Buffalo Bills: 5 defensive players who could break out in 2023

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1.) Greg Rousseau - Defensive End

The third-year edge rusher who was a first round pick in 2021 is entering a crucial year of his rookie contract. This season will determine if the Bills pick up a fifth-year option and put him as part of the Buffalo Bills long-term future.

Rousseau played fairly well as a rookie in 2021, racking up 50 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 pass deflections, and 1 interception. Last season, playing opposite Von Miller, Rousseau recorded 37 tackles and 8 sacks. Rousseau is expected to shine and show that he can be a future edge rusher for the Bills defense. 

Miller now will not only have the veteran presence of Miller but Leonard Floyd as well. While Rousseau has not been a wrecking machine, he does have a good bull rush with his long arms to create pressure.

Being part of a rotation of the Buffalo Bills, Rousseau will be able to recover and create pressure at full strength. Expect Rousseau to take a step forward in 2023 because he knows that a payday could be in his near future.