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Shawne Merriman OK with being a lineman again

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Shawne Merriman might have preferred to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4, but being a defensive end beats being unemployed.

Merriman said Wednesday he’s ready to play right away, and Bills coach Chan Gailey said he won’t hesitate to use Merriman this week against the Titans.

“As long as he’s in playing shape and everything goes well this week and he gets back into the flow of things,” Gailey said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, “he’s probably going to be right there on Sunday afternoon, giving us some help.”

Having been in camp all summer, Merriman is familiar with the system, even if he was looking for another type of work. But when Mark Anderson went down with a knee injury, the Bills needed someone who could step right in.

“It’s become second nature,” Merriman said. “I went through just about a whole training camp and got very comfortable, especially towards the end of training camp with the scheme and how things work.”

While he might have wanted a different setting, he downplayed the difference in schemes.

“I played linebacker my whole entire life, but when you’re a football player you’re a football player,” Merriman said. “You can put your hand in the dirt. You can stand up.

“Obviously, if these guys didn’t think I could play D-end, they wouldn’t have brought me back. I’m happy to not only contribute, but pick up where I left off and do what they ask me to do.”

Of course, since Merriman hasn’t done much since his 39.5 sacks his first three seasons (he has 5.0 in the five years since), the expectations are probably sufficiently lowered.

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20 Responses to “Shawne Merriman OK with being a lineman again”
  1. realnflmaster says: Oct 17, 2012 3:22 PM

    You know your team is bad when you’re worse than miami in the AFC east.

  2. fitzmagic1212 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:23 PM

    its a shame he took roids if he wouldve just worked hard without them he could be healthy and playing good to great football.

  3. mz1394 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:32 PM

    if he didnt take roids he wouldve been a bust. Funny how this guy went from im waiting for a team that plays a 3-4 D to taking the 1st job available. I believe the person that last time commented i didnt know burger king played a 3-4 had it right.

  4. southridge23 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:32 PM

    realnflmaster says:
    Oct 17, 2012 3:22 PM
    You know your team is bad when you’re worse than miami in the AFC east.
     _________

    You know you shouldn’t be commenting on blogs when your claims have zero merit…they’re both 3-3 genius

  5. phillyphannn83 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:37 PM

    That’s what happens when you get off the juice, your REAL talent level gets exposed.

  6. stevietimmy says: Oct 17, 2012 3:39 PM

    “You know your team is bad when you’re worse than miami in the AFC east.

    realnflmaster”

    Or just as bad as the Iggles?

  7. EJ says: Oct 17, 2012 3:58 PM

    I sure hope he is healthy and ready to contribute. When he was here before, he was either hurt or nursing an injury, rarely making his presence known. Its too bad he will probably never be the same Merriman of the past, the one who dominated the football field to no end, but if he can produce even a quarter of what he used to, It will still be more than what Mark Anderson has given the Bills this season.

  8. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 17, 2012 4:04 PM

    @realnflmaster

    Technically, all the teams in the AFCE are worse than the Dolphins, including your Jets, so I’d can it. After this week, the Jets will be looking up at everybody, so it won’t really matter.

  9. rbpatriots12 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:41 PM

    Realnflmaster, you should invest in one of those helmets Daniel Thomas is wearing, seemed to have bumped your head a few too many times.

  10. chezdigital says: Oct 17, 2012 4:42 PM

    I have a feeling he’s going to bring some high level intensity to the field. I don’t know what kind of stats he’s going to put up, but he was all over the field against Washington in the preseason. If he can pump up the rest of the D, that would pay dividends in itself.

  11. billsin20xx says: Oct 17, 2012 4:54 PM

    I just wish they could have converted him to a coach or even a QB, those are the positions we really need to upgrade! LOL

  12. 2ruefan says: Oct 17, 2012 5:05 PM

    Roids don’t make anyone a better athlete. IMHO that’s a big misconception.

    They only allow you to retain more water in the cells as you work the muscle, hence more mass even when they are worked. (Which is why they are used so much in Body building)

    But the idea that somehow Roids turn you into a superstar is just not factual.

    Take Tony Mandarich as exhibit A. He was HUGE, and STRONG and considered a can’t miss superstar. Even ON Roids in the NFL initially he was a bust.

    They don’t make you faster, or more coordinated, or give you better technique or provide you with better hand-eye coordination. All they do is allow your muscles to maintain more mass, and consequently more strength.

  13. jjbadd385 says: Oct 17, 2012 5:56 PM

    Sometimes you catch a player & he is desperate to re-establish himself, like Ricky Williams did some years back. Merriam might just explode into a real beast again…

  14. billsboy88 says: Oct 17, 2012 6:48 PM

    When he was at Maryland, I remember watching him and fantasizing about him playing for the Bills someday.

    Then, years passed and he actually became part of the Bills…twice. And I have not been the least bit excited either time.

  15. bflosportsfan1968 says: Oct 17, 2012 6:54 PM

    The reason the Bills find themselves at the botton of the division is that the opposing team has scored 65 points more than the Bills. We Can Thank the Patriots and 49ers for that.

  16. billsin20xx says: Oct 17, 2012 7:28 PM

    Let me give you a few names and then try to tell me your ‘cells’ hold water – Bonds, McGuire and Clemens…

    “2ruefan says: Oct 17, 2012 5:05 PM

    Roids don’t make anyone a better athlete. IMHO that’s a big misconception.

    They only allow you to retain more water in the cells as you work the muscle, hence more mass even when they are worked. (Which is why they are used so much in Body building)

    But the idea that somehow Roids turn you into a superstar is just not factual.

    Take Tony Mandarich as exhibit A. He was HUGE, and STRONG and considered a can’t miss superstar. Even ON Roids in the NFL initially he was a bust.

    They don’t make you faster, or more coordinated, or give you better technique or provide you with better hand-eye coordination. All they do is allow your muscles to maintain more mass, and consequently more strength.

  17. EJ says: Oct 17, 2012 7:30 PM

    realnflmaster says:
    Oct 17, 2012 3:22 PM
    You know your team is bad when you’re worse than miami in the AFC east.

    Are you talking about the Jets, Patriots or Bills?
    If Its the Bills you are pointing at, they are 3-3, just like every other team in the AFC East.
    I understand not liking the opponents of your favorite team, but you take your hate to a whole other level. You trash talk Buffalo every chance you get, even if it has nothing to do with the Jets. Does your girlfriend have a crush on a Bills fan? Did your mom divorce your dad and marry someone from Buffalo? Did the 90’s bother you because the Bills always smacked around your Jets? What is it? Help out PFT Planet and let us know who or what pissed on your corn flakes???

  18. zor9999 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:15 PM

    I guess it’s “Light’s On” but the switch is a dimmer switch at about 15% and if it goes higher, the fuse will burst.

  19. dtjano says: Oct 17, 2012 9:41 PM

    No risk. If he gets hurt it’s because he always does. Any contribution will be a plus.

  20. postaldude2012 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:57 PM

    He will rejuvenate the attitude in that locker room! And then they will go kick some ass on that fricken field! Can’t wait to be proven wrong, like I always am with my losing team all these years since The All Pro Kelly last took them to the promise lands four years in a row! Go Bills!

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