While so much has gone right for the Bills on offense this season, little has gone right for Buffalo on the defensive side of the ball. For more on what might be happening within Buffalo’s defense, here are some highlights from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s recent press conferences.
Q: It’s easy for us arm-chair analysts to sit back and pick apart what’s going wrong with your defense. But from your perspective, what’s gone wrong when it comes to the coverage issues and the struggles against the pass in general so far this season?
LF: Well, it’s a combination of a few things. Being able to play man coverage, we’ve struggled with that a little bit. We’ve even struggled in our zones at times. So you need a combination of rush and coverage to work together in order to have success in the pass defense and we haven’t been able to consistently put that together yet. So we’ll keep working at it, because you have to be able to play some man in our league and you have to be able to mix in zone and have success as well. But that comes back to your ability to rush and not let the quarterback hold onto the ball as long as he has at times, and then being able to get that tight coverage, or having the zone awareness, to make him be able to hold the football a little bit longer to buy our rush some time. So we just haven’t been able to put that together as consistently as we need to and it’s something we’ll have to continue to work on.
Q: We know that Tremaine Edmunds has not been playing at 100 percent in recent weeks. What has he not been doing that he was doing at the end of last season?
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Aaron Jones, Packers 5-9 • 208 pounds • 27 years old A fifth-round steal in the 2017 draft out of UTEP, Jones is equally proficient in the running and passing games. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards the last two years, and caught 49 and 47 passes, respectively. He’s also a touchdown machine with 30 TDs the last two years (25 rushing and 5 receiving). The son of two career Army officers, he’s a tough, driven player and the kind of guy players want on their team.
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QUARTERBACKS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
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Hunter Henry, Chargers 6-5 • 250 pounds • 29 years old A very talented player, Henry has had issues staying healthy, unable to complete an NFL season, including missing the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL. But when healthy, he’s a terrific all-around tight end who really connected with Justin Herbert in 2020 with 60 catches. Henry is very good at finding holes in zone coverage.
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Leonard Williams, Giants 6-5 • 255 pounds • 28 years old An athletic 300-pounder with quick feet, Williams amassed a career-high 11.5 sacks last season. Add that to him being a stout run defender, very durable and possessing great character, and he should be in high demand. He won NFC Defensive Player of the Week twice last year. $$$$$
What Bills Fans Are Saying
Bills Digest scanned the Bills’ Facebook page and other fan message board sites to gauge the hot topics Bills Nation is talking about. We chose some of the better posts, edited for brevity and clarity, and present them here, along with Bills Digest editor Mark Ludwiczak’s take on what’s being discussed.
Bills Digest BUZZ Box: Five hot topics Bills fans are talking about
Bills Digest editor Mark Ludwiczak and editor-at-large Chris Brown weigh in on a handful of the hottest subjects Bills fans have been sounding off about in e-mails to our offices, radio call-in shows and Internet message boards. Have an opinion? Feel free to send an email to Chris (AskChris@bills.nfl.net) or Mark (Mark@asmpublishing.com).
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Allen Robinson II, Bears 6-2 • 220 pounds • 27 years old Coming off a 102-catch season, Robinson is a big, physical receiver who can go up and get the rock. He excels at climbing the ladder to high-point the ball. Imagine what he can do with an elite QB after playing in Jacksonville and Chicago. Though he has been in the league since 2014, he’s still only 27.
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Brandon Scherff, Washington 6-5 • 315 pounds • 29 years old The fifth pick of the 2015 draft, Scherff certainly lived up to the hype. He’s got everything teams want in a guard — size, grit, great technique, power and the mobility to get to the second level. His massive hands (11 inches) are a huge asset for a guard to grab and clutch. He made the Pro Bowl four of his first five NFL seasons. $$$$$
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