- Name (#): Yetur Gross Matos (#99)
- Position: EDGE
- College: Penn State
- Height: 6’5″
- Weight: 266 lbs
- 40-time: N/A
- Length: 34 ⅞ inches
- Career Statistics: 111 Tackles, 37 TFLs, 19 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles
- Season Statistics: 40 Tackles, 15 TFLs, 9.5 Sacks, 2 FF
- Games played: 38
- Games started: 25
- Games watched: Buffalo, Memphis, Ohio St, Michigan St, Purdue, Iowa
- Prepared by: Nathan Papandrea
The Buffalo Bills lost several key cogs in their front-seven rotation this offseason, but General Manager Brandon Beane didn’t waste much time replacing the likes of Shaq Lawson and Lorenzo Alexander. Beane busted out the checkbook and signed former Seahawk Quinton Jefferson, a former 5th-round pick that has played as both an interior defensive lineman and edge rusher. Beane also brought in a couple of familiar faces from his time in Carolina in defensive tackle Vernon Butler and defensive end Mario Addison thus far through free agency. But given the age of Addison and even Jerry Hughes, it would behoove Beane to add a mid-level edge defender who can be used as a rotational defender in year one, with the ability to start by year two. Enter Yetur Gross-Matos.
Gross-Matos looks the part. He’s a long, muscular 6-foot-5, 266 pounds and he uses his size rep-in and rep-out. His ability to generate power with his torso and transfer it up into his hands is pretty elite.
Matos’s size and power allowed Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Brent Pry, a former Buffalo Bill and University at Buffalo product, to use Gross-Matos as a base end on early downs and an interior pass rusher on 3rd-and-long situations. Having that size and versatility is exactly what defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier likes to have in his base defensive ends, which is why the Bills formally met with him in the draft process.
Will he make it to their pick at No. 54? Not likely, but in the draft, you just never know and you can never count out GM Beane, he is a wizard. Keep an eye on him as a target once day two of the NFL Draft begins; he’s a player on their radar.
That’s why I jumped into the film room to show you a few clips as to why the team could have fallen in love with YGM.