ORCHARD PARK NY - NOVEMBER 28: Paul Posluszny #51 of the Buffalo Bills tips a pass from Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 28 2010 in Orchard Park New York. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
When the Jacksonville Jaguars make their trip to Buffalo, New York to take on the Buffalo Bills in their third preseason game on Saturday, it will be somewhat of a homecoming for linebacker Paul Posluszny. As we know, Posluszny was drafted by the Bills 34th overall (2nd round) in 2007 and was supposed to be their long-term fixture at middle linebacker for years to come. Unfortunately for Posluszny, he suffered some arm injuries and missed a lot of time, but also got caught in a defensive scheme switch.
"They went out and drafted me, they wanted me to be there - I wanted to live up to everything that they thought I was," Posluszny said of the Bills drafting him.
Three games into the 2007 season, Posluszny broke his arm and was put on injured reserve. He bounced back in 2008, but in 2009 found himself on the sidelines again breaking the same arm. In 2010, the Bills made the switch to a 3-4 defense that saw Posluszny playing inside linebacker, where he clearly didn't fit well.
Part of the reason Posluszny came to the Jaguars was for the money, for the opportunity to play in a 4-3 again, but also because he felt wanted. The Bills did attempt to keep Posluszny, but he just felt like Jacksonville was the right fit.
"It's going to be weird being on the other sideline," Posluszny said Monday night on Jaguars Total Access. "I'm still friends with a lot of those guys, especially on the defensive side of the ball."
I'm sure Posluszny won't have any qualms about reuniting with his former quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, or runningbacks C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. I'm not so sure however, they'll be as excited to see him.