Can Bills defense get to the QB in 2018?


If there is one area the Bills struggled with last season, it was getting to the quarterback.

In fact, the Bills were one of the worst — ranking 28th in the league in quarterback pressures — which includes QB hits, hurries and sacks.

In terms of bringing down the quarterback, the Bills had just 27 sacks last season.

So in the offeseason, they went out and spent big bucks on Trent Murphy and Star Lotulelei to help push the pocket and force the action.

Heading into the opener, they know if you give Ravens Joe Flacco all day in the pocket to pick you apart and connect with Michael Crabtree and John Brown, it’s going to be a long afternoon in Baltimore.

“Flacco is one of the best QBs in the business. He’s been doing it for a very long time,” Murphy said on Wednesday.  “He’s very comfortable doing what he does. We have to put pressure on him or he’s going to be who he is.”

Flacco was sacked just 27 times last season, tied for 19th in the league among signal callers.

“He’s an outstanding quarterback as it is, so you’d like to be able to have him under duress at some point,” added defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.   “We believe we’ve improved our pass rush adding Trent and some other things that we’re doing. We’ll see when Sunday begins.”

Murphy who sat out part of the preseason with a groin injury and veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) both practiced fully on Thursday for the second straight day.

“I’m very encouraged by his work,” Frazier said of Murphy’s progress.  “He’s been able to put in back-to-back days now for the first time in a long time. Really looking forward to (Friday) and seeing how he feels when he comes back to practice. Up to this point, I’m really encouraged.”

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