The Buffalo Bills released defensive end Marcus Stroud after being ineffective last year, along with due to make $4.5 million in base salary.
His departure means that there will be some shuffling along the defensive line.
The move creates a vacancy at the left defensive end position that some feel will possibly be filled by defensive ends Alex Carrington or Spencer Johnson. However, I don’t think that is the route that they will take.
Most likely the Bills will shift nose tackle Kyle Williams to the left defensive end position as it will allow him to handle one on one blocking most of the time. That should result in more production from Williams in tackles and in sacks.
At the nose tackle position the Bills will most likely have a open competition between nose tackles Torell Troup and Kellen Heard.
To be honest I figured the move was coming sooner or later. The reason being you just don’t use a second round draft pick on someone to ride the bench. Also, Troup and Heard are the more prototypical nose tackles where Williams is a little bit on the light side.
In the end, the defense’s success depends on the development of young players like Troup.