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Moats gets first shot at Bills' SLB spot

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Moats gets first shot at Bills' SLB spot
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Moats gets first shot at Bills' SLB spot

The biggest personnel news out of Bills camp this week was that third-year LB Arthur Moats had passed veteran Kirk Morrison on the depth chart at the strong-side LB spot. Defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt told reporters that Moats “has made very few mistakes and he is playing very fast.” Moats has had his position moved around, but we hear that the team believes he will benefit from being strictly a "Sam" linebacker. The Bills like Moats’ versatility and athleticism, and they want him to help in coverage as well. As a third-year player, this is Moats’ first full offseason as a veteran, and he has clearly improved. In 29 career games, Moats has 62 tackles and has flashed pass-rush skills with five sacks. Morrison told reporters after re-signing with the team that the lockout hurt his opportunity to make an impact in 2011 — he made a career-low seven tackles in 14 games. If Moats wins the job, Morrison certainly will be the top reserve linebacker at a position that lacks experience in its backups.

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