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That's a really nice pair of bookend pass rushers.  Lots of potential, and it doesn't get much better than having Bruce Smith as a mentor.  Best of luck with them Bills fans!

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I dont think Beane was expecting to land Basham. Apparently he had a trade offer that would slide them to round 3 with extra picks however he said there is one guy on the board and if he slides to me we are taking him which was the case. I doubt he went in to this expecting to land back to back pass rushers. The interesting news now will be who is the odd man out?


You have Mario Addison on a 1 year deal in which could clear 5.3 mil as a post june 1st cut.
You have Jerry Hughes who had showed the most pressures on the team last year and has been consistent #1 pass rusher for this team for several years so I would be surprised if he is let go but he would clear the most cap if doing so.
Aj Epenesa is going on year 2 of his 4 year deal, being drafted in the 2nd rd I do not see his spot being a risk and I think that Beane is hoping he will come in to his own.
Efe Obada came in on a 1 year 1.5 mil deal this offseason, they pursued him before the draft when he could have been available after the draft so they seemed intrigued by him and would like to see what he can do.
People would think that Daryl Johnson would be the odd man out however still on a rookie deal through 2022 season and being a ST stud I think he will be the one to stick around as he was able to contribute more so on the ST but also came in at times for depth purposes.
Bryan Cox Jr and Brandin Bryant seem to be camp bodies and possibly fighting for PSquad spots.

If the bills stick with what they did last year with 6 DE you have to think Rousseau, Basham, Epenesa, Johnson, Hughes, and Obada are the guys they go with while letting Mario go in the up coming weeks if they want to clear the cap to get another contributor at a different position. If they are happy with what they got then they may wait until preseason is over to let him go if they are confident in the 2 rookies. 

I cant fathom Beane making another mistake like he did last year in which he held on to Murphy rather then cutting him to clear cap space in which they could have used this offseason so I hope if he believes in the 2 youngsters to commit to them and let Addison walk so they can have extra cap space for protection during the season or to roll over in 2022.

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Gonna be interesting what they do.. I dont see us dropping Jerry Hughes at this point. With Lotuleilei back in the mix would Vernon Butler maybe? Maybe give Epenesa/Rousseau reps inside. 

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Do you guys run a 4-3 or a 3-4?  I was really hoping to get Rousseau in Jacksonville, where we run a 3-4.  We have already have two EDGE rushers who we took high in the draft the last two years (Josh Allen - 7th overall, and K'Lavon Chaisson - 20th overall). 

I wouldn't want either of those guys to be relegated to the bench, but was instead thinking that Rousseau might be able to add some weight and play up on the line with his hand on the ground.  If you can add him to a lineup that already has two good EDGE rushers, you could really end up with a deadly pass rush.  Just a thought.  I'm not sure if that would be a possibility in Buffalo.

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3 hours ago, BillsGuy82 said:

Gonna be interesting what they do.. I dont see us dropping Jerry Hughes at this point. With Lotuleilei back in the mix would Vernon Butler maybe? Maybe give Epenesa/Rousseau reps inside. 

If anyone would be taking away from reps on the inside I think it would be Basham as he is at 280 but will likely drop to 275 which he is comfortable doing Epenesa may have to put on weight again, as I heard he dropped to the 250-260 range prior to the season last year in efforts to gain speed. Butler is meant to be a 3tech DT to play behind oliver and should go back to that position now that Star is back. Basham is an ideal LDE while Rousseau is on the smaller end even though he is 6'6-6'7 he is only 265 which is ideal for the RDE. I think that Mcdermott will take advantage of moving people across the line but majority should be Rousseau oliver star basham from right to left.

Butler's contract would only clear 1.8 mil in cap space if cut

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3 hours ago, Uncle Buck said:

Do you guys run a 4-3 or a 3-4?  I was really hoping to get Rousseau in Jacksonville, where we run a 3-4.  We have already have two EDGE rushers who we took high in the draft the last two years (Josh Allen - 7th overall, and K'Lavon Chaisson - 20th overall). 

I wouldn't want either of those guys to be relegated to the bench, but was instead thinking that Rousseau might be able to add some weight and play up on the line with his hand on the ground.  If you can add him to a lineup that already has two good EDGE rushers, you could really end up with a deadly pass rush.  Just a thought.  I'm not sure if that would be a possibility in Buffalo.

Bills are said to be a 4-3 but they are more of a 4-2-5 Rousseau will be playing with his hand in the ground majority of the time but in certain packages I could see him rushing from the LB position to throw off opposing teams. Wouldn't be surprised to see him in there at SLB while hughes and epenesa/basham are coming off the ends

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