Buffalo Bills: Takeaways from first unofficial depth chart

FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 23: Head coach Sean McDermott of the Buffalo Bills looks on during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 23: Head coach Sean McDermott of the Buffalo Bills looks on during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 04: Ed Oliver #10 of the Houston Cougars celebrates after a tackle in the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at TDECU Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Ed Oliver not with the first string

This is not necessarily a cause for concern but is worth noting that first round pick, Ed Oliver, was listed with the second string. The Bills have Star Lotulelei and Jordan Phillips as their starters at defensive tackle.

It certainly appears the coaching staff is trying to get Ed Oliver to earn his spot in this defense and has been challenging him. He recently has gotten more time with starters but also spoke with head coach Sean McDermott recently that he is not practicing at the level he expects of himself.

These kind of comments are what you want to hear from a first round pick. It is hard to find a player that has this level of self-awareness and this is what will help him reach his potential.

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There is no reason at this point not to expect Ed Oliver being a key contributor for the Buffalo Bills’ defense this year.