for the starters, too," April said. "Ty Powell is having a good offseason. He's competing, he's playing hard for us. He's studying hard. He's smart. He's still in the mix. It's going to be a competitive camp, top and bottom of that roster. There's definitely opportunities there."

Realistically, Powell won’t unseat Brown or Bradham, but he seems entrenched behind Brown at the MIKE position. According to PFF, Powell played 46 snaps on defense last year but there’s a good chance that his snap count increases this season. April hasn’t been the only person impressed by Powell. Head coach Rex Ryan said the following on Powell:

"Ty Powell has been the most impressive to me" as far as LB depth. -- Rex.

— Sal Capaccio (@SalSports) May 13, 2015

Many mock drafts had the Bills targeting the linebacker position early in the 2015 draft, but it’s very apparent that the Bills are comfortable with Bradham and Brown as their starting inside linebackers and Powell as their top reserve.


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