4 Defensive line combinations the Buffalo Bills could deploy in 2021

Sep 27, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) rushes Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) as offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (79) blocks in the first quarter of a game at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) rushes Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) as offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (79) blocks in the first quarter of a game at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports /
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Defensive Ends: Gregory Rousseau, Darryl Johnson

Defensive Tackles: Ed Oliver, Carlos Basham Jr.

This final combination is probably the most fun to think about as this should be the grouping that will generate the most pressure on quarterbacks and result in the most sacks. This group should be on the field in clear passing situations, like 3rd and long, that can get pressure quick on a quarterback and not allow him time in the pocket to make the throw.

At defensive end, I have Gregory Rousseau and Darryl Johnson, who primarily will play on special teams but does have quickness that can help him put pressure on the quarterback. As for Rousseau, he is a player that may not get to the quarterback right away but he can finish the sack when the pocket starts to break down.

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On the interior is Ed Oliver, who can use his power and quickness to create push up the middle that will stop the quarterback from stepping up into the pocket. Alongside him, I have Carlos Basham Jr., who will primarily play defensive end but at 6’3″ and 285 pounds he has enough size to compete with interior offensive linemen. He would be similar to Oliver in a disruptive force by creating pressure up the middle.