PITTSFORD — Now that he’s back on the practice field, Paul Posluszny can get back to practicing his new position.
The Buffalo Bills’ starting middle linebacker in the Tampa 2-style 4-3 defense the past three seasons, Posluszny is still picking up the nuances of playing inside in the 3-4.
For the first 10 days of training camp, Posluszny was limited to playbook study and observation from the sidelines as he recovered from minor groin surgery. On Monday, Posluszny participated in individual and 7-on-7 drills during the morning practice.
“It felt good just to be out there running around with the guys,” Posluszny said. “I didn’t do much ... but it felt good just to see some routes develop, react a little bit and see the world through the face mask again.”
Posluszny isn’t sure if he will play in Friday’s preseason opener, but he’s “getting close to 100 percent,” and certain he’ll be ready for the first regular season game on Sept. 12.
“By the time we play Miami, we won’t even worry about this,” Posluszny said.
By that time, Posluszny also hopes to be fully acclimated to a defensive alignment he’s never experienced before. At Penn State, he played in a scheme with four linebackers on the field, but one of them always lined up as a defensive end, and Posluszny’s responsibilities were similar to what he’d take on in his first few years with the Bills.
When he heard that new defensive coordinator George Edwards would be implementing the 3-4, Posluszny had visions of filling run gaps and smashing into unencumbered guards on every play.
“So far that hasn’t been the case,” Posluszny said. “We are a 3-4 team but we’re going to do a lot of stuff with our front to switch things up and bury things.”