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A.J. Epenesa was the best Bill on the field in Miami


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If you ever needed an example of how stats can be deceiving, here are Epenesa's stats for the Miami game;

 

1 Tackle and 2 QB hits.

 

If you were to look at that stat line you would think Epenesa had a pretty pedestrian game.  Those stats don't tell the story though.  Epenesa was killing the Phins all day.  He knocked out Tua on a clean hit.  He was routinely getting into the back field today and disrupting the Dolphins passing game.   On one of Rousseau's sacks Epenesa drove Brissett right into Rousseau's arms.  A.J. is getting off the snap so much faster than he did last season and getting around the corner on speed rushes and into the pocket.  

 

If A.J. continues to play like this he could end up with 10 sacks this year.   Epenesa, Oliver, Zimmer, and Rousseau could end up being really scary.

 

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17 minutes ago, Inigo Montoya said:

If you ever needed an example of how stats can be deceiving, here are Epenesa's stats for the Miami game;

 

1 Tackle and 2 QB hits.

 

If you were to look at that stat line you would think Epenesa had a pretty pedestrian game.  Those stats don't tell the story though.  Epenesa was killing the Phins all day.  He knocked out Tua on a clean hit.  He was routinely getting into the back field today and disrupting the Dolphins passing game.   On one of Rousseau's sacks Epenesa drove Brissett right into Rousseau's arms.  A.J. is getting off the snap so much faster than he did last season and getting around the corner on speed rushes and into the pocket.  

 

If A.J. continues to play like this he could end up with 10 sacks this year.   Epenesa, Oliver, Zimmer, and Rousseau could end up being really scary.

 


Agreed. Bills could have easily had 3 more sacks, but Brissett got tripped up for like 1-yard gains. 
 

my favorite play was when AJ almost decapitated Brissett. Brissett wiggled free and I think someone else cleaned it up.
 

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First we had no NFL quality WR’s. Fixed. Then we had no pass rush. Fixed (and cheaper!). Having a pass rush in this league changes everything. Look at Tampa vs KC in the Super Bowl.

 

 

Next year will be OLine for us. The flip side of having a pass rush will be fixed. 

 

 

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48 minutes ago, JoPoy88 said:

No love for Oliver ?


Fans gotta wait for Oliver to get more and more snaps/experience playing full seasons with a true 1 technique DT by his side taking on blue collar, lunch pail work to see if Oliver is the guy we drafted to be that disruptive 3 technique DT we saw at Houston.  
 

Star, sitting out last year (not begrudging him his personal choice) definitely had an impact setting back Oliver’s development at the 3 technique at a pivotal time in a young player’s development.  And, hopefully next offseason, Beane gets us a good 1 technique DT to take over for Star, my dream a Ted Washington type, to develop with Oliver (I wanted the 360lb kid from UF, Slaton this year).   I hope with a true 1 technique DT, Oliver can play the 3 technique most snaps and develop into the player many of us were stoked to draft.  

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For fwiw here is something PFF came up with.

 

Player    Pass-rush snaps    Sacks    Total pressures    Pass-rush win %
Ed Oliver    28                          0                 2                          23.3%
Justin Zimmer    28                  1                 3                          21.4%
Greg Rousseau    27                2                 6                          35.7%
A.J. Epenesa    27                    0                 8                          21.4%
Jerry Hughes     26                  0                 3                          28.6%
Vernon Butler    25                   0                 2                          18.5%
Star Lotulelei    24                    0                 2                          23.1%
Mario Addison    24                  0                 4                          15.4%

 

Suggests that Rousseau played EVEN BETTER than he looked

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53 minutes ago, Augie said:

First we had no NFL quality WR’s. Fixed. Then we had no pass rush. Fixed (and cheaper!). Having a pass rush in this league changes everything. Look at Tampa vs KC in the Super Bowl.

 

 

Next year will be OLine for us. The flip side of having a pass rush will be fixed. 

 

 

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Good take.  They should have drafted a center in the 3rd round not a swing tackle.  Ford may yet still develop but with every game it looks less likely.  I see C/G and safety depth as priorities after drafting Edmunds replacement in round 1

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