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Bills vs. Lions: Greg Rousseau explodes in first NFL action

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills drafted Miami defensive end Greg Rousseau late in the first round. A one-year wonder with the Hurricanes, Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season because his mother was a nurse in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his first football game since 2019 (albeit preseason), he made a name for himself.

Working against fellow first-rounder Penei Sewell, Rousseau showed he was up for the challenge, using his incredible arm length to keep the top-10 pick opposite him at bay. It’s not a recipe for sustained success, but it’s a good early sign, as was his sack on his third snap as a pro.

Rousseau also had three QB pressures in addition to the sack in the four drives he played.

When the Bills took the raw prospect who hadn’t played in a year, most people thought it would take him some time to acclimate. Based on reports from camp and how he looked against the Detroit Lions starters, they might get more of a return on the investment in 2021 than we bargained for.