Bills opponent preview: Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner

The Buffalo Bills may need an issue. Rookie proper tackle Spencer Brown went on the COVID-19 listing and is unlikely to play vs. the Indianapolis Colts. The final time Brown was out the Jacksonville Jaguars had a subject day knocking Josh Allen round because of Buffalo utilizing the Brown damage as an excuse to shuffle three out of the 5 spots on the road. That makes the Colts’ most disruptive participant on the road a simple selection for this week’s case research.

Background information

DeForest Buckner has a primary workforce All-Professional choice to his credit score. That was final season. Talking of final season, he was my opponent preview earlier than the Wild Card spherical. That’ll save us (properly, me anyway) a while as we’ve got latest evaluation to go from. Click on right here for final season.

I praised Buckner for just about every part. He has the facility to match his 6’7” body and 300 lb-plus physique. He’s additionally fast and agile. Buckner has a wide selection of strategies at his disposal, a few of which you’d count on extra from a defensive finish. He can line up on each side. He performs arduous by way of the whistle. The man is a real nightmare for his opponent.


In case you take a look at the stat sheet, Buckner doesn’t soar out. This season he has 4.5 sacks and 11 QB hits, which doesn’t scream “nightmare.” Particularly when the league chief has 13 (Myles Garrett). A part of that although is the very fact we’re used to lumping all defensive linemen collectively for stats. When factoring in simply tackles, the league chief (Jeffery Simmons) has solely 7.5, a lot nearer to Buckner’s numbers. Aaron Donald has 6.0 up to now this 12 months.

Making that extra spectacular for Buckner is that this quantity: 16.8 p.c. That’s how usually the Colts blitz. Which means Buckner isn’t breaking free when groups get confused on who’s dashing. Groups know who’s dashing. It’s DeForest Buckner. And he’s nonetheless profitable. You got here right here for GIFs although. Let’s check out Buckner’s present season to see if the issues I famous nonetheless maintain true.

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I feel most of that is self-explanatory. This isn’t fast stress, however DeForest Buckner finally ends up setting off some alarm bells. It’s arduous to say if it led to a rushed resolution and interception nevertheless it certain didn’t damage issues.

The body I pause on I needed to focus on the place Buckner forces. He drives his man to his proper, which permits him to chop to the left as wanted. If it weren’t for the chip, Buckner would have been in Ryan Tannehill’s face even sooner.

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Buckner actually isn’t doing a lot right here however that’s nonetheless necessary. The truth that there’s routinely two individuals devoted to him already means he’s profitable. Total it’s 11 versus 11, however within the “non-DeForest Buckner” a part of the sector it’s 9 versus 10, benefit Colts. And it’s humorous that at one level it’s extra like three-on-one for Buckner.

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This double workforce is a bit more forceful attempting to push Buckner out of the best way. That doesn’t actually work and look what number of lanes he’s clogging all by his lonesome.

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Buckner, like his opponent, is shoving like a madman to make some headway. Prefer it so usually is on the NFL degree, it’s a stalemate. Buckner needs free, so he yanks his left arm free and twists his higher physique, inflicting his opponent to lose his stability.

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I’d applaud this transfer by a defensive finish, not to mention a defensive tackle. Buckner punches throughout his physique (proper hand to opponent’s left shoulder) to push towards our proper. He hits arduous sufficient to get some motion within the desired course then finishes with a swim over his man. The result’s fairly, fairly clear.


Anybody who has adopted me has probably discovered I really like watching the defensive line. The overwhelming majority of the time DeForest Buckner is a delight for me to observe. I don’t stay up for it towards the Bills.

Going again to the stats, one final little tidbit for hope. Together with a low blitz price, the Colts have a low price of hurries (worst) and pressures (fourth worst). They’re reasonably succesful at knockdowns (seventeenth in league) and sacks (fifteenth). So whereas Buckner is a pressure, total there’s some indicators that the Colts’ protection might be mitigated.

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