Buffalo Bills: Predicting the depth chart on defense after free agency

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: Ed Oliver #91 of the Buffalo Bills reacts against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Buffalo Bills Defensive Tackles

Starters: Star Lotulelei, Ed Oliver

Bench: Harrison Phillips, Vernon Butler, Justin Zimmer, Brandin Bryant

Similar to the defensive end position, there isn’t much change at the position outside of the return of one-tech Star Lotulelei. The team’s starter missed last year due to the pandemic but should be a big boost in terms of run defense as well as allowing Ed Oliver to play more three-tech. This should give Oliver a much better chance to break out in his third year in the league.

The depth also is very good here with Harrison Phillips, Vernon Butler, and Justin Zimmer as the primary backups. However, the coaching staff could have a tough decision when they need to start cutting down the roster.

The Bills have typically kept only four defensive tackles on the active roster and if they continue that trend this coming season it means they will need to cut one of those three.