Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine told BuffaloBills.com that they plan on using Mark Anderson as a situational pass rusher as he works his way back from a knee injury he suffered lat season as he learns a new defense.
“I think we’ll start with third down for Mark and work our way backwards,” said Pettine. ”I think when he’s healthy he can be an elite pass rusher. His body of work is evidence of that. Here’s a guy that as much as maybe he wants to rush the passer he has value on early downs as well.
“With (outside linebackers) coach (Jim) O’Neil he’s done a good job of buying in. He could think to himself that he’s a designated pass rusher and doesn’t need to sink his teeth into the playbook and the rest of our stuff. But that hasn’t been the case. He’s making the effort to learn it and there will be times in packages on first and second down where he’s out there as one of our edge players.”