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June 25, 2020 03:32 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Significant competition for reps
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver (abdomen) will have competition for reps following the offseason additions of Vernon Butler and Quinton Jefferson, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

The departure of Jordan Phillips earlier in the offseason appeared to create a clear path toward a starting spot for Oliver, but Buffalo added some reliable veterans in Butler and Jefferson to the interior defensive line while also bringing in Mario Addison and second-round pick A.J. Epenesa on the edge. Oliver had a decent rookie showing with 43 total tackles and five sacks in 16 games last year, but he underwent core muscle surgery in January and was arrested on DWI and weapons charges in March. The young defensive tackle could be subject to discipline from the league regardless of how his legal situation unfolds.

May 17, 2020 08:36 AM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Facing DWI, weapon charges
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver (abdomen) was arrested Saturday in Houston on charges of driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.

According to the police report, Oliver was asked to take a field sobriety test after he was spotted with an open beer between his legs when deputies pulled over his vehicle. Deputies then proceeded to search his car and discovered a pistol before transporting Oliver to Montgomery County Jail. The Bills are aware of Oliver's arrest and plan to gather more information regarding the incident before issuing further comment. Oliver, who recorded 43 tackles and five sacks in 16 games (seven starts) as a rookie last season, could be subject to discipline from the NFL, regardless of how his legal process plays out.

March 17, 2020 06:40 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Could land starting spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver (core muscle surgery) should see an opportunity for more playing time after Jordan Phillips signed a big free-agent deal with the Cardinals on Tuesday.

The No. 9 overall pick in 2019 had a decent rookie season with 43 tackles and 5.0 sacks, but Oliver could have done more if he didsn't have to take a back seat to Phillips, who was simply a surprise stud for the team last season. The Bills loved what Phillips brought to the table but decided they didn't want to match the high price tag he got from Arizona with a talented option waiting in the wings. Oliver could blow past his rookie totals in his second campaign.

January 15, 2020 10:48 AM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Battling core injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver underwent core-muscle surgery from Dr. Williams Meyers in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

Oliver previously tweeted that he'd undergone surgery, but the nature of the injury being addressed wasn't clear. The procedure was successful, and it doesn't appear this issue will keep Oliver out of the offseason program in April. The 22-year-old is coming off an excellent rookie season, where he tallied 43 tackles and five sacks over 16 games to be named to the 2019 PFWA All-Rookie Team.

January 14, 2020 04:36 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Goes under knife
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver revealed via his personal Twitter account that he underwent surgery Tuesday.

It's still unclear what Oliver had surgery on, but the rookie did have knee issues during his collegiate career. Oliver is coming off an impressive first year in the league, as he was named to the 2019 PFWA All-Rookie Team after registering 43 tackles and five sacks over 16 games. We should know more about the nature of Oliver's injury soon.

November 30, 2019 12:12 AM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Figuring things out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver tallied four tackles, two sacks and a pass defensed during Thursday's upset win at Dallas.

The first-round rookie was previously passed on the depth chart by Jordan Phillips, but the former now has at least one sack in three straight games, joining Darryl Talley as the only rookies in Bills history to accomplish that feat. Oliver should remain a strong part of the interior-line rotation for the Bills, and he was a true catalyst in the Thanksgiving win.

November 26, 2019 04:16 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Tallies another sack Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver recorded one sack across 22 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Broncos.

Oliver now has sacks in back-to-back contests, bringing his season total to three. The rookie is only playing in a little over 50 percent of the defensive snaps this season as he continues to rotate with Jordan Phillips and Star Lotulelei.

November 18, 2019 03:32 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Registers second sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver recorded three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's 37-20 win against the Dolphins.

Oliver's usage has tapered off since the Week 6 bye, as he's logged less than 50 percent of defensive snaps in three of the last five games. During that stretch, the rookie first-rounder notched a sack in each game against Miami, accounting for his only two sacks this year. Oliver didn't rack up sacks in college, but he was an explosive run stopper with 53 tackles for loss over three years. Through his first 10 NFL games, Oliver has 23 tackles and just two for a loss. Considering he's only 21 years old, Oliver has plenty of time to develop and replicate his collegiate output at the top level.

