Robinson has command of Williams and Gray's D

Unlike most of the new veteran players drifting into Buffalo for off-season conditioning, Eddie Robinson has very little work to do on the field to prepare for his first year as a Bill.

"I kind of know the defense," he understated. "I've been using it for seven out of my 10 years in the league."

"He hasn't been here, but he knows the playbook because he's done it," said defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who was both a player and coach with Robinson with the Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans. Head coach Gregg Williams brought the 46 hybrid defense with him from Tennessee, where he was defensive coordinator.

Gray continued, "When you have a coach on the field like Eddie, he can put you in the adjustments you were trying to get in from the sideline. What he brings in knowledge of the game, he'll also bring it into the meeting room.

"We can try a lot more things this year that we wanted to try last year, but  couldn't because the guys can't get it mentally. It's not so much the schemes; it's the mental part of the game."

This season, instead of having a team rife with inexperience, the Bills have brought in players not just experienced, but also successful. "We've got Billy Jenkins, London Fletcher, Eddie Robinson and Drew Bledsoe, and every one of them played in a Super Bowl. They'll come in with a positive attitude, and that means everyone will leave the stadium with a positive attitude," Gray said.

Before taking part in a Bills mini-camp, Robinson is pretty certain of his role as the starting weakside linebacker. "I'll probably be more of a cover guy, but I'll get a chance to blitz some. I can blitz; I can cover; I can interact with the DBs and the D-line. I wouldn't want to be just a rusher. When I'm matched up with tight ends, if he doesn't catch the ball, I know that's good."

Robinson came to Buffalo in the unusual position of knowing his coaches better than his teammates.

"I'm more or less just focusing on getting a rapport with the guys," he said. "I have to be with them six or seven days a week for six months. Not having to learn the playbook makes it that much easier for me to get to know them."

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