Time for Bills' young D-linemen to step up

Posted Feb. 18, 2011 @ 2:36 p.m.
Posted By Eli Kaberon

With the release of DE Marcus Stroud on Feb. 16, the Bills made another clear statement that they are looking to get larger contributions from younger players on defense. Stroud was not the player the team was hoping for when they traded third- and fifth-round draft choices to the Jaguars in 2008 for the three-time Pro Bowler, registering just 7½ sacks during his three seasons in Buffalo. In his place, young linemen such as 2010 draft picks Alex Carrington and Torell Troup should get increased playing time. Carrington, a third-round pick, is a natural defensive end who played in nine games last season, registering eight tackles and one sack. Troup, who is more of a defensive tackle and considered the better run stopper of the two, had 23 tackles in 15 games with two starts It also wouldn't be a surprise to see Buffalo draft a D-lineman, as this year's class is stocked with talented players at the DE and DT spots.