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5 players to watch | Bills at Dolphins

John Brown. Buffalo Bills Media Day, August 1, 2020. Photo by Bill Wippert
John Brown. Buffalo Bills Media Day, August 1, 2020. Photo by Bill Wippert

It's going to be a different looking defensive front for the Bills on Sunday. For the first time since Tremaine Edmunds entered the starting lineup as a rookie in 2018, Buffalo will be without Edmunds and Matt Milano in the same game due to injury. Edmunds' replacement is just one of our players to watch this Sunday.

1. John Brown

Though he has only played two games against Miami in his Bills career, Buffalo's speed receiver may as well be called a Dolphins killer.

In 2019, Brown tallied 14 receptions for 220 yards and three touchdowns against Miami as he made big plays look routine in the Bills season sweep of the division rival. Can he enjoy similar production with an even more talented Bills receiving corps?

2. Tyrel Dodson

The backup middle linebacker saw his first regular season action last week in place of an injured Edmunds and performed admirably.

In 17 snaps of work, Dodson racked up four tackles and a sack as he helped to hold the Jets offense in check.

Despite being inexperienced it is expected that Dodson will call the defense in place of Edmunds.

"They should be fine with Tyrel and A.J.," said Lorenzo Alexander in his weekly appearance on ‘One Bills Live. "The way Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds play they're traditional linebackers. Based on what I saw last week when both of them had to come into the game and get their feet wet. The Bills defense will be fine. Tyrel has really grown. He'll be the signal caller and guys will adjust to his empty calls and blitzes. He did a good job and has gained the respect of Bob Babich, the linebackers coach, and his teammates with what he was able to do last week."

3. Trent Murphy

The Bills veteran defensive end would be the first to tell you he's not a flashy player. Trent Murphy is all about getting the job done and little else.

Despite heavy rotation on the defensive line last week, and just 25 snaps to work with on defense, Murphy was productive with two tackles, a sack and a quarterback hit.

Stretching back to last season Murphy now has five sacks in his last six games. Knowing the Dolphins have four new starting offensive linemen this season, including two rookies, Murphy and his defensive linemates could have a good deal of success.

4. Andre Roberts

Buffalo's return man is facing a capable kicking tandem in kicker Jason Sanders, who went 4-4 on kickoff touchbacks last week, and punter Matt Haack, who had three punts, none of which were returned. But Roberts, was inches away from breaking a couple of his returns last week when he averaged an impressive 13.8 yards per return on punt.

How the Dolphins choose to kick to Roberts will be an interesting chess match, but if they give him a couple of opportunities, look out.

5. Devin Singletary

The man they call 'Motor' had a very efficient day the last time he played in his native south Florida. The Deerfield Beach product had 15 carries for 75 yards in Buffalo's Week 7 win at Miami last year in Buffalo's 37-20 win.

The five yards per carry average mirrored his average for the season, and after seeing the Dolphins struggle to stop the run in New England last week, Singletary could be in store for another productive outing.

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