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Can Merriman save Bills' feeble pass rush?

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills were attracted to outside linebacker Shawne Merriman because they are the NFL's worst team when it comes to blitzing.

They are so bad, they don't bother to try much. ESPN Stats & Information notes the Bills have sent five or more rushers on only 20.1 percent of opponents' pass plays. That's the third-lowest percentage in the league.

And when they do, here are some stats with their league rank:

  • Passer rating: 132.0 (32nd).

  • Touchdowns by attempt: 15 percent (32nd).

  • Yards per attempt: 8.7 (31st).

  • Sacks: four (tied for 25th).

"As we have said many times before, we are constantly evaluating our roster and will do things that we feel can improve our team," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said in a statement.

"He has been an impact player in a 3-4 defense, and we feel this is a good opportunity to make our team better."