Levra, retiring as Buffalo's defensive line coach after this season after 44 years of coaching, will have a vastly different look on his line during the season.
That's because the Bills signed their second 10-year-veteran defensive lineman in four days: former Buccaneers and Rams defensive end Chidi Ahanotu. The newest Bill didn't have any two-a-days this year, however, and won't even practice with the team before it breaks camp at St. John Fisher College. Ahanotu was in Pittsford Monday to sign his contract, then left for his home in Florida to gather up his family. He said he was excused from practice until Thursday, the first day the team will work out back at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park.
Head coach Gregg Williams wouldn't commit to having either Ahanotu or the other new addition, Shawn Price, in a starting role this season. "Shawn and Chidi both are just getting back into playing form. They'll contribute, but you know with our defensive line, we're going to play them in waves.
"I think Chidi's veteran leadership can help us. He and Shawn give us the kind of credibility we've found at other positions, such as the linebackers we brought in, and the wide receiver and quarterback."
Before signing the two 30-somethings, aside from nose tackle Pat Williams, the Bills had just second-year players starting on their defensive line. Ahanotu will push ends Kendrick Office and Aaron Schobel for playing time, and Price – who has been practicing for two days – could move ahead of Ron Edwards at under tackle ...
During the morning session, punter Brian Moorman's hang time was down from 4.7-4.8 seconds to the 4.3-4.4 range. Gregg Williams acknowledged that that was a concern ... The first offense again failed to run out all of the clock in a four-minute drill, but the second offense succeeded with a long gain on a pass to the suddenly reemerging Sheldon Jackson ...
The afternoon session ended about 20 minutes early after rain began to fall. Alex Van Pelt seemed to have little zip on his passes. Backup defensive backs Milton Proctor and Kevin Thomas managed to recover and knock away sideline passes. Nose tackle Demetrious Maxie intercepted a short pass from Van Pelt ... Antoine Winfield sat out much of the practice. He said he was resting, but his right ankle was taped. Chris Watson replaced him at left cornerback, with Jason Bostic moving in on the dime defense.