Bills' Searcy eager to show he can do more
As training camp has rolled along at St. John Fisher College, the Buffalo Bills have had three main pieces in the defensive backfield that have been a part of the rotation during practice.
At safety, starters Jairus Byrd and George Wilson are both getting their reps with the first team. As is second-year player Da'Norris Searcy, who has impressed the coaching staff so much so that he's getting some time at both free and strong safety during team drills.
"First off, it's a great experience and a great opportunity," Searcy said. "It shows that the coaches trust me a lot to be able to put me in with the one's. So I'm just going in making sure I know all my assignments, communications and just continue to work and get better."
All it takes is a logical understanding to know that the Bills only really have three players on the roster that they'd want to use at safety in a regular season game. While they have the comfort of having both Byrd and Wilson fully healthy, it seems the Bills are aiming to get their second-year safety acclimated with both positions just in case of an injury.
Searcy, taken in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, watches by as his second-year brethren are being put in starting positions with a lot of responsibilities to perform. As the coaching staff and even the front office have said, the Bills need their draft classes to play a big role in their advancement as a team. Searcy said there's an inner push to be a part of that equation.
"A little bit, because I want to show what I can do as well," he said. "I showed it a little bit last year, but me going in to year two, I want to be able to show more. Just show that I'm accountable and show the coaches that if they need me anywhere, that I can play."
"For year two, I would like to have a bigger role and just be able to compete and help the team any way I can."
If the way the reps have been divied out are any indication, it's likely that Searcy will get his wish in 2012.