If there are two things Buffalo is known for it’s wings and their football fans.
The latter is something Ed Oliver, who was selected 9th overall in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, is looking forward to seeing Sundays in Orchard Park.
“Just getting a chance to play in front of the best fans in the NFL, Bills Mafia,” Oliver said of what he’s looking forward to. “It’s a chance to compete, play against good players and be apart of something that’s way bigger than myself.”
Although general manager Brandon Beanesaid the team didn’t necessarily have any glaring holes to fill on the roster, they did need to replace Kyle Williams, who retired following the 2018 season.
The former fifth round selection in 2006 draft and spent his entire career, all 13 seasons, with the Bills. Williams was a six time Pro-Bowler and total 48.5 sacks in his career.
“What Kyle Williams was able to accomplish over his career is extraordinary,” Oliver said. “If I can do half of what he did, I’ll be satisfied.”
“Ed, first of all, is a competitor. He’s tough. He plays from the snap to the echo of the whistle. He fits Buffalo and how we do things,” Beane said. “You guys know we lost Kyle. We were not able to answer that in free agency and this felt pretty good for us.”
“He’s a good player that plays hard and brings his lunchpale. He’s a guy that fits with the way we play on the field,” added head coach Sean McDermott. “We were obviously excited. You never know how it’s going to fall and sitting at nine we felt like we could get a good player one way or another. We feel good about the pick.”