Improved Defensive Line
Another reason as to why Ed Oliver will make a Pro Bowl in 2020 is due to the fact that the overall quality of Buffalo’s defensive line has improved.
For the first time since the “Cold Front” era, the Buffalo Bills now has a truly formidable defensive front. Though last season they were effective in the pass rush, they lacked at stopping the run in some cases. Their most notable game where they lacked run-stopping efficiency was against the Philadelphia Eagles where the unit gave up a total of 218 rushing yards on the day.
With the ability to stuff the run as well as generate sacks in the passing game, the Buffalo Bills’ front four will gain a lot of attention. With the attention, teams will have to game plan for the entirety of Buffalo’s unit, not selecting a single play to double team or focus solely on one person during their game planning.
In theory, this would allow each player on the line to essentially focus on their task and their task only. Defensive tackles would not have to worry about what happens when the ball is bounced to the outside and tracking down the play. The same can be said about the defensive ends and having to try clog up the middle when that is the defensive tackle’s responsibility.
With all four players on the defensive line doing their job to the best of their ability, it will allow for Oliver to channel what made him successful at Houston and be the All-American player that the Bills know he can be.
With all of those four players working on their task and focusing on what they need to do each and every play, this will spawn big plays for each player on the line of which Oliver will capitalize on, earning him a Pro Bowl nod in 2020.