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.