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DE Mario Williams - Buffalo Bills

6-7, 290Born: 1-31-1985College: North Carolina StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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After signing a huge free agent contract to join the Bills in 2012, Mario Williams has been very good at times but not quite elite. Although forced to play through some nagging injuries at times, he hasn't missed a game during his two seasons in Buffalo and has posted 23.5 sacks in his first two years. Low tackle numbers have kept him outside the top-10 at his position though, and he'll need to do more against the run to fulfill expecations. The Bills employed an aggressive hybrid defensive front last year that put a lot of pressure on opposing QBs. That may change under new coordinator Jim Schwartz, who is expected to use a 4-3 as the base defense with less blitzing. Lining up as a 4-3 DE should be a more natural fit for Williams, however, and he should also get more pass rush opportunities if the offense can perform better given the upgrades the team has made on that side of the ball. With a solid cast of supporting talent around him, look for Mario Williams to return to DE1 status this year. (May 24)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 10, 8, 8, 12, 13
Overall Redraft - 28, 21, 22, 30, 53
DE Dynasty - 9, 9
Overall Dynasty - 21, 21

Stats and Projections

2011 HOU 5 10 1 5 1 0 0 1 0
2012 BUF 16 37 9 10.5 2 2 0 4 0
2013 BUF 16 28 10 13 1 0 0 4 0
2014 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 34 * * * * * * *
2014 PROJ-Norton 16 43 * * * * * * *

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2014 Schedule

1@ Chicago Bears
2vs Miami Dolphins
3vs San Diego Chargers
4@ Houston Texans
5@ Detroit Lions
6vs New England Patriots
7vs Minnesota Vikings
8@ New York Jets
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10vs Kansas City Chiefs
11@ Miami Dolphins
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13vs Cleveland Browns
14@ Denver Broncos
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16@ Oakland Raiders
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