All-22 Analysis: Buffalo Bills linebacker Marquel Lee


The Buffalo Bills added one other linebacker for depth in former Raiders participant Marquel Lee. I don’t often begin these with disclaimers however in Lee’s case it’s mandatory. I’m an enormous fan of “what have you ever achieved recently” for evaluation as accidents/time can meet up with gamers quick. Marquel Lee has an extended historical past of accidents that robbed him of the 2020 season and most of 2019.

I went way back to 2018 to make sure I had what ought to be a wholesome sport for Lee. With the frequency and severity of accidents for Lee there’s little confidence we’ve seen his finest work.

Play 1

One constructive that may present up even with an harm is play recognition. Total, Marquel Lee appeared to do that effectively with this play positively exhibiting off a strong read-and-react. Lee sees the lane coming open and hits the brakes to occupy it.

Play 2

That is the movie from 2018 when Lee ought to have been as wholesome as he’s been within the NFL. Lee didn’t come throughout as a powerhouse, being washed out of performs when brute power was the figuring out issue.

Play 3

Marquel Lee appeared to have had a greater time with side-to-side pace and was typically trusted to peek into the backfield like we see right here. Respectable sideline pace and recognition expertise made this an honest match.

Play 4

Lee cuts again early, which may have been problematic if he over-committed. He acknowledges that instantly and will get proper again into the play. The massive takeaway right here—and as seen elsewhere—is the hustle to the play mixed with steady analysis of what he’s seeing.

Play 5

That’s to not say that Lee all the time will get it proper or corrects issues in time. He’s somewhat behind on this play and doesn’t have the pace to make up for it. Lee makes the sort out however solely after a acquire of ten.

Play 6

This play combines parts from a whole lot of what we see above. Lee reads the play effectively, however isn’t bodily sufficient to be as disruptive as you’d like. He adjusts effectively on the fly and does his finest to get again into issues.

Play 7

As standard, we finish on a excessive observe. Lee sees the play develop rapidly sufficient the place he’s capable of shed the block early and get in for the sort out.


Nobody needs to be underneath the phantasm that Marquel Lee is in Buffalo to usurp both Matt Milano or Tremaine Edmunds. Lee is a depth linebacker signing who additionally has a whole lot of time on particular groups. Athletically, I got here away pondering Lee grades as an “incomplete.” Regardless of having the ability to discover some movie the place he’s hypothetically at his peak bodily it was arduous to inform the distinction from video games the place accidents needed to be lingering.

Is he capable of play by means of the ache and that’s his actual apogee? Or has he been just about perma-injured? Head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier are about to search out out and, optimistically, so will we. Lee looks as if a strong participant from the psychological and processing aspect of the sport and Bills followers ought to root for him to raise his bodily presence.