Trent Murphy boosts up the Buffalo Bills‘ pass rush and could be a reason as to why others could succeed at applying pressure in the pocket. It was a sight to see when the Bills were able to disrupt the passing game by getting to the QB in 2017. Unfortunately, the view was not seen much.
Finishing 29th in sacks with 27, the Bills needed to make adjustments. A factor in the lack of production was not getting pressure. The Bills defensive line did not have someone who collapsed the pocket to apply pressure. Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson were taken out of the game and couldn’t edge any pressure. The team brought in Murphy and Star Lotulelei to hopefully set the edge.
Murphy missed all of last season with a torn ACL as well as serving a four game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. Rewind back to 2016, and you would see Murphy’s best season of his career so far. He recorded 22 tackles and 9 sacks.
The Bills pass defense was a conquering unit in 2013 and 2014, both years coached under Doug Marrone. In 2013 the defense recorded 57 sacks and 54 in 2014. Since Rex Ryan‘s arrival in 2015, it’s a complete different story. The defense crashed and burned and it’s what McDermott inherited when he took the head coaching job. McDermott runs a system where it’s a 4-3 while Ryan ran a 3-4. Ryan brought in players that would not succeed later on under McDermott.
McDermott and Leslie Frazier are trying to build the unit back up to where it was before. I’m not saying Murphy is the key missing piece, but he will bring an edge that Buffalo has been missing since 2015.
2018 Season Projections:
70 tackles, 12 sacks, 3 forced fumbles.