DE Jerry Hughes is a top-five run stopper


The switch back to a 4-3 defense has definitely helped veteran Jerry Hughes get back to being his disruptive self. This scheme has maximized his explosiveness off the snap, and the staff has done a good job of getting him one-on-ones in the passing game. In fact, he has racked up 28 QB pressures in seven games. But another area that he is dominating is against the run.

According to Pro Football Focus, he has 13 tackles, 6 assists, 0 missed tackles, and 10 run stops. That ranks him 3rd overall among defensive ends for run stop percentage (9.2%). Through seven games last season as an outside linebacker, Hughes had 9 tackles, 3 assists, 6 missed tackles, 6 run stops, and a 3.4 run stop percentage.

The Bills need him to continue to stop the run, forcing offenses into third-and-long situations, at which time the staff can dial up their exotic pressures.

Hughes uses his speed and bend to cause left tackle Donald Penn to whiff en route to the running back early in the game.