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Bills Today: NFL analysts share early reviews on Ed Oliver

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1. NFL analysts share early reviews on Ed Oliver

Ed Oliver’s first assignment in the NFL wasn’t easy. Playing out of the three-technique defensive tackle position, Oliver was lined up against first-team All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson.

Oliver only played 11 snaps but it was enough for NFL analyst Brian Baldinger to analyze his tape.

Oliver and Nelson traded punches and there was no clear winner from the matchup. On some plays, Oliver was able to get around Nelson and was merely inches away from sacking Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Other times, Nelson was able to get his hands firmly on Oliver and eliminate him from plays. It was a learning experience and step in the right direction as Oliver adapts to the NFL.

Oliver also earned respect from five-time All-Pro lineman Willie Anderson.

2. Devin Singletary is a “natural”

Devin Singletary took the majority of handoffs during Thursday’s win against the Indianapolis Colts. The rookie from Florida Atlantic University had nine carries and caught three passes in his limited playing time.

Singletary said it felt amazing to be back on the field against an opponent for the first time since November. His performance since joining the Bills has grabbed the attention of his teammates.

“How much (Singletary) understands about the run game. He has a great feel for it for being so young. Out of all the guys who got drafted since I’ve been playing, he’s the most natural,” Frank Gore said. “He’s real natural. His running backs coach in college, Kevin Smith, is my boy, and he always told me about what [Singletary] had, so I watched him a little bit. He’s a true natural runner.”

Singletary earned high praise from the future hall of fame running back Gore. FAU running backs coach Kevin Smith will now be coaching Gore’s son, Frank Gore Jr. after he committed this past spring.

3. Where do these Bills’ teams rank among USA Today’s top 100 greatest teams?

The Buffalo Bills appear twice on USA Today’s list of the NFL’s 100 greatest teams of all time. The 1964 Bills that won the AFL title come in highest at No. 54.

Yes, Buffalo actually owns championships, its '64 team on the front end of back-to-back AFL crowns. QB Jack Kemp and FB Cookie Gilchrist were among the headliners.

Next up on the list comes the 1990 Bills that lost Super Bowl XXV at No. 78.

Probably the best of the Buffalo teams that won four consecutive AFC titles, these "K-Gun" Bills also came closest to Super Bowl glory. But K Scott Norwood was just wide right on his team's final play in a 20-19 defeat.

Topping the list at No. 1 are the 1985 Bears what won Super Bowl XX and featured defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier at cornerback. Head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane are tied to the list at No. 80 for the 2015 Carolina Panthers that made Super Bowl 50. McDermott was the defensive coordinator while Beane was the assistant general manager.

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