Harrison Phillips generated just one quarterback pressure on 29 pass-rush snaps in the Bills' three games after the season-opening loss to the Ravens but pressured Marcus Mariota twice on 13 pass-rush snaps against the Titans in Week 5.
The 15.3 percent pressure rate was the best of third-round picks NFL career so far.
|vs Tennessee||Star Lotulelei||Trent Murphy||Harrison Phillips|
|Pressures / Pass-Rush Snap||1 / 9||3 / 22||2 / 13|
Trent Murphy's sack was of the clean-up variety, and one of his other pressures was after Mariota held onto the football for a while and started to improvise outside of the pocket.
As for Star Lotulelei, he had his most impressive play as a member of the Bills to date on his impact tackle. It came midway through the third quarter when he pushed the Tennessee blocker back as he scraped down the line of scrimmage and met Dion Lewis behind the line for a one-yard loss.
Here's how Buffalo's newcomers on the defensive line have fared heading into Week 6:
|Through Week Five||Star Lotulelei||Trent Murphy||Harrison Phillips|
|Pressures / Pass-Rush Snaps||3/89||14/117||4/57|
Only four rookie defensive linemen currently have more pressures than Phillips' five.
Murphy's pass-rushing figures look respectable, but he's rarely had "clean" wins where he's in the quarterback's face quickly. The majority of his pressures have been thanks to sound coverage on the back end or signal-callers leaving the pocket.