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Moats trying to make a mark in Buffalo’s 4-3 defense


Bills linebacker Arthur Moats wants to be known for more than being the guy who ended Brett Favre’s streak of consecutive starts.

To that end, the 2010 sixth-round pick hopes to nail down a spot in the team’s new 4-3 defense, a year after bouncing from outside to inside to outside in the prior 3-4 front.

According to Jared Kracker of the team’s official website, Moats is again moving around, this time between strongside linebacker in the base defense — and middle linebacker in the nickel package.

“If they feel that confident that I will be able to make the calls, make the checks and things like that well then of course it is a confidence boost,” Moats said. “It is also going to make me work even harder because if they have this confidence in me, then I want to make sure that I do not let them down.”

He hasn’t so far, which means Moats could be on the field a lot in 2012.

“When you are out there with the big-name guys and stars of the team, of course you feel good about yourself,” Moats said.  “At the same time you have to add that pressure because you know that if you’re out here with these guys you better not let them down.  I know that they are going to have my back, so I have to have their backs as well.”

Moats has appeared in 29 of 32 games, with four starts as a rookie and 2.5 sacks each year.  As he enters his third season, he could be ready to make a name for himself in what could be a much improved defense.

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7 Responses to “Moats trying to make a mark in Buffalo’s 4-3 defense”
  1. buffalo72 says: Jun 25, 2012 7:02 PM

    Don’t cross the moats!

  2. jpmelon says: Jun 25, 2012 7:09 PM

    You can’t cross the Moats! I’ve been impressed with his play….I hope he has a long career in Buffalo ahead of him.

  3. EJ says: Jun 25, 2012 7:41 PM

    Moats is a fan favorite here in Western, NY. I know there is many people that want nothing more than to see this kid succeed. Go Bills!!!! #BillsMafia

  4. buffalodave10 says: Jun 25, 2012 9:36 PM

    Even if he doesn’t start, he adds solid depth!!

  5. buffalomafia says: Jun 25, 2012 10:16 PM

    Go Bills!

  6. wweiler says: Jun 25, 2012 10:37 PM

    as a JMU alumni I am very happy for this guy. love seeing fellow Dukes succeeding in the Big League.

  7. xqzrt says: Jun 25, 2012 11:35 PM

    The “Legend Killer” already left his mark…..on Favre

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