What about Harrison Phillips?
The injury bug struck the Bills again during the 2019 season for defensive tackle Harrison Phillips as he also was not able to finish out the season due to an injury.
With the defensive tackle position most likely needing a player to step in while Ed Oliver potentially has to serve a suspension, Phillips may be in the mix to take over.
Phillips was one of the central defensive players in the Bills front four early last season. Having his rookie season behind him, Phillips was embarking on what should have been one of his most productive seasons. Coming off a rookie season where he didn’t start a game but managed to record 35 combined tackles, the potential is there for Phillips.
He suffered a torn ACL during the team’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals early in the season. At the time, this was a huge blow to the team as Phillips played with the same vigor as Bills legend Kyle Williams did. Like Williams, Phillips is a huge body with immense explosiveness who also knows how to shake off a block or two. Getting him back this season is going to give the Bills just weapon to again have one of the most dominant fronts in the league. The question remains though, just exactly how will he be used?
Returning this season at defensive tackle will be Star Lotulelei and Ed Oliver. The two, along with Phillips, are the only returning Buffalo Bills who had played in 2019. Coming into the program are free agents: Vincent Taylor, Vernon Butler and potentially Quinton Jefferson depending on where he lines up. Where Phillips will be playing is still undecided as there also lies the option of substituting 2020 draft pick, A.J. Epenesa in at defensive tackle while Oliver is out.