Von Miller: Working with Greg Rousseau is like polishing a diamond

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Bills linebacker Von Miller has worked to help young pass rushers around the league with his annual pass rushing summits that bring players together to share techniques and hone their approaches each offseason.

This year’s summit is over, but Miller’s work as a mentor can continue in Buffalo. The Bills took Greg Rousseau in the first round of the 2021 draft and he posted four sacks during his rookie season.

Rousseau attended this year’s summit and Miller said late in the team’s offseason program that he doesn’t think there’s as much work to do to build up Rousseau as there is work to make sure that he can shine as brightly as possible.

“It’s like polishing a diamond,” Miller said, via the team’s website. “I really don’t try to change guys. I just try to really see what they’re thinking. I just try to really see their approach and see their mindset because we’re all different players. One thing that we can really bounce off each other is our mindset, and I give him my mindset, I give him my view of things and hopefully he can learn from that.”

2020 second-round pick AJ Epenesa and 2021 second-round pick Boogie Basham are also players who could benefit from Miller’s tutelage this season and the Bills defense will be a much thornier one to deal with if Miller’s lessons bear fruit for his young teammates.

5 responses to “Von Miller: Working with Greg Rousseau is like polishing a diamond

  1. People say we overpaid for Von, but the Bills are gaining as much of a coach and mentor to our players as we are a stud player. Benefits for years to come even after Von retires…

  2. Is Miller going to play as a DE or OLB in Buffalo? They play a 4 man front typically, but both Den and LA played a 3 man front where Miller played OLB so I’m just curious. Did they play a lot of 4 man front with 4 lbs last year? Or was it more of a nickel d with 4 linemen, 5 dbs and Edmunds/Milano at lb?

    I would think the easiest fit is to put him at end so you aren’t changing the whole scheme, also the line players they have are more suited to a 4 man front.

  3. cancerman2020 says:
    June 21, 2022 at 2:06 pm
    Is Miller going to play as a DE or OLB in Buffalo? They play a 4 man front typically, but both Den and LA played a 3 man front where Miller played OLB so I’m just curious. Did they play a lot of 4 man front with 4 lbs last year? Or was it more of a nickel d with 4 linemen, 5 dbs and Edmunds/Milano at lb?

    I would think the easiest fit is to put him at end so you aren’t changing the whole scheme, also the line players they have are more suited to a 4 man front.
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    The team has him listed as a OLB, but I have a good feeling we’ll see him with his hand in the dirt 80%-90% of his time on the field. The big question will be how many snaps Von Miller will receive… McDermott likes to rotate a lot, but VM is used to being on the field for 80% or more of snaps.

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