The Buffalo Bills have announced today that they have agreed to terms with linebacker Brandon Spikes on a one-year deal.
Brandon Spikes last played in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills in 2014, where he and the Bills defense finished 4th in the league.
Spikes brings 340 career tackles, 15 pass breakups, two interceptions, six forced fumbles, and two sacks to a Bills line-backing crew that is looking for answers. With the uncertainty around Reggie Ragland’s knee, the Bills may be preparing for the worst with the signing of Brandon Spikes.
However, if Ragland is to miss a chunk of the regular season, Spikes would be able to step into the line-up alongside Preston Brown in the middle of the Bills defense. Spikes is a very good run defender who brings physicality, leadership, and toughness. His biggest weakness is his pass coverage, but with the presence of the athletic, coverage linebacker Zach Brown, Spikes wouldn’t be asked to stay on the field on passing downs.
At the end of the day, signing Brandon Spikes is definitely a good move to shore up the line-backing core. It’s not good that a signing like this came after a supposed starter went down with an injury. At the very least, Spikes will be a spot starter and provide depth to the team.
With the team dealing with several key injuries, any player with the experience of Brandon Spikes would be a welcoming addition. The team is lacking depth in many area’s. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Bills bring in more players for a possible tryout in the coming weeks. Let’s hope these recent injuries to not only Ragland, but Cordy Glenn, Sammy Watkins, Aaron Williams, Kyle Williams, and Seantrel Henderson (illness), can recover from their setbacks and be fully healthy for the regular season.
Bills camp will be a situation worth monitoring for the next several weeks.
**UPDATE: Bills also sign LB David Hawthorne to a one-year deal. Hawthorne is 31 years old and played in New Orleans under Rob Ryan. He has 595 career tackles and 12 sacks in eight seasons.**
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