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Shawne Merriman, Brad Smith make quick impact for Bills


Two of Buffalo’s big offseason signings made a quick impact in their Bills preseason debuts.

Shawne Merriman picked up back-to-back sacks on Bears’ Caleb Hanie late in the first quarter Saturday night.

Sure, caveats apply.  It was the Bears.  Both sacks could arguably be called “coverage sacks.”  We are still impressed.

Merriman showed a great motor fighting through blocks on both plays.  He showed some power before tossing Hanie to the ground. It’s only a small start, but it’s something. And we haven’t seen much of anything from Merriman in years.

Buffalo picked up Merriman on waivers last year, but this was the first time he suited up for a game.

The Bills also showed they will use free agent acquisition Brad Smith plenty.  They brought him in to take snaps in two early third down situations.  He took the direct snap both times and rushed for first downs.

Buffalo should get plenty of value from Smith between his return skills and his running/quarterback ability.

UPDATE: The Bears have a reclamation projection having a good night too.  Two sacks for Amobi Okoye.

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21 Responses to “Shawne Merriman, Brad Smith make quick impact for Bills”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Aug 13, 2011 9:05 PM

    Hanie held the ball too long. Merriman got lucky.

    But, he did pull the “lights-out” dance out of retirement.

  2. My Last Victim Escaped says: Aug 13, 2011 9:07 PM

    Quick somebody check Merriman’s locker… he prob got some PEDs stashed.

  3. jcdavey2011 says: Aug 13, 2011 9:23 PM

    congrats to merriman, i was hoping he’d get back to health with the chargers, but it’s good to see him play good again

    hopefully he can keep it up.

  4. billyhoyle4real says: Aug 13, 2011 9:32 PM

    Comeback Player of the Year:
    LIGHTSOUT. This guy has something to prove and a huge chip on his shoulder. Can’t wait for week one to see how the defense starts to roll when the snaps count. Could be fun to watch develop for a team void of any excitement for years.

  5. drunkenbuffalo27 says: Aug 13, 2011 9:35 PM

    The first sack Hanie held the ball for a while, but I thought Merriman got right in there on the second sack. I know the Bears OL is garbage but nice to see the Bills stopping runners and penetrating.

  6. lrt79 says: Aug 13, 2011 9:47 PM

    Bears pass blocking has looked terrible, but the run blocking – particularly on the right side – will be strong.

    Marion Barber was back in BEAST mode.

  7. pericles12 says: Aug 13, 2011 9:50 PM

    Merriman also drew a holding penalty on a would be sack that was cleaned up by Dareus on Cutler!!!

  8. almelo95 says: Aug 13, 2011 10:04 PM

    He also forced Cutler up in the pocket on Dareus’ sack. Cleanly beat the tackle while Dareus beat both the center and guard.

  9. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 13, 2011 10:27 PM

    Sounds like Merriman is as good at sacking second string quarterbacks as he is at sacking vials of horse steroids.

  10. raqaiw says: Aug 13, 2011 10:44 PM

    Wow,Akoye just doubled his career sacks. Too bad its preseason.

  11. kilo0986 says: Aug 13, 2011 10:48 PM

    I still cant believe how many teams passed him up on waivers… i know hes had a lot of injuries but hes a beast when healthy

  12. axespray says: Aug 13, 2011 10:57 PM

    oh man, the bills starters are lighting up the bear’s starters….cause for concern?


  13. buffalosoldier99 says: Aug 14, 2011 12:46 AM

    To all my Bills fans nationwide and across the world…Have no fear and do not listen to all the foolish bickering..the Bills will soon rise like the phoenix and cycle back to the winning ways.Keep the faith.

  14. bearfan51 says: Aug 14, 2011 12:57 AM

    Blah Blah Blah…

    You realize the Bears were 0-4 in preseason last year. They won the NFCN and went to the NFC Title Game.

    Green Bay was 2-2 in Preseason and won the Superbowl…


    Bills will still suck… Chi will be competing for a playoff birth.


  15. goawayeverybody says: Aug 14, 2011 1:40 AM

    The Bears are going to get run over this year.

  16. realdraftgm says: Aug 14, 2011 2:24 AM

    First we know blocking a healthy Merriman and stout Darius is not easy. But lets look at the facts; should of paid Kreutz that is a no brainer but that cannott be controlled now. Lets go to the facts. Jamarcus Webb had a great year at right tackle they should keep him there. Gabe Camrini is a left tackle as he was at Wisconsin people hate on him as a left tackle for no reason just like they do Teebow as a quarterback. It is not a beauty contest. Playing Camrini at the left which he will excel at will fix alot of the problems. Webb did great on the right if it is not broke don’t try to fix it with Webb. Aside from that Casey Wiegman that the chiefs cut is out there I suggest they sign him at center and do not miss a beat. He is probably an upgrade a center actually. There is a guard out there that got cut I like as well just cannott remember who it was. Either way that takes care of 3/5 of the line it is easier to plug in guards anyhow.

  17. blackbug99 says: Aug 14, 2011 2:41 AM

    It was a great preseason game for both teams…AND no major injuries….preseason….what else is to say?

  18. david7590 says: Aug 14, 2011 4:37 AM

    Vernon Gholston didn’t get a sack?

  19. EJ says: Aug 14, 2011 8:32 AM

    Merriman/Dareus both looked pretty good. Fred Jackson hasn’t lost a step from last season. CJ Spiller looks like he finally understands, speed is not everything.

    Overall, I think the starters looked pretty good. A few back-ups flashed some ability. Its preseason though, its hard to really tell until the season opener.

    Go Bills!!!!

  20. drmonkeyarmy says: Aug 14, 2011 8:54 AM

    I would expect Merriman to have a good season. After all, he has a chip on his shoulder and there was no drug testing during the lock out.

  21. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Aug 14, 2011 9:18 AM


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