Buffalo Bills: 4 players to watch during mandatory minicamp

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Star Lotulelei #98 of the Buffalo Bills is introduced before an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field on December 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Star Lotulelei #98 of the Buffalo Bills is introduced before an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field on December 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
3 of 5
Next
Buffalo Bills
Dec 19, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) is tackled by Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Addison (97) during the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports /

Mario Addison

Another veteran on the defensive line that has been absent through OTAs is defensive end Mario Addison. The Buffalo Bills added Addison last year as a free agent and his first season with the team wasn’t as productive as prior years with the Carolina Panthers. He finished the season with only five sacks, which was the lowest total since 2013.

The defensive end position could look significantly different from last year after the Bills used their first two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft at the position by selecting Gregory Rousseau and Carlos Basham Jr. in the first and second round. After those picks, the thought was that Mario Addison could be a roster cut to create cap space but Brandon Beane essentially ended those rumors by speaking to Addison’s value and the veteran experience he brings to the position.

The team has always rotated at the position pretty frequently so all players are likely to have a role. However, each player’s role is likely to be defined some during minicamp but more during training camp and the preseason.