Veteran defensive lineman Kroy Biermann is reportedly signing with the Bills today. Biermann has been in the league for 8 years and has compiled 333 tackles with 23.5 sacks, two interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) and three forced fumbles. He has played in several defenses in Atlanta, from Mike Nolan’s 3-4 defense to Dan Quinn’s 4-3/4-3 under scheme.
Biermann will be a good addition to the Bills roster for three reasons. Obviously his versatility, he can play the defensive end position in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4.
His skills have diminished since tearing his Achilles tendon in 2013, but he still can play an important role for the Bills. The Bills need to find players like Biermann who can rotate in at several positions regardless of what defense Rex is employing. They need a guy that can execute BCR (bootleg, counter, and reverses) responsibilities.
Biermann’s biggest asset would be versus the run. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), run stopping is now his strong suit. Kroy is the strong-side end on this play. Watch the swim move he puts on the tight end. He had 24 stops on defense for the Falcons in 2015, that’s 10 more than Mario had all of last year…
Biermann sets a great edge whether he is in the 4-3 or the 3-4.
Can he still rush the passer? Yeah in spurts, but he won’t create pressure with his explosiveness. He will get at the quarterback because of his motor. In the Bills defense, I could see him playing more of a contain/rush role, almost similar to what he does on this play. That role must be filled by someone who is unselfish and Kroy is that kind of player.
The Falcons typically used him on first and second downs against run type personnel. Biermann only played in 520 snaps in 2015, 277 snaps versus the run, 225 versus the pass and 18 in coverage. Biermann only managed to get 2 sacks, 6 QB hits and 9 QB hurries in limited snaps with Atlanta last year. So at best, he is a role player not a starter.
Here is one of his sacks from 2015.
Kroy lined up on the left side 43% of the time and compiled 9 total pressures (Sacks+QB hit+QB hurries). He aligned on the right side 49% of the time and put together 8 total pressures, so the Bills have a guy that can play the run and rush from either side.
Lastly, Biermann will be looked up to in the locker room as a leader. He is the kind of guy that leads by example and puts in the work. He battled back from a serious injury to lead the Falcons in sacks in 2014, that says a lot about the guy’s work ethic in my book.
I think Biermann is a solid addition to this roster. He adds the type of leadership and work ethic that would rub off on others. Plus, it would give the Bills some more time develop some of the younger defensive ends and edge players currently on the roster. Guys such as Lavar Edwards and Max Valles. Hybrid type of players that the Bills are looking for, are hard to come by.