Spikes, Dixon newest additions in Buffalo

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm •  Published: March 15, 2014
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Running back Anthony Dixon is looking forward to carving a role for himself in Buffalo's talented backfield and teaming up with Buffalo's most significant free-agent addition, linebacker Brandon Spikes.

Both players agreed to terms on free-agent deals with the Bills late Friday night.

Last night I was telling him I was coming and we need leaders, you need to come," Dixon said on a conference call Saturday afternoon.

"He signed too, so that is great. I'm a big fan of Spikes and we both are from the SEC so I've known about him. Now I'm just excited to get to work with him too."

Dixon and Spikes are the fifth and sixth free agents to sign in Buffalo in what has been a busy start to free agency. Spikes, however, is the most intriguing addition of them all.

Joining the Bills on a one-year contract, Spikes gives the Bills a physical, imposing presence in the middle of their defense. The 26-year-old is known for his ability to stop the run, addressing one of Buffalo's weakest areas from last season. Spikes had 86 tackles and one forced fumble last season in New England, his fourth with the Patriots.

The Bills finished 28th in the league against the run in 2013, allowing an average of 128.9 yards rushing per game. The defense is undergoing a transition under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who is taking over for Mike Pettine. Pettine left Buffalo after one season to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

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