The Buffalo Bills had an anemic pass rush in 2017, totaling only 27 sacks as a group. The team’s leading sack artist only had 4. With this in mind, general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have bolstered the defensive line, adding numerous signings and draft picks that they hope will inject some much-needed energy into the pass rush.
In the latest installment of our “90 players in 90 days” series, we examine a defensive end who played for one of Buffalo’s most hated rivals last season.
Name: Terrence Fede
Height/Weight: 6’4” 267 lbs.
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Fede signed a one-year deal that totals $790,000 for the 2018 season. His cap hit, however, will be $720,000 thanks to the veteran’s minimum exception.
2017 Recap: Fede appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, although he did not register a sack. He had 10 total tackles and a fumble recovery while appearing on 16.44% of the team’s defensive snaps. He was a fixture on their special teams, appearing on 75.11% of snaps in that phase of the game.
Positional outlook: Fede joins a crowded defensive line rotation that includes presumed starters Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy, the latter of whom is still recovering from knee surgery. Shaq Lawson and Eddie Yarbrough top the reserves, with Owa Odighizuwa, Mike Love, and Mat Boesen rounding out the positional group.
2018 Offseason: Little has been written about Fede thus far, but he did participate in OTAs and in mandatory minicamp.
2018 season outlook: The early defensive line usage and rotation does not favor Fede, as the initial starters reps in place of the still-rehabbing Murphy have rotated between Yarbrough and Lawson. With a seemingly well-established top four in the rotation, that means that Fede will be battling Odighizuwa et al for a possible fifth defensive end spot. As a fellow Marist graduate, I’ll be rooting for the only NFL player drafted out of Poughkeepsie, but his shot is certainly of the longer variety.