It was a position group that was re-fortified more than any other on the roster this past offseason. While those efforts were partly in response to a pair of free agent departures, Buffalo’s front office, led by GM Brandon Beane, has proven to be very nimble in re-stocking the cupboard on the Bills defensive line. Whether it was experienced NFL free agents in the form of Mario Addison, Vernon Butler and Quinton Jefferson or promising youth in the form of A.J. Epenesa, Buffalo defensive front is arguably the deepest unit the Bills have had up front in more than a decade.
And while depth has its value for defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who rotates up to eight defensive linemen a game quite liberally, perhaps the most valuable asset is the group’s versatility. Several of the nine defensive linemen on the roster have demonstrated an ability to play multiple positions along the front.
“You’d like to be able to constantly present matchup problems for an offensive line or for a protection philosophy,” said new defensive line coach Eric Washington, who called a similar scheme in Carolina as defensive coordinator in 2018.
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