Ranking the Buffalo Bills most important ‘Newcomers’ entering playoffs

Heading into the 2023 playoffs, the Bills most important players are pretty obvious. But which new Bills can have the greatest impact on the team's Super Bowl aspirations as they enter Sunday's opening matchup against the Steelers?

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4. O'Cyrus Torrence/Connor McGovern

This season, right guard O'Cyrus Torrence has started in all seventeen games after being drafted in the second round of the 2023 draft. While he's looked like a rookie at times, he's been an upgrade over the Bills starting guards from last season and he's shown flashes of great potential.

As for Connor McGovern, he's also provided an upgrade over the Bills starting left guard from last season after he signed a 3-year deal with the Bills last spring.

If Steelers superstar edge rusher T.J. Watt wasn't ruled out for Sunday's game, this pairing may have been higher on this list. But that doesn't let them off the hook, protecting Josh Allen is the most important job in Western New York during the playoffs — and it doesn't matter who's lined up across from the Bills offensive line.

A huge part of Buffalo's success down the stretch comes from its offensive line. Not only did they ignite a rushing attack that gained 266 yards in a Week 14 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, but Allen was the least sacked quarterback in the NFL during the regular season.

The Bills offensive line will have their hands full this weekend, regardless of Watt's status. And if they win, there will be more dominant defensive fronts where that came from.