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    'X'-factor for 2022

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    After working hard through the course of his first NFL offseason, second-year pass rusher Greg Rousseau is looking to make a bigger and more consistent impact for Buffalo defense this fall. He's added more lean muscle mass to his frame and he's also learning at the elbow of veteran pass rusher and teammate Von Miller.

    Perhaps that's why Bleacher Report in their listing of 'X'-factor players for each of the NFL's 32 teams chose Rousseau for the Bills. Here was their assessment.

    The Buffalo Bills had the league's No. 1 defense last year in terms of both yards and points per game allowed. However, they lost their sacks leader from last season, Mario Addison, who signed with the Houston Texans in free agency.

    That ramps up the pressure on second-year edge-rusher Gregory Rousseau to become the player whom the Bills thought they were getting when they drafted him 30th overall in 2021.

    Rousseau showed flashes as a rookie, finishing with four sacks (tied for second on the team). However, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier told reporters that Rousseau hit the proverbial "rookie wall" last season.
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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    I expect Rousseau to take a big leap.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    We expected Epenesa to make a big leap in year #2. He didn't. Let's hope this is the case with Rousseau. At least the Bills will have teams paying more attention to the other side with Miller there. Maybe that will take some pressure off Rousseau. I'm not sure Jerry Hughes was scaring anyone last season. Hence the change there.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Bills are watching Rousseau, Bashahm and Epenesa closely, which is no surprise.

    3 new guys in the middle with Jones, Settle and Phillips. Oliver should benefit but can Miller help the 3 young guys outside with technique, in addition to the coaching ? Weight room and dedication to putting in the work. I'm sure the 3 young DE's were given a plan to follow the day after this past season ended. All know they must step forward. Looking forward to watching the D improve.
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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by swiper View Post
    We expected Epenesa to make a big leap in year #2. He didn't. Let's hope this is the case with Rousseau. At least the Bills will have teams paying more attention to the other side with Miller there. Maybe that will take some pressure off Rousseau. I'm not sure Jerry Hughes was scaring anyone last season. Hence the change there.
    I was just about to say the same thing. Every year during mini-camp/OTA's, these articles come out about someone. Sometimes they're right, sometimes they're wrong. That's why I never put much stock in them. Sometimes, a guy actually looks improved out there and it gives the sportswriters a story during a slow time of year. Other times, they need a story during a slow time of year, so they take a guy who made a couple of nice plays and talk him up.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    X-factor? More splash plays from a certain first rounder currently well overpaid.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Every. Thread.

    Give it a rest, already.

    Anyway, I think Epenesa flashed a bit late last season and as much as people expected a lot from him, he was still getting used to his new body. I think this is the year we see some push toward double digit sacks for him. I still think Rousseau is too raw and lacks suddenness. He's going to have to ditch the finesse and get more aggressive with his hands if he wants to get to double digits. He's big enough to kick a RT's ass until they just wear out.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by swiper View Post
    We expected Epenesa to make a big leap in year #2. He didn't. Let's hope this is the case with Rousseau. At least the Bills will have teams paying more attention to the other side with Miller there. Maybe that will take some pressure off Rousseau. I'm not sure Jerry Hughes was scaring anyone last season. Hence the change there.
    Maybe Epenesa finally breaks out like he was expected to last season ..... either way we improved the odds for success by picking up Miller.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    The “X-factor” is probably going to be Ed Oliver who has shown welcome advancement in 2021, and could flourish to one of the best IDL in the NFL with Von Miller on the line.

    In any event, it is going to be very exciting to see how the presence of Von Miller, and the almost complete revamping of the D-line is going to play out in 2022.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by notacon View Post
    The “X-factor” is probably going to be Ed Oliver who has shown welcome advancement in 2021, and could flourish to one of the best IDL in the NFL with Von Miller on the line.

    In any event, it is going to be very exciting to see how the presence of Von Miller, and the almost complete revamping of the D-line is going to play out in 2022.
    Oliver could have an exceptional year!

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Oliver with Settle or Jones next to him and Miller on the defense (not sure where they have him slated to play)...
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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    This defense will be improved!!!!

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobylal View Post
    Oliver with Settle or Jones next to him and Miller on the defense (not sure where they have him slated to play)...
    The history of Von Miller has almost always been on the edge. He has been used more like a DE. There is no reasons to belive the Bills will change that.

    It’s easy to predict that the Bills will stay with their 4-2-5 defense, with rotation on the D-line. Although I expect Oliver to have an increase in his snap count as compared to the last few years.

    The Bills have not had a DT with over 60% of the snap count since Kyle Williams:

    2018 - 64.69%
    2017 - 68.23%
    2016 - 74.14%

    Oliver may get close to Kyle’s 2018 count in 2022.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by notacon View Post
    The history of Von Miller has almost always been on the edge. He has been used more like a DE. There is no reasons to belive the Bills will change that.

    It’s easy to predict that the Bills will stay with their 4-2-5 defense, with rotation on the D-line. Although I expect Oliver to have an increase in his snap count as compared to the last few years.

