Should Brandon Spikes be on Buffalo's radar?

If Ty Powell's injury is an ACL tear, should the Bills call Brandon Spikes?

Ty Powell was carted off of the field at St. John Fisher on Monday during a joint practice between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns. Following Monday’s practice Rex Ryan said that Powell possibly had an ACL tear. If that is the case, Powell will miss the entire 2015 season.

Depth at the Mike linebacker spot is shaky for the Bills. A.J. Tarpley stepped onto the field for Buffalo on Monday in Powell’s place. The undrafted linebacker had 243 career tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in his career at Stanford. Tarpley deserves a shot to prove his worth, but if does not perform well it may be time for the Bills to call back a familiar name: Brandon Spikes.

Spikes is currently a free agent after he initially signed with the New England Patriots this offseason. The Patriots released Spikes after a hit-and-run incident and on July 1, the linebacker pleaded guilty to the charges against him. The linebacker will have to serve a year of probation but the incident is now behind him. Now may be the time for a Bills/Spikes reunion.

In 2014, Spikes played in 16 games, starting 10, and he recorded 54 total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and three passes defensed. Spikes was Pro Football Focus’ ninth best ILB in run defense in his only season with the Bills.

Spikes would have to settle for a backup role with the team. Perhaps the linebacker believes he can get a starting role in the upcoming months once injuries occur. It’s certainly possible, yet it wouldn’t hurt the Bills to at least call Spikes’ agent.

The linebacker is better suited for a true 4-3 defense but there’s no reason to believe that Spikes couldn’t adapt to Ryan’s aggressive defense. Spikes is a terrific run stuffer and could spell Brown throughout the game on early downs when teams are more likely to run the ball.

The Bills have taken chances on character players throughout the offseason, so why not Spikes? 


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