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[BN] Blitz: Lotulelei's return creates numbers game at DT

[BN] Blitz: Lotulelei's return creates numbers game at DT

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BY JEFF NEIBURG

Feb. 21, 2021

 

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Star Lotulelei, Bills defensive tackle.

Bills position series: Star Lotulelei's return creates numbers game at DT

When Star Lotulelei opted out of the 2020 season, the Bills lost a talented run stuffer but also a strong veteran presence.

The run defense suffered because of it.

The 31-year-old's return for 2021 should alleviate some of those issues along the defensive line, but his return also means someone is likely to be a roster casualty. And since the Bills are in the business of clearing some cap space, there are two prime candidates to be cut.

Will the Bills drop Quinton Jefferson or Vernon Butler? Will they bank on Ed Oliver taking a big step forward?

In part 11 of our series assessing the Bills' status at each position, Mark Gaughan takes a look at defensive tackle.

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