The Buffalo Bills selected defensive tackle Ed Oliver with the ninth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. While Oliver has all of the raw athletic talent in the world, he is coming off a season where his numbers declined across the board.
The dip potentially cost Oliver a shot at earning a long-term contract extension with the Bills, and in today’s edition of the Buffalo Rumblinks, we lead off by discussing why Oliver is heading into a pivotal 2023 NFL season.
DT Ed Oliver entering pivotal season
Once edge rusher Von Miller was lost for the season, there was a huge opportunity for Ed Oliver to step up his game and help carry a defensive line that sorely needed a big-time producer. Instead, Oliver battled a high ankle sprain that cost him three games, and he finished with 34 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hits.
Oliver enters the season playing on the fifth-year option, for a hefty guaranteed salary of $10.753 million in 2023. According to defensive line coach Eric Washington, the Bills are hoping Oliver can learn to play football “from the neck up” — an indication the team wants Oliver to develop a mental approach to the game that matches his physical skills, including focusing more on the preparation that takes place off the field.
- Ryan O’Halloran: To hear Bills tell it, Ed Oliver’s final chance to earn long-term deal starts with introspection - Buffalo News
- Bills’ defensive line coach wants to see Ed Oliver play football “from the neck up” - ProFootballTalk
- Bills Coach Gets Brutally Honest About $11 Million DT Ed Oliver | Heavy.com
- Buffalo Bills Offseason Wishlist: Ed Oliver Contract Extension? - Sports Illustrated Buffalo Bills News, Analysis and More
- Analysis: The Buffalo Bills have an Ed Oliver problem – with no easy solutions - Buffalo News
Von Miller is confident he’ll be ready to go for Week 1
Bills pass rusher Von Miller tore his ACL during a Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions, but the future Hall of Fame edge rusher is hoping to be back on the field and playing for the Bills in time for the team’s season opener against the New York Jets on September 11.
- Bills’ Von Miller expects to return from torn ACL in Week 1 - ESPN
- Bills OLB Von Miller (ACL) feels he'll be ready to play in 2023 season opener vs. Jets - NFL.com
- Bills Star Von Miller Provides Window for Return in 2023 After ACL Tear - Sports Illustrated
- Garafolo: Von Miller 'hopes to be back' from ACL injury by Week 1 - Yahoo! Sports
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