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September 5, 2012

'Super' Mario eager to make Bills debut vs. Jets

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That has a great potential to change. A week after signing Williams three days into free agency, the Bills added another pass-rushing specialist, defensive end Mark Anderson a week later.
In making the switch to a 4-3 defensive system, the line is anchored by tackles Kyle Williams, who has looked rejuvenated after having season-ending foot surgery, and Marcell Dareus, who is coming off a solid rookie season.
The line showed glimpses of its havoc-creating potential during Buffalo's third preseason game against Pittsburgh. Dareus and Kyle Williams twice collapsed the pocket to flush quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was then sacked by Mario Williams.
"It's a little spooky," Dareus said of how well the line worked, because it makes him even more eager to start the season. "This is where we make the money. This is what they pay us the big bucks for. They made a great investment on the front four, and I'm pretty sure we won't disappoint them."
Expectations are certainly high in Buffalo as a result of Super Mario, who's addition was regarded as a sign of how serious the Bills are in their bid to end a 12-year playoff drought — the NFL's longest active streak. Williams was selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft by Houston. In six seasons with the Texans, Williams was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and set the franchise record with 53 sacks.
And he returns healthy after missing the final 11 games of last season with a chest injury, while also driven to make a good impression in making his debut.
"I really don't get nervous, but it does feel like my rookie year all over again," Williams said. "I'm pretty sure it'll be a little bit of anxiety, but it'll be fine."

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