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Chris Trapasso


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Last week, I introduced Yards Per Drop Back, an all-encompassing yardage efficiency metric for quarterbacks. Bills signal-caller Josh Allen went into Week 17 in 36th place out of 38 qualifiers at the position, although his post-injury placement in the stat was in the top half of the league after being last before his injury. Against the Dolphins in Week 17, Allen had th…

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Star Lotulelei was a well-rounded force for the Bills down the stretch after spending the first two and a half months as a block-devouring nose tackle who had immense troubles rushing the passer. The former first-round pick had two quarterback pressures on 13 pass-rush snaps in the victory against the Dolphins in the season finale. It marked the first time in a game tha…

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The Buffalo Bills sacked Ryan Tannehill four times Sunday, and Buffalo's pass rush performed better than expected against the Dolphins' quarterback. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured Tannehill on 15 of his 36 drop backs, which equates to a 41.6 percent pressure rate. The Bills went into the game pressuring quarterbacks 36.8 percent of the time. In th…

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Yards per attempt has become a well-known statistic to judge quarterbacks in the NFL. And while it's probably the best straightforward efficiency metric for passers, it obviously fails to incorporate sacks, sack yards, along with rushes and rush yards. With the prevalence of scrambling among quarterbacks today, it's logical to go a few steps further to truly get the bes…

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While not expected to be a Kyle Williams-type pass-rusher, Star Lotulelei has performed much better in all aspects for the Buffalo Bills over the last half of the regular season than he did in the first half of it. After registering a pressure of Tom Brady in Week 16's loss to the New England Patriots, the free-agent acquisition has three consecutive games with at least…

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The Buffalo Bills sacked Tom Brady once on Sunday, and Buffalo's pass rush performed just about as expected against the future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback in defeat. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured Brady on 9 of his 25 drop backs, which equates to a 36 percent pressure rate. The Bills went into the game pressuring quarterbacks 36.9 percent o…

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In Week 8's loss to the Patriots, the Bills hung in for three quarters, and Tom Brady had a 85.5 quarterback rating, the third-lowest for him so far this season. What did Buffalo do well in that contest that they need to do again Sunday? They pressured Brady on 14 of 48 drop backs (29.1 percent), slightly more than the rate at which he's been pressured this season. As i…

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Although the Buffalo Bills did not sack the opposing quarterback for the second consecutive week on Sunday, Buffalo's pass rush performed much better against Matthew Stafford and the Lions' offensive line in Week 15 than it did against Sam Darnold and the Jets in Week 14. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured Detroit's quarterback on 13 of his 29 drop backs…

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It was the second consecutive game with eight total tackles for Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions, and he added two more impact tackles to his rookie-season resume in the Bills' victory over Detroit. Edmunds had two impact tackles for the first time since the win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12. Range…

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Robert Foster has had a roller-coaster rookie season for the Bills, from camp standout to the regular-season inactive list to productive deep threat for Josh Allen. The undrafted wide receiver from Alabama has a relatively rare combination of size, speed, and twitchiness, as evidenced by his combine figures. Foster was measured at more than 6-foot-1 and 196 pounds. H…

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Buffalo's quartet of newcomers on the defensive line had problems – once again – getting after the opposing quarterback in Week 14's loss to the Jets at home. While members of the Bills' pass rush who've been in Western New York for years – like Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, Lorenzo Alexander and Shaq Lawson – have done a terrific job consistently creating pressure, Star…

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The Buffalo Bills did not sack Sam Darnold on Sunday, and Buffalo's pass-rush had its worst pass-rushing performance of the season in Week 14's narrow defeat at the hands of the Jets. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured the New York quarterback on seven of his 24 drop backs, which equates to a 29.1 percent pressure rate. The seven quarterback pressures ag…

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Tremaine Edmunds wasn't the best defensive player on the field in Buffalo's Week 14 loss at home to the Jets, but he did record his first interception as a professional and showcased his range with three range tackles in defeat. The three range tackles tied for the second most he's had in a single contest this season, and were the most he had since Week 10's win over th…