Buffalo Bills defensive line ranked 7th in the NFL

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The Buffalo Bills didn't have anyone reach double-digit sacks last season; however, Von Miller was well on his way and Gregory Rousseau might have hit the mark too if not for Miller's injury and an ankle injury of his own. Heading into the 2023 season, the Bills are healthy, minus Miller, who says he will be ready for Week One, but we'll see.

Pro Football Focus thinks pretty highly of the Bills defensive line though, ranking them seventh in the NFL in their latest defensive line rankings. There is a lot on Rousseau this season to take another step and become that edge rusher that makes others around him better.

"The Buffalo might field the deepest defensive line in the entire NFL, as third-string edge defenders Boogie Basham and A.J. Epenesa could very well start for some NFL teams.

However, the unit’s ceiling depends on how well its best player will perform. Gregory Rousseau still needs some minor improvement to reach the elite level, as he ranked 20th among edge defenders in PFF grade last season, while Von Miller has turned 34 and is coming off a torn ACL."

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One thing that PFF doesn't mention in their piece is the addition of Leonard Floyd and Poona Ford. These two players add more talent and depth to an already excellent line, combined with the likes of DaQuan Jones, Jordan Phillips, and Ed Oliver. I have high expectations for Oliver, and I think head coach Sean McDermott has plans to use him differently than we've seen under defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

If this unit can stay healthy this season, they could be the best defensive line in the NFL and produce a couple of double-digit sack guys. My money is on both Miller and Rousseau to get there in 2023 and lead a dominant pass-rush.

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