Harrison Phillips would have big shoes to fill even if he wasn’t coming off a major injury. Star Lotulelei, who has opted out of the 2020 season, was the biggest, space-eating, run plugger on the Bills’ defensive line last season. But the fact Phillips tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 22 adds more intrigue to the prospects for the Bills’ run defense.

“I went against our starting offensive line – Mitch Morse and Quinton Spain and Cody (Ford) and these guys coming down on hard double teams in live periods,” Phillips said. “And the knees came out perfectly fine. I never had to miss a day due to swelling or pain or anything like that. So the confidence in the body is there. I’ll still need to break off some rust. I’ve only played one month pretty much of football and I was off for a whole year. So there’s still going to be a learning curve. And I anticipate that from Game 1 to Games 16, 17, 18, 19, I’m going to be a better player as the season goes on. But, definitely, my confidence is up.”

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