Which Bills player is primed for a breakout season in 2021?

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The Bills have a roster stacked with talent that nearly earned a place in the Super Bowl just a year ago.

That effort went hand-in-hand with quarterback Josh Allen’s emergence. Allen undoubtedly had a breakout season in 2020, but with 2021 en route, who could be next to do so?

Here are our staff picks on who could be the Bills’ breakout player in 2021:

Nick Wojton: RB Zack Moss

Bills running back Zack Moss, Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The bar isn't exactly high for the Bills' rushing attack after a lackluster 2020. Buffalo's offense lived and died on Allen's arm, but that proved to be a good idea considering how far the Bills went. Still, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane has repeatedly said the offense needs a better complement to Allen via the rushing attack. In saying that, Beane decide to change... nothing. The same offensive line returns, as do running backs Zack Moss and Devin Singletary. They'll get a chance to make an impact again next season and Moss should be the bigger beneficiary of that. As mentioned, nothing in the personnel was changed so one could expect another trend to continue in 2021: Moss being the No. 1 running back. Singletary started to see slightly fewer touches than Moss down the stretch last season until Moss's season ended because of an ankle injury. Moss will get more opportunities, and with a year of pro football under his belt, that experience should help him, too.

Justin DiLoro: DT Ed Oliver

Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver. (AP/ Photo Jeffrey T. Barnes)

There are several candidates on the offensive side of the ball who could have a breakout 2021 campaign. However, the greatest impact will be made by third-year pro Ed Oliver. Oliver, the ninth-overall pick in the 2018 draft, has had moderate success during his time in a Buffalo uniform. Oliver recorded 76 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hits, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles in two seasons in Western New York. Oliver has flashed his athleticism at times, but he hasn’t put together a series of dominant games in the NFL just yet. With Star Lotulelei returning as a one-tech lineman, along with an anticipated creative game plan for the defensive line to get after the quarterback, Oliver could be the recipient of some one-on-one battles against offensive linemen. The Houston product could be a beast on passing downs this year.

David De Cristofaro: DE A.J. Epenesa

Bills defensive lineman A.J. Epenesa. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

Despite missing out on the type of preparatory regimen and preseason games typical for an NFL rookie, A.J. Epenesa embraced a trial by fire in his first season with Buffalo. Coach McDermott tasked him with learning all four defensive line positions in order to earn playing time and to diversify and streamline his rookie development. He did experience some growing pains during his transition from the collegiate level. At Iowa, he played in a different defensive scheme and had national accolades and success. In addition to taking a year to learn the Bills' defense, he also accidentally lost too much weight in his first season. He stayed and worked with the team's training staff throughout the offseason ahead of year two, and is now at a healthy weight and in optimal shape. With a year of learning under his belt, the advantage of multi-position versatility, and a better understanding of the system, Epenesa may be poised for a breakout season.

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