Buffalo Bills: Star Lotulelei can pack a punch, adds depth to Bills defense
It looks as though defensive tackle Star Lotulelei intends to sign a five-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.
The 28-year-old would reunite with Sean McDermott. Before becoming the Bills head coach last year, McDermott was the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers from 2013-2016.
Lotulelei would also join forces with Kyle Williams on the Bills d-line, which should create issues for the opposition in 2018. Williams had eight quarterback takedowns the past two years and he has tallied 43.5 sacks during his 13-year career (all with Buffalo).
Lotulelei racked up 11.5 sacks in five seasons in the NFL and he should be a good run stuffer with Williams in 2018.
The Bills are trying to take the next step in their development. They traded away QB Tyrod Taylor and it seems as though they’ll select a quarterback in this year’s draft.
The defense was 26th in total defense and it was 18th in points allowed per game.
Signing Star Lotulelei doesn’t fix every problem in Buffalo, but it does strengthen the Bills defensive line and he could end up being the replacement for Williams after the upcoming season.
McDermott is trying to build a team in his image. He wants his guy at the quarterback spot and he is looking to make a great defense.
The Buffalo Bills could make it to the playoffs for the second straight season. The AFC East has plenty of issues. the Miami Dolphins have Ryan Tannehill coming back from injury and they dealt Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns. The New York Jets have below average quarterbacks and they released Muhammad Wilkerson.
The AFC West is taking strides in the right direction. However, the Los Angeles Chargers have to get over their playoff drought. Additionally, the Kansas City Chiefs will look to run their offense through youngster Patrick Mahomes. The Oakland Raiders have questions in their secondary and the Denver Broncos just acquired Case Keenum, who has a lot to prove now that he’s “the man” running the Broncos offense.
Now let’s look at the AFC South: the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans are getting their starting quarterbacks back from injury. The Tennessee Titans are still looking to upgrade their defense and Marcus Mariota needs to build on his 2017 campaign. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Blake Bortles to a long-term deal. So expectations are high, especially after going to the AFC Championship game.
The AFC North has the Cleveland Browns who are in the middle of a rebuild. The Cincinnati Bengals are trusting Andy Dalton and Marvin Lewis to make a huge impact in the AFC. Also, the Baltimore Ravens have been lackluster over the past couple of years.
The Buffalo Bills may not look like a good team now. Nonetheless, Star Lotulelei can give their defense an edge with an all-star quality play on a weekly basis. He certainly is a great starting point for McDermott and Buffalo.