Flying Under the Radar: Aaron Schobel

The Buffalo Bills are similar to the Jaguars in terms of star power, being that both teams don't have very many players that are nationally recognized. If you ask the casual football fan that lives outside of upstate New York to name some Bills players, he or she may come up with Lee Evans, Marshawn Lynch, or on again, off again quarterback J.P. Losman.

One player on the Bills that has been a star for the last few years that isn't exactly a household name is Aaron Schobel.

Aaron Schobel was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2001draft after he had an excellent collegiate career at TCU. Schobel was a former high school All-American as a defensive end and tight end in the football rich state of Texas.

Schobel has made an immediate impact ever since being drafted by Buffalo, as he had 6.5 sacks as a rookie while playing limited snaps. Schobel is currently in second place on the Bills all-time sack list, with 63 sacks, as he recently passed Phil Hansen. Schobel is one of just a handful of players in the NFL to notch double-digit sacks in consecutive years, joining only Bruce Smith as the only two men to hold that honor (in Bills history).

Schobel is off to a bit of a slow start to this season, but he remains as a player that the Jaguars offense must account for on each and every play. Khalif Barnes will certainly have his hands full on Sunday, as he did a year ago when these two teams got together. Schobel tallied seven tackles and half a sack in a 27-24 victory over the Jaguars last November. If the Jaguars are going to put a dagger in the playoff hopes of the upstart Buffalo Bills, it begins with blocking Aaron Schobel.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of, and a regular syndicated contributor to, Sirius NFL Radio, and Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.

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