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Alonso making the adjustment

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It's been so far, so good for Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. The second round pick seems to be making a smooth adjustment to the pro game.

After just four practices, Alonso began taking some first team reps at middle linebacker this week. He was highly productive at that position for Oregon, with 74 tackles and two interceptions, and Bills coaches are believing in his ability to lead the Buffalo D now.

"I shouldn't say that anything is easy or you can get anyone off the street to do it, but I have not seen a problem at all with the adjustment for him being able to do that. That started early on, when we first had the voluntary rookie mini-camp. He's handled things quite well," said head coach Doug Marrone.

"He's NFL ready. He understands a lot of the concepts we're playing. They played a lot of them in college, and from a physical standpoint, it's hard in shorts to get a feel for it. He's off to a good start. It's a lot to absorb. We're pleased with the start he's had and have high expectations for him," said defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

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