It came out of nowhere. When Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix was asked by the media about how the team would replace Paul Posluszny at inside linebacker, he threw a rather alarming sentence in near the end of the answer.
"We're working (Arthur) Moats in there right now," said Nix.
Most fans were in disbelief that the team would take the most promising rookie from a season ago, and switch his position for the third time in his life. From college defensive end to inside linebacker, to outside linebacker, back to inside linebacker. But to Moats, he understands knowing more than just one position is better for him.
"The more you can do the better you're going to be in this league. So the fact that I have the possibility to play inside, I'm better mentally at it. It's definitely a positive thing."
After one of the training camp sessions, head coach Chan Gailey was asked about the switch for Moats and his reasons for doing so. The usually tight-lipped coach was surprisingly candid.
"One, I thought we had some good outside prospects," remarked Gailey. "Two, I thought we wanted another good young prospect inside. And three, at 6-foot-0, he would never be the prototypical guy outside, so he has a better chance to be an impact guy probably on the inside than he does on the outside."
Maybe it was due to the 132-day NFL Lockout, but the second-year player was in for a surprise upon arrival at St. John Fisher College for training camp.
"I didn't realize I was going to be inside until I got to training camp," Moats said. "Opened up my playbook and it says inside linebacker. I'm like, 'Utoh.'"
Despite the unforseen change to his on-the-field persona, it's a move that the now inside linebacker seems to be fairly confident with stemming from his one year in the league.
"I'm definitely more comfortable this year with the changes because I've played outside and I knew the coverages better, so that's going to help me out a lot," Moats asserted. "You've got to adapt with it."
Now, this could all presumably change come August 4 when the newly signed inside linebacker Nick Barnett is allowed to practice with the team. If and when there comes a day that the Bills need Moats to move back outside and get after the passer like he's done all throughout college, then he'll be ready to do just that.
"They already know what I can do outside so if that's how it comes where I need to be outside, they know what I can do," Moats stated. "I can make that move easy. But the thing is for me to learn this position."
Moats is joined by Barnett, Andra Davis, Reggie Torbor, Kelvin Sheppard and Chris White as immediate competition in a fairly crowded inside linebackers unit.