VIDEO: Buffalo Bills battle in the snow after Winter Storm Gail

A snowy civil war erupted in Buffalo Bills circles on Thursday, as defenders engaged in a snowball fight, captured by Terry Pegula.

Rumors of in-fighting amongst the Buffalo Bills are all too true, proven by none other than one of the team’s owners on their official social media channels.

There’s no cause for concern in Orchard Park, however, as their civil war is one of the snowy variety.

Much to the presumed chagrin of their upcoming opponents, Winter Storm Gail did little to stop business as usual at ADPRO Sports Training House. As the Bills prepare for a Saturday tilt against the Denver Broncos (4:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network), their defenders ended their Thursday proceedings with a snowball fight. Video of the ensuing battle was posted on the official Bills accounts, with filming credited to co-owner Terry Pegula.

Cornerback Tre’Davious White is perhaps the strongest force in the video, guarding the top of a large snow pile near the entrance to the fieldhouse. White apparently came prepared, tossing several premade snowballs at his jovial teammates. An assault from some offensive players, led by practice squad running back Christian Wade, forces White to abandon his mount. Several other defenders attempt to claim the pill of themselves through swooping snow all over their teammates, with Ed Oliver and Josh Norman holding out the longest. The entire exchange is bravely captured by Pegula, who co-owns the team with his wife Kim.

The Buffalo area is, of course, no stranger to snow and freezing temperatures. It has played host to several snowy showdowns at Bills Stadium, such as the memorable get-together against Indianapolis in December 2017. The Binghamton area received 40 inches of snow from Gail on Wednesday afternoon into evening, with two additional inches falling on Thursday. It made for some picturesque settings at Bills Stadium, which will next host Buffalo’s regular-season finale on January 3 against Miami.

In either case, the Bills (10-3) should be well-prepared for what should be a chilly visit to the Rocky Mountains. The sun will set shortly after kickoff on Saturday, with temperatures expected to drop into the high 20s. Precipitation is not expected, thoughts are expected to reach 11 miles per hour.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

New York Giants: New Offensive Line Needs To Shut Down Bills Rookie Defender In Week Two

The New York Giants suffered an embarrassing loss on opening weekend against the Dallas Cowboys. Almost everyone on the team underperformed. The Giants’ defense allowed the Cowboys’ offense to gain a total of 494 yards of offense. They also allowed Dak Prescott to have a career day with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

But one position group did not underperform. In fact, the Giants’ new offensive line actually played an excellent game and exceeded expectations. General Manager Dave Gettleman has made it a point to rebuild the offensive line over the last two years, and in week one, it seemed like the rebuild is finally coming to fruition.

The Giants’ offensive line allowed only 1 sack and 6 quarterback hits on 44 dropbacks against the Cowboys. According to Pro Football Focus, the offensive line had a 70.9 overall grade in pass blocking and a grade of 82.6 in run blocking that lead the league in week one.

The Giants’ offensive line had a tough matchup last week and performed well. The Cowboys’ defensive line featured DeMarcus Lawrence, one of the NFL’s better arrogant pass-rushers. In week two, the Giants will have another tough matchup in the trenches. This week, they will need to focus on a rookie.

Shutting Down Ed Oliver

The Buffalo Bills selected an impact defender with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Ed Oliver’s draft stock slid from a potential top-three pick to the back end of the top-ten. Oliver ended up falling right into Buffalo’s lap.

Ed Oliver was impressive in week one. His impact was felt instantly as he applied pressure to Jets second-year quarterback Sam Darnold. Ed Oliver did not record a sack, but he came close a couple of times and did total two tackles.

In week one, Oliver took 47 defensive snaps, which was 65 percent of the team’s total and led all defensive tackle. Pro Football Focus was very impressed with Oliver in week one, giving him an overall grade of 80.3. PFF also noted that Ed Oliver graded north of 75.0 as both a pass-rusher and a run defender, and ended the game with a defensive stop against the run and five total pressures.

Ed Oliver will be a handful for the Giants’ offensive line in week two. The Giants, fortunately, have the men to match up with the rookie. New York’s interior offensive line is full of strong talent with Kevin Zeitler, Will Hernandez, and Jon Halapio. If the Giants’ offensive line performs as it did in week one, the Giants should be able to shut down Ed Oliver and find more success on offense.

New York Giants: How The Defense Could Go From Worst To First In The 2019 NFL Draft

The New York Giants could go after Ed Oliver in the 2019 NFL draft.

In 2018, the New York Giants‘ defense was one of the worst in the NFL. They allowed 25.8 points per game which ranked 23rd in the league. They were poor against both the run and the pass. Against the run, the Giants ranked 20th with 118.6 yards per game. And against the pass, the Giants ranked 23rd with 252.8 yards per game.

