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Bills' Carrington showing flashes in move to OLB

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By Kevin Fishbain

There are still some question marks at outside linebacker for the Bills, who are banking on a rejuvenated Shawne Merriman. One player expected to factor in the rotation is second-year pro Alex Carrington, who played defensive end as a rookie. The way we hear it, Carrington has been impressive at camp and he provides a different dynamic at the position with his size — 6-5, 305 pounds. "He's a big load on the edge. He has good speed for a man his size," head coach Chan Gailey said earlier in camp. The Bills' struggles against the run and getting after the passer last season have been widely publicized, and moving Carrington to linebacker could help in both aspects, as he has a quickness to rush the quarterback and has good size to stop the run. If Carrington can carry his training-camp momentum into the regular season, one daily team observer said he wouldn't be stunned to see fewer snaps for veteran OLB Chris Kelsay. Kelsay has been a consistent, solid contributor but is not much of a playmaker.

 

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