Shawne Merriman’s first three years in the NFL were amazing. He put up 37.5 sacks total and earned three All-Pro honors from 2005-07 when playing with the San Diego Chargers.
However, injuries soon got to him, and he hasn't been the same since. Adding to his long list of problems were doping allegations and a little incident with Tila Tequila.
Merriman now serves as a pass-rusher for the Buffalo Bills and, so far, according to Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey, has looked healthy and good.
From the Buffalo News:
“He works hard. He looks quick. He looks healthy. That part of it has been refreshing for us, to see some what of I think we’re going to see is the old Shawne Merriman this year.”
It is possible. Merriman is only 28 years old, so he has some time to improve.
“I feel very good,” Merriman said. “I’m still working out just little things. I’ve not been playing football for a long time and just getting back comfortable with the game. That’s one of my biggest keys, getting comfortable, especially playing a different position as well. I feel pretty good up to this point.”
What do you think of Merriman coming into this season? Can he get past the injury problems?