The Giants’ only two Pro Bowlers on defense from 2018 are no longer with the team. Landon Collins left for Washington in free agency and Olivier Vernon was traded to Cleveland. This left the Giants’ defense filled with holes and lacking any star talent.

Despite this, the Giants still have the opportunity to vastly improve on defense in 2019 through the NFL Draft.

Defensive Options In The Draft

The Giants hold two 1st round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. This opens up plenty of defensive options for the Giants. Luckily for the Giants, the 2019 draft class is absolutely loaded with defensive talent.

With the 6th pick, the Giants have a good chance of drafting an elite defensive prospect. With the 17th pick, the prospect might not be “elite,” but he will be good enough to start and make an immediate impact for Big Blue.

On Monday, the Giants met with two defensive prospects who both have the chance to be drafted by the Giants in the 1st round. The two defensive prospects the Giants met with are Ed Oliver and Clelin Ferrell. Oliver is an option for the Giants with the 6th pick and Ferrell is an option for the Giants with the 17th pick.

Ed Oliver:

Ed Oliver is an interior defensive lineman who has extreme athleticism and the ability to defend the run, as well as rush the passer. Oliver has drawn some comparisons to the NFL’s best player, Aaron Donald. This is because both Donald and Oliver possess rare athleticism for their size and position. Oliver is only 6 feet 2 inches and 287 pounds. This is undersized for his position, but it allows him to be an extraordinary athlete.

At his Pro Day, Oliver ran a speedy 4.71s 40-yard dash. This is certainly comparable to Donald’s 4.68s. Oliver showed off elite quickness, running a quicker short shuttle than Donald with a time of 4.22s. That time is quicker than Saquon Barkley’s!

In his collegiate career at Houston, Ed Oliver was a little bit up and down. Many analysts attribute this to Oliver being used incorrectly in Houston’s new defensive scheme in 2018. Prior to 2018, Oliver was looked at as a lock for the top 3 picks in the draft. His 2017 season was impressive, as he recorded 73 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. Ed Oliver would instantly make the Giants’ defense better for years to come.

Clelin Ferrell:

Clelin Ferrell is an edge defender out of Clemson’s loaded defense. Ferrell played a big part in Clemson’s 2018 National Championship season. In 2018, Clelin had 55 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks. Outstanding production by the junior edge defender.

The Giants have a need at edge since they traded away Olivier Vernon. Ferrell has the ability to rush the passer off tackle, something the Giants need desperately. Ferrell is a strong, bull-rusher who can knock tackles off balance and get in the backfield. Check out Clelin Ferrell powering through top offensive tackle Jonah Williams:

If the Giants could combine Ferrell’s pass-rushing ability off the edge with Oliver’s all-around dominance on the inside, they could create a scary defensive duo for years to come. Adding this pair in a mix that already features Lorenzo Carter, Dalvin Tomlinson, and B.J. Hill gives the Giants potential to have one of the best, young defensive fronts in the NFL.

New York Giants Could Snag Top Interior Defensive Lineman With 1st Round Pick

The New York Giants could go after Ed Oliver in the 2019 NFL draft.

The New York Giants will have an opportunity to grab a top option with the No. 6 pick, and there’s one player that I have in mind that could make a significant impact on the defense.

Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver is the prospect with the ability to slip to No. 17, but why? Some have Oliver mocked in the first 10 picks of the draft while others have him falling to the middle of the round. An altercation with coaches during a game in 2018 put his character in question, but it seemed to be more fueled by his desire to play and compete.

Oliver is a top defensive tackle in the upcoming draft, behind Alabama star Quinnen Williams. The Houston product enjoyed a stock-raising Pro Day, running a 4.71 40-yard dash at 287-pounds. That’s absurd for a player of that size.

As a prospect trying to prove his worth, Oliver offers elite athleticism and speed coming from the interior. His ability to push the offensive line and act as a pass-rusher while dominating in the run game offers the Giants more value than a pass-rusher…why? Because the Giants’ defense is built around the 3-4 concept, where three down lineman are used to take up space as the linebackers fill in the gaps and rush the passer.

Oliver is the perfect fit for a defense of this nature, and he would be a fantastic selection if available at No. 17. The chances seem unlikely that he will drop this far, which could indicate a higher selection – he would be a solid pick at 6 as well.

His cons:

Despite his observed athleticism, Oliver has various flaws that will need to be addressed at the next level. His inability to fight through double teams and maul his way to the quarterback will pose issues. He was reported at playing under 280-pounds last season, which will not be ideal at the NFL level given the size differences. Oliver favors his speed and initial burst to beat an offensive lineman, but his moves inside are rather predictable. Additionally, he lacks the length that most coaches desire in a defensive tackle.

While these cons certainly raise a few red flags, there are ways to develop beyond them and methods to masking these deficiencies.