Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix knows the popular opinion regarding his team’s linebackers is that it needs better ones.

Nix, however, disagrees.

“I think we’ve got some talent there, and a lot more than people think,” he said. “We’ll know more with this group after we get through” organized team activities.

Chief among those players Nix was referring to is second-year veteran Nigel Bradham.

“I think he’s a great fit for what we’re doing, because he can fly. He can run,” Nix said. “He’s a guy that the closer he gets to the ball, the faster he gets. He likes to play. He was an excellent special teams guy.

“I would think that he’ll have a good year.”

Bradham knows a lot more will be expected of him in his second season.

“Nobody’s going to be harder on myself than me,” he said after the Bills conducted their first voluntary minicamp practice. “The mentality that I have, come out here, do anything I can to make the team better in any way I possibly can. That’s the attitude I have to take, to come out here and get better every day and just live up to the potential and expectations that I have.”

Bradham had a solid, if unspectacular, rookie season. Playing as a strong-side linebacker, he appeared in all 16 games, starting the last 11, and finished with 47 tackles. Only one of those went for a loss, however, and Bradham did not have any interceptions or forced fumbles.

He hopes moving back to weak-side linebacker will help to make him more of a playmaker.

“It’s definitely more comfortable,” he said. “You’ve been at a position your whole life. You’ve got a certain feel for it. You’ve just got natural ability at it, some things that can’t be really coached and just natural instincts over there on the weak side for me that I have.”

Bradham described last year as one of “adversity.” He made it clear the new coaching staff led by Doug Marrone and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was a nice change.

“Definitely more enthusiastic. It’s like an energy atmosphere, kind of like a young feel,” he said. “Everybody’s hyped. Everybody is in to it together – from coaches to players. Any time you have an atmosphere like that it’s pretty much just have fun, and enjoy yourself while you’re out here.

“I see myself fitting in well. I feel like the scheme is really good for me, as far as where I can use my speed, my ability to cover and pretty much be able to get some big plays and big hits on some guys this season. I felt like the scheme fits me pretty well as an overall linebacker.”