After participating in only six games with two different teams, former Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford looks to make an impact with a revitalized Buffalo Bills team.
The Bills had a clearing of the house last season and during this offseason. Buffalo fired then-head coach Rex Ryan one game prior to its final regular season matchup as well as general manager Doug Whaley, player-personnel director Jim Monos and adviser Kelvin Fisher.
Since then, the Bills have hired Sean McDermott as head coach, who was previously with the Carolina Panthers as a defensive coordinator, and Brandon Beane, who was also with the Panthers as an assistant general manager last season.
Besides the front office, Buffalo has made numerous defensive acquisitions this offseason on defense. Before acquiring Bradford, the team agreed to terms with linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. Among the acquisitions, Bradford adds more depth to Buffalo’s roster as a linebacker that can fill in when called upon.
Though his inexperience in the NFL could be seen as a hindrance to teams, Buffalo had other thoughts.
His experience at weak side linebacker gives him an advantage among other defenders, though Buffalo’s defensive scheme has different tactics then what Bradford is used to.
In his tenure at Arizona State, Bradford collected 154 total tackles (110 of them solo) and 21.5 sacks (11.5 in 2012). The California native also forced six fumbles in his career as a Sun Devil.
Currently, Bradford is listed as a No. 4 player on Buffalo’s depth chart at middle linebacker. Whether he breaks through the pack and acquires higher priority remains to be seen as Alexander, Max Valles and Ian Seau are ahead of him.