Buffalo Bills: 4 players who stood out against the Chicago Bears

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – AUGUST 07: A.J. Epenesa #57 of the Buffalo Bills makes his way to the field before training camp at Highmark Stadium on August 7, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

A.J. Epenesa

The Buffalo Bills’ first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft consistently asserted his presence on the field in the first half. A.J. Epenesa was a bulldozer at times exhibiting exceptional strength and pass rush ability.

Epenesa wore the trousers in his first half action against the Bears. He disrupted quarterback Andy Dalton and prevented any scrambling lanes.

The Bills could only benefit from Epenesa developing into a top tier pass rusher.  With the depth and investment on Buffalo’s defensive line, this pass rush should terrify opposing quarterbacks in the upcoming regular season.

Boogie Basham

Buffalo’s second round pick in the ’21 NFL Draft popped on the stat sheet. Basham accounted for three solo tackles, a sack, and a blocked PAT. The penetration and run-stopping ability he demonstrated furnishes Buffalo’s defense with the missing piece from a year ago to their defensive front.

The Bills’ defensive line was upper class on Saturday. Basham effectively rushed the passer and stopped runners for loss on a couple of occasions. He assuredly carved out a role for himself on the defensive line.

Buffalo likes to use a rotation on their defensive front and Basham’s solidity in the trenches could give the Bills just what they drafted come regular-season action.