ORCHARD PARK NY - NOVEMBER 14: Reggie Torbor #50 of the Buffalo Bills tackles Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 14 2010 in Orchard Park New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
As it stands right now, the Buffalo Bills have an awful lot of youth and inexperience at the linebacker position, whether we're talking outside or inside. The team has a group of five players at outside linebacker with a year or less of experience at the position, while inside, rookies Kelvin Sheppard and Chris White are being counted on as immediate producers.
While the Bills wait on that group of youthful talent to develop, veteran linebacker Reggie Torbor will be of vital importance to the defense.
Torbor, signed a year ago (and who will make $950,000 in his contract year in Buffalo), is a seven-year veteran that has experience playing both outside and inside linebacker. Last year with the Bills, he played predominantly outside linebacker, where he accumulated 41 tackles in 10 games before landing on IR with a shoulder injury. In 2011, he projects as a bigger asset inside, where Paul Posluszny isn't a lock to return as a free agent, and also due to the presence of a (hopefully) healthy Shawne Merriman on the edge.
There's nothing remarkable about heady veteran players like Reggie Torbor - but in situations like Buffalo's, these types of players are extremely valuable.