    The Bills have not had a DT with over 60% of the snap count since Kyle Williams:

    2018 - 64.69%
    2017 - 68.23%
    2016 - 74.14%

    Oliver may get close to Kyle’s 2018 count in 2022.
    Oliver will flourish with the surrounding talent .... BIG YEAR coming.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by notacon View Post
    The history of Von Miller has almost always been on the edge. He has been used more like a DE. There is no reasons to belive the Bills will change that.

    It’s easy to predict that the Bills will stay with their 4-2-5 defense, with rotation on the D-line. Although I expect Oliver to have an increase in his snap count as compared to the last few years.

    The Bills have not had a DT with over 60% of the snap count since Kyle Williams:

    2018 - 64.69%
    2017 - 68.23%
    2016 - 74.14%

    Oliver may get close to Kyle’s 2018 count in 2022.
    You never know. I can envision him as a Lorenzo Alexander type, who they had starting with Edmunds and Milano back in 2018.

    As for Oliver, he's undersized for a DT. I doubt they increase his snaps much.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobylal View Post
    You never know. I can envision him as a Lorenzo Alexander type, who they had starting with Edmunds and Milano back in 2018.

    As for Oliver, he's undersized for a DT. I doubt they increase his snaps much.
    Huh??? What in the world are you talking about???? Oliver had a fairly big breakout year in 2021 He may reach superstar status in 2022 with Von Miller on the edge.

    The idea that he is " undersized for a DT.” (which looks like attempt at trying to denigrate him) is silly beyond comprehension.

    Ed Oliver is 6’1” 287 lbs.
    Aaron Donald is 6’1” 280 Lbs.

    Are you saying that "
    As for Donald, he's undersized for a DT. I doubt they increase his snaps much.”?!?!? Donald had 89.51% of defensive snaps for LA Rams in 2021 so I guess it’s reasonable that they own; t increase for 2022 because they were already very high....much higher that nay Bills D-lineman.

    Are you seriously saying that because he’s almost exactly the same size as Aaron Donald, you doubt they won’t increases his snap count that much from 57.79% in 2021 to over 65% in 2022??!?

    Really???


    Miller is an edge rusher. And that’s how he will be used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goobylal View Post
    You never know. I can envision him as a Lorenzo Alexander type, who they had starting with Edmunds and Milano back in 2018.

    As for Oliver, he's undersized for a DT. I doubt they increase his snaps much.
    Huh??? What in the world are you talking about???? Oliver had a fairly big breakout year in 2021 He may reach superstar status in 2022 with Von Miller on the edge.

    The idea that he is " undersized for a DT.” (which looks like attempt at trying to denigrate him) is silly beyond comprehension.

    Ed Oliver is 6’1” 287 lbs.
    Aaron Donald is 6’1” 280 Lbs.

    Are you saying that "
    As for Donald, he's undersized for a DT. I doubt they increase his snaps much.”?!?!? Donald had 89.51% of defensive snaps for LA Rams in 2021 so I guess it’s reasonable that they own; t increase for 2022 because they were already very high....much higher that nay Bills D-lineman.

    Are you seriously saying that because he’s almost exactly the same size as Aaron Donald, you doubt they won’t increases his snap count that much from 57.79% in 2021 to over 65% in 2022??!?

    Really???


    Miller is an edge rusher. And that’s how he will be used.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by notacon View Post
    Huh??? What in the world are you talking about???? Oliver had a fairly big breakout year in 2021 He may reach superstar status in 2022 with Von Miller on the edge.

    The idea that he is " undersized for a DT.” (which looks like attempt at trying to denigrate him) is silly beyond comprehension.

    Ed Oliver is 6’1” 287 lbs.
    Aaron Donald is 6’1” 280 Lbs.

    Are you saying that "
    As for Donald, he's undersized for a DT. I doubt they increase his snaps much.”?!?!? Donald had 89.51% of defensive snaps for LA Rams in 2021 so I guess it’s reasonable that they own; t increase for 2022 because they were already very high....much higher that nay Bills D-lineman.

    Are you seriously saying that because he’s almost exactly the same size as Aaron Donald, you doubt they won’t increases his snap count that much from 57.79% in 2021 to over 65% in 2022??!?

    Really???


    Miller is an edge rusher. And that’s how he will be used.
    Aaron Donald is a freak. I had hoped Oliver would be similar and maybe he will be. But as I said in the other thread, McD/Frazier like to rotate their DL to keep them fresh.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobylal View Post
    Aaron Donald is a freak. I had hoped Oliver would be similar and maybe he will be. But as I said in the other thread, McD/Frazier like to rotate their DL to keep them fresh.
    It’s irrelevant that Donald is a “freak”. The point is that like many positions, the body type and skill set is changing in the NFL. For D-lineman, speed and quickness is valued. Not that big bodied run stoppers are still not desirable. Smart team (like the Bills) want both.

    Oliver is not “undersized”. He is the size appropriate for the type of lineman the Bills wanted and why they drafted him.

    Yes, "McD/Frazier like to rotate their DL to keep them fresh.”, but as Oliver develops into a superstar, the likelihood that his snap count will increase is easy to predict, and I believe it will rise to around 65%.

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    Re: 'X'-factor for 2022

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    Looking forward to watching the D improve.
    Same here!

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