Buffalo Bills: Breaking down potential defensive line combinations in 2020

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – SEPTEMBER 08: Defensive End Darryl Johnson #92 of the Buffalo Bills in action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 8, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills have one of the deepest defensive lines in the NFL and with that comes a number of different combinations they can utilize this coming season.

One of the top focuses for the Buffalo Bills front office was clearly adding talent to the defensive line. While they lost Jordan Phillips and Shaq Lawson in free agency, they replaced them with Quinton Jefferson, Vernon Butler and Mario Addison. They also used their second round pick on defensive end A.J. Epenesa.

It was surprising that the Bills added so many players on the defensive line because this group was already pretty talented. The Bills had three former first round picks with Star Lotulelei, Jerry Hughes and Ed Oliver but now the coaching staff has some impressive depth and versatility that will allow them to get creative with their defensive line.

The Buffalo Bills base defense under Sean McDermott has been a 4-3 defense but the Bills use a lot of nickel formations as well. However, with the depth the team has on the defensive line they can create mismatches by give opposing offenses a number of different looks along the line.

These are some of the different defensive line combinations the Buffalo Bills could use this upcoming season.

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