Battlin' Bills

No, this isn't a rehash of the Doug Flutie vs. Rob Johnson debate. Once a week during the next few weeks we will introduce you to some of the players involved in position competitions and what each player offers and who we think will end up earning the position featured. Today we focus in on at the starter at Free Safety.

The battle is between incumbent starter Izell Reese and Coy Wire.

Reese joined the Bills as an UFA last season but by the season's end he took over the starting position from Pierson Prioleau, who has now been regulated as the team's backup strong safety. Reese was also a starter at free safety for the Denver Broncos, his only year with the team after being a career backup at Dallas. At 6-2 190 Reese offers up more experience, better size and better coverage skills then Coy Wire.

Among Reese's drawbacks is he is not a strong tackler which happens to be Wire's primary strength. Although this will mark yet another position change for the young Wire. As he started his collegiate career as a RB but was shifted to LB. As a pro with the Bills, Wire was once again shifted to Strong safety as a rookie. He played the position well n 2002 but was replaced last year when the Bills signed All Pro Lawyer Milloy just prior to the start of the season.

We think Reese with his experience will make him the early winner of this battle. Though he could be spelled early and often to give Wire the reps needed to develop into the eventual long term solution at the position.

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