Newman could be down lineman

We'll have to wait until the April mini-camp to find out for sure, but there is talk of making Bills' strongside linebacker Keith Newman a down lineman in some defensive packages so he can exclusively rush the passer.

Newman, a restricted free agent, had his best season two seasons ago when he recorded eight sacks. It was his first year starting at strongside linebacker and second in the NFL. Last year, Newman was thrust into more pass coverage because Sam Cowart was hurt, taking away a lot of his chances to rush the passer. Thus, he only had 3 ½ sacks.

Newman is a strong, relentless pass rusher. Bills vice president of player personnel Dwight Adams has said that Newman is one of the best hitters he has ever seen.


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