Last year, reserve linebacker Ty Powell made a great first impression with head coach Rex Ryan. It seemed as though Powell was going to have a large role as Buffalo's backup 'mike' linebacker behind Preston Brown.
Back in May, Ryan said the following about Powell:
“The first guy I’ll talk about will be Powell,” said Ryan. “He’s been most impressive to me. Smart, picks things up quick. He was more of a special teams guy, and quite honestly if he doesn’t play a snap that’s fine with me. That means Preston Brown is fine, but I like Powell I think he’s really jumped up.”
Unfortunately for Powell, the linebacker tore his ACL during a joint practice against the Cleveland Browns. After missing the entire 2015 season, Powell is now a RFA. Buffalo could let Powell hit free agency, but Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley made it known that the Bills want Powell back in 2016.
Whaley joined Howard Simon on WGR-550 on Thursday to discuss free agency and the draft when Powell's name came up when discussing restricted free agents. The GM said that Buffalo is working on an agreement with Powell "as we speak" and that the team has a "good feel" for what the linebacker can do.
One year later, it seems as though Powell will get his chance to be a key reserve for the Bills in 2016.null