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Reggie Ragland: "A complete player"

The biggest unknown was whether Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland could cover receivers in the NFL. Those questions are being answered.

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Reggie Ragland, long doubted for his ability to cover in the passing game, has shown the Bills that he's more than a pass rusher or a run-stuffer. Through drills this week, Ragland has been in one-on-ones, seven-on-sevens, and individual pass drills, and he is passing with flying colors.

Said Bill HC Rex Ryan:

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"I really like the way he is (covering). I think he’s a complete player. That’s what you saw on tape and that’s what he is here. He can blitz, he can hit, he can stuff the run, and I think he’s good in pass defense. He understands it. I think everybody’s question is when you see a guy’s 40 time. But there’s players in this league that…they just know how to play. It might not be the fastest guy. But somebody with speed that doesn’t have the instincts and awareness of others sometimes doesn’t play as fast as maybe a guy that can’t run a 40. But I said before, I don’t think that was a negative about Reggie, his cover skills."

Ragland will undoubtedly be tested in the passing game as the season starts, but, as we saw last season with Arkansas' Hunter Henry, just because coverage skills aren't the most heralded part of his game, neither does that mean that they are lacking either.