Jauron Heaps Praise On Dillon

Corey Dillon

Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron was a guest on Sirius NFL radio this week. With the Bills in the market for a running back to replace Willis McGahee, Jauron talked about the decision to pursue a potential replacement and other factors affecting Buffalo's off-season moves.

When the subject of visiting running backs came up in his segment, Jauron heaped praise on former Patriots running back Corey Dillon. Dillon was expected to pay a visit to the Bills on Thursday, but instead he rescheduled. The Bills had free agent Chris Brown in for a visit as well.

"He runs with a lot of power," said Jauron of Dillon's style. "He can slash through the line and he moves with more speed than you think he has."

"Big" and "powerful" typified the adjectives used by the coach to describe the potential hall-of-famer. Jauron knows the kind of yardage Dillon can gain against a defense when he gets rolling, which is one reason the Bill are interested in obtaining the veteran free agent.

Against the Bills in 2006, Dillon ran for 73 yards on 16 carries in their first meeting, spurring scoring drives in the second half to bring the Patriots back from a 14-7 halftime deficit for a 19-17 victory. In their second contest, the Patriots were just as effective handing the ball to Dillon. He had three carries on the opening drive scoring on an 8-yard blast up the middle to take the early lead. He did the same thing again from 12 yards out to give New England a commanding lead, which in what turned out to be a 28-6 victory.

Although, at this point, Jauron and the Bills aren't sure which direction they'll head in their pursuit of a prime running back. Chris Brown (Titans) was in for a visit and is considered a viable option to Dillon, but the Bills need an impact player.

The possibility remains that Buffalo will turn to the Draft to secure the back they need. Jauron seemed hopeful that the Bills could re-sign Anthony Thomas, especially if they don't convince Dillon to move north. For now, even at 32, Dillon remains the cream of the free agency crop.

"This is a guy who's had a lot of production over his career." Jauron said of Dillon. "He has some thinking to do."

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