5 Buffalo Bills players that surprised most of us in 2023

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Ed Oliver - Interior defensive line

Simply put....wow! What a performance Ed Oliver has given the Bills, another player that the coaching staff believed in when the rest of the fan base did not. He was given a new contract extension last offseason, and he has far and away outplayed that contract already. Many debated whether the Bills should have resigned Tremaine Edmunds and let Oliver walk but thank goodness the coaching staff is smarter than the rest of us. Oliver was one I was looking for the team to trade to create some space and gain additional draft capital.

This was one of those that I was massively wrong on. Oliver finished the year with 51 total tackles and per Pro Football Focus, he finished with 11 sacks. (PFF doesn't count half sacks). Per ESPN, he finished with 9.5. He also had 65 total pressures and he earned a pass-rush grade of 74.6.