Spikes aims to boost Bills run defense

C.J. Spiller, Brandon Spikes, Joe Vellano

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Bills’ latest free agent splash could have an instant impact on the team’s run defense.

Brandon Spikes, the former Patriots middle linebacker, is known as a strong run stuffer. He says, he can give the Bills a big boost in that category.

“I actually saw there were like seven games where they gave up over 150 yards on the ground and I want to come and help them out,” Spikes said in a conference call Monday. “That’s one of my strengths, against the run, and I feel like I can help. Whatever they need me to do I am willing to do and I will do it at a high level.”

Spikes is the cousin of former Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes, and will wear the same #51 on the field. Brandon made sure his cousin weighed in, before he signed with Buffalo.

He just told me there is no other fan base like it. I love that about it, I love a place with a lot of tradition. I just remember being a little boy and watching Thurman Thomas and (Jim) Kelly. I just want to bring that back, it’s been a long time and I want to bring that type of mentality and that mindset and toughness. That old school ball, that just relentless effort,” said Spikes.

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