November 5, 2019 11:04 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Takes back seat to Phillips
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver logged two tackles during Sunday's win over Washington.

The prized rookie has made a decent impression on the coaching staff but has struggled for production in 2019, making just 20 tackles and one sack halfway through the season. Worse, teammate Jordan Phillips has played so well that coach Sean McDermott gave him the start over Oliver this week, and the latter played a season-low 18 snaps. While his long-term prospects remain high, Oliver can be safely avoided for now, even in leagues that make you start defensive tackles.

October 25, 2019 02:00 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Notches first sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver made two tackles (one solo) and a sack in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Dolphins.

Oliver hasn't been a threatening force yet this year, but it's a positive sign that he finally got his first career sack under his belt. The 21-year-old still has plenty of time to live up to his first-round pedigree, and he'll look to keep the momentum going in Week 8 against the Eagles, as Carson Wentz has been sacked just 1.9 times per game.

October 3, 2019 07:04 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Numbers not there
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver played 42 defensive snaps but did not record a tackle or sack during Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

While the No. 9 overall pick in April hasn't taken the league by storm yet, the Bills coaches seemed pleased with Oliver's play even though he's yet to get to the quarterback and has only five tackles through his first four NFL games. More specifically, he's not getting caught out of position on too many occasions and he's doing a decent job clogging up space. The numbers will come around, but for now, Oliver is far removed from the IDP radar. He's gotten between 59 and 65 percent of the defensive snaps in each of the team's games so far.

August 20, 2019 07:36 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Moves into starter's role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver has taken over a starting defensive tackle spot, a role that had temporarily been helped by veteran Jordan Phillips, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Coach Leslie Frazier was actually referring to Phillips' new backup role in the article, but it's become clear based on playing time, practice reps and the coaching staff's comments that Oliver -- the No. 9 overall pick in April -- will be the starter for the regular season. While it's hard to pile up stats from an interior position, Oliver has the skill set and ability to eventually do it better than most defensive tackles.

June 12, 2019 02:40 AM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Takes contact Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver (shoulder) was no longer wearing a non-contact jersey during Tuesday's practice, Mike Rodak of reports.

Oliver was spotted wearing a red non-contact jersey during practice last week, but he has since shed that and is back working with the second-team defense. Oliver no longer appears to be hampered by the shoulder soreness he was dealing with.

June 4, 2019 07:24 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Does non-contact work Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver was wearing a non-contact jersey during Tuesday's practice due to shoulder soreness, Mike Rodak of reports.

The Bills don't appear to be too concerned with the soreness Oliver is battling, and the fact that Oliver was still out there practicing suggests that the injury to this year's first-rounder is a minor one.

May 10, 2019 12:04 AM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Puts pen to paper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oliver signed his rookie contract Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Draft picks rarely hold out these days, but it's good to get any administrative headaches out of the way and the Bills did that with seven of their eight draft picks all in one day, nice and early in the process. Oliver can now get on with trying to win a starting defensive tackle job right away. Star Lotulelei is the plugger on the D-Line, while Oliver -- the No. 9 pick in the draft -- is expected to beat out Harrison and Jordan Phillips to earn the majority of the time as the other starter.

April 25, 2019 10:40 PM
Bills' Ed Oliver: Headed to Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bills selected Oliver in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, ninth overall.

Great pick. Oliver isn't a towering defensive tackle presence at just 6-foot-2, 287 pounds, but he's an exceptional athlete who was monstrously productive in college, showing NFL-level talent even in his first games as a true freshman in 2016. He finished that season with 22.5 tackles for loss in 13 games, and in each of his three seasons he averaged over six tackles per game while finishing his Houston career with 53.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks in 33 career games. In addition to that staggering production, Oliver boasts truly elite athleticism across the board -- a 4.73-second 40-yard dash, 36-inch vertical, 120-inch broad jump and 11.37 agility score give Oliver explosiveness and quickness that even most linebackers would envy. Oliver could prove a memorably disruptive defensive tackle in the NFL and is definitely one of the best defensive prospects of recent memory. If his college production carries over to the NFL, he'll also be a standout IDP on the defensive line.

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