Entering the 2017 NFL Season, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of decisions to make before the start of the season. With training camp and the preseason now just around the corner, it will be interesting to see how these on and off the field decisions are made and what effect they are likely to have on the short term future in Buffalo.
As it pertains to the team’s roster for the upcoming season, decisions are quickly looming with roster cuts and depth chart moves likely to come. Continuing our new series, we will take a look each day at a positional group on the Buffalo Bills roster and what the outlook appears to be as well as make our own predictions on how things will turn out.
Continuing our new series today, we will take a look at what the future holds for the Buffalo Bills at the defensive end position.
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Starters: Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson
A combination of veteran and youngster will lead the Buffalo Bills at the defensive end position this season. Shifting to a 4-3 defensive scheme under new head coach Sean McDermott, the Bills will move both Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson back to their more natural defensive end positions this season.
With both being seen as the locked in starters at this stage of the preseason, Lawson and Hughes will have plenty of time to get reacclimated to the position. However, despite this, both players need to prove themselves to their new coaches this season.
For Hughes, this means showing that he is still a solid player in this league. Having his ups and downs with Rex Ryan, Hughes can prove this year that he needs to be in Buffalo’s long term plans if they are to succeed. For Lawson, the second year player just needs to show that he truly does possess the talent that made him a first round pick in 2016. With that said though, both Hughes and Lawson will be starters come week 1 barring any unforeseen injuries.
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Backups: Ryan Davis and Max Valles
Much like many of the other positions on the Buffalo Bills roster, the defensive end position is extremely thin after you get past the two starters. While Ryan Davis should prove to be an adequate backup, the rest of the players at the position could easily be thrown into a random draw for the final roster spots.
With Max Valles at least making the Bills roster last season, he is probably the favorite to end up being the third string defensive end for the Buffalo Bills this season. However, like I said, he could just as easily end up being one of the first or last players cut from the position.
Final Spot Battle: Jake Metz and Ian Seau
Battling it out for the likely final defensive end position on the Bills roster, Jake Metz and Ian Seau look to be the best of the rest. However, like I said about Valles, these two players could easily be the first players cut from the roster due to the overall lack of quality below Ryan Davis on this depth chart. Either way though, look for both Metz and Seau to put up a half decent fight as they try to earn a roster spot.