The Buffalo Bills are quite comfortable with their situation at the linebacker position. Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano were on the field the majority of the time in 2021, as both players featured in more than 80 percent of the Bills defensive snaps.
Edmunds has excelled as a sideline-to-sideline player, showcasing an athleticism that makes him the centerpiece to the defense. He recorded 108 total tackles to go along with an interception this past year. At times, Edmunds doesn’t take the best angles at the point of attack. However, the 23-year-old still seems to have an untapped potential with respect to his abilities on the field.
Milano had another strong season for the Bills, doing a little bit of everything on the defense.
Whereas Edmunds tends to be stronger against the run, Milano is solid in pass coverage. Milano registered 86 total tackles, three sacks and five passes defended this year. More importantly, he was on the field for the majority of the season, avoiding major injuries and starting 16 games.
AJ Klein was next in line when the team employed three linebackers on the field. The veteran had 35 total tackles and an interception on the year. He also played a vital role on special teams.
The remainder of the linebacking corps saw minimal time on the field for the defense. Tyler Matakevich, Andre Smith, Tyrel Dodson, and Joe Giles-Harris were special teams contributors for Buffalo.
Here’s an offseason rundown for the Bills regarding the linebacker position: