BUFFALO, N.Y. -- How do you replace a three-time Pro Bowl Safety?
That is the question the Bills are faced with after Jairus Byrd flew out of Buffalo to nest with the New Orleans Saints this off-season.
The best way to see into the future is to look at the past. Aaron Williams and Da'Norris Searcy started at the back end of the secondary to start last season while Byrd was injured. Williams is a lock to stay in the starting role, but his side-kick is certainly up in the air.
Searcy started seven games in total in 2013. His shining moment came when he had an interception returned for a touchdown at home against the Jets. He saw plenty of time with the first-team defense through OTA's and Minicamp.
But second-year man Duke Williams also ran with the first-team defense. A fourth round pick a year ago, Williams saw very limited action as a rookie, even when Byrd was out.
A wild card in the mix is free agent acquisition Corey Graham. Fresh off a career-year with the Ravens, Graham's been brought in to play both cornerback and safety.
New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has said everyone is starting with a clean slate, meaning the safety spot next to Aaron Williams is truly up for grabs.