I’m liking the many instances where heart is showing up in Bills camp every bit as much as – if not more than – speed, strength, and athleticism. That’s because this isn’t a roster packed with thoroughbreds. Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Doug Whaley have clearly made a point during the offseason of acquiring players who are going to be counted upon heavily for depth and special-teams play.
Linebacker Eric Striker is one key example. He gives every ounce he has in his smallish, 6-foot, 221-pound frame, and was challenging IK Enemkpali on an outside-linebacker depth chart shortened by the injuries to Shaq and Manny Lawson.
Defensive backs Colt Anderson and Corey White, and veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander seem to dig a little bit deeper each day, because they know they have to.
A few wide receivers who joined the team last year – including Greg Salas, Dezmin Lewis, and Jonathan Dowling – are no-nonsense professionals who understand they have no margin for error, and are performing accordingly.