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Posted: Tuesday, 16 April 2013 5:34PM

Bills' Aaron Williams switched to safety



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- In a move many could see coming, the Buffalo Bills formally announced on Tuesday that former second round pick Aaron Williams would no longer be playing the position he was originally drafted for. No longer a full-time cornerback, Williams will now be doing all of his preparations as a safety.

“Yeah, now I’m saying that. That’s [the coaching staff's] decision, but that’s one they’ve made so far,” General Manager Buddy Nix said on Tuesday at the team's annual pre-draft luncheon.

It's a decision Williams learned when he first got to One Bills Drive for the team's initial voluntary offseason conditioning program in early April.

"They just felt like that for my advantage and my ball-skill level and what they saw on film, they felt me better at safety," he said. "It has nothing to do with they didn’t think I couldn’t play corner at all. It’s just what they wanted to do its best for the team and they told me just run with it."

Is it a move the former second-round pick is in favor of?

"Wherever the coaches want me to play I’m going to play it. It’s not I don’t like it. It’s not I do like it. It’s if the coaches put me in the best position for the team," Williams said. "Its definitely a challenge, especially when you don’t know the position, you’ve never played it since high school, and I wouldn’t even count that as playing safety. So learning all the schemes, it just takes a little time to get used to."

The Bills have a certain vision for the former full-time cornerback, and it may just be a good one if it's done correctly. As tight ends have plagued the Bills for years on defense, putting an experienced cover man at safety with some size and solid ball skills could translate well in to the new defense. At least, that's the hope.

"I’m a corner playing safety, that’s the way I look at it. A corner playing safety," he stressed. "They wanted me back there to have an advantage against tight ends or guys in the slot. I can still play corner if they put me back there. It has nothing to do with they think I can’t play corner. It’s a corner playing safety."

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Williams and the rest of his teammates participated in the first of three days of the team's voluntary veteran minicamp. The only player not present was free safety Jairus Byrd, who has yet to sign his franchise tag. The Bills have said they have reached out to Byrd.

The team also welcomed in eleven tryout players for the three-day workout. University at Buffalo graduate and cornerback Byron Mulkey,  defensive end Jamie Blatnick, linebacker Kourtnei Brown, cornerback Mike Holmes, defensive tackle Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, kicker Chris Koepplin, tight end Nick Provo, defensive lineman Marcus Robinson, punter Brian Stahovich, running back Frank Summers and long snapper James Winchester are all participating.

Head Coach Doug Marrone will address the media following the conclusion of the three-day workout on Thursday.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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