The Buffalo Bills defense is in flux, with their biggest free agent signing in years recovering from a major knee injury, arguably their most important backfield player now a Chicago Bear, and their defensive coordinator taking a year off from football leaving defensive play-calling duties (at least for the time-being) to head coach Sean McDermott.
The Bills have options on their roster to replace Tremaine Edmunds, though to expect any available option to play to the level that Edmunds did last year is foolish. They brought back Jordan Poyer, and added Taylor Rapp to fortify their backfield. However, they still have significant questions on their defensive line.
With Ed Oliver, DaQuan Jones, Tim Settle, and the newly re-signed Jordan Phillips, the Bills appear to be set at Defensive Tackle. However, they have a glaring hole at defensive end with Shaq Lawson a free agent, and Von Miller rehabbing from an ACL reconstruction.
Miller’s situation in particular should be a cause of concern for the Bills and their fans as we approach the 2023 NFL Draft. While the Bills knew that a big-ticket addition in free agency this offseason was unlikely given their own crop of free agents and their salary cap situation, the current state of their Defensive End position in particular is concerning.
For a team with Super Bowl aspirations to enter the season with questions surrounding the piece that was supposed to put them over the top, and to not address those concerns through free agency or trade puts the Bills in a potentially precarious situation as we look to next year.
With that in mind, let’s examine four specific areas of concern surrounding Von Miller and his injury: