Stacking Up the Buffalo Bills’ New Offense After Wave of Offseason Acquisitions

March 20th, 2015
LeSean McCoy is set to be the centerpiece of the Buffalo Bills' new-look offense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy is set to be the centerpiece of the Buffalo Bills’ new-look offense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Rex Ryan is known to be a defensive-minded coach, but you wouldn’t know it from the Buffalo Bills’ personnel moves during his first offseason with the team. Since the start of February, the Bills have acquired eight new players; all of them play offense.

In February, the Bills claimed wide receiver Justin Brown off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, then signed veteran guard Richie Incognito as a street free agent. In early March, one week before free agency, the Bills really cranked the volume up to eleven when they made trades on back-to-back days for Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel. Since then, the Bills have continued to load up on offensive playmakers in free agency with the signings of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, fullback Jerome Felton, wide receiver Percy Harvin and tight end Charles Clay.

The Bills have taken a clearly defined approach to the offseason so far, and it’s easy to understand why. Their defense ranked fourth in the NFL in both points allowed and yards allowed last season, and will be returning nine of its 2014 starters for 2015. The Bills offense, on the other hand, ranked just 26th in yards per game, 18th in points per game and 26th in Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA.

As a result of the Bills’ active offseason thus far, their offense could be unrecognizable in 2015. That’s a good thing—the Bills’ 2014 offense is certainly not one they ever want to replicate going forward—but it could take some getting used to.

There is likely to still be more talent added to the offense through the NFL draft, but at least in terms of free-agent signings and trades, the Bills’ big roster moves are probably complete. With that in mind, we can start breaking down how Buffalo’s new combination of parts, under new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, could all come together to form the 2015 Bills offense.

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Buffalo Bills Sign Tight End Charles Clay

March 17th, 2015
Unless the Miami Dolphins change their minds and match Buffalo's offer, Charles Clay will be the Bills' new tight end. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

Unless the Miami Dolphins change their minds and match Buffalo’s offer, Charles Clay will be the Bills’ new tight end. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

After a days-long impasse that spawned hashtags (#ClayWatch) and even Twitter handles (@HasClaySigned), the Buffalo Bills finally submitted their offer sheet for transition-tagged Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay on Tuesday evening, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News.

(UPDATE, Thursday p.m.: Clay’s signing has been officially announced by the Bills, as the Dolphins have elected not to re-sign him.)

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2015 NFL Draft: Three-Round Mock After First Week of Free Agency

March 16th, 2015
Jameis Winston is the favorite to be the 2015 NFL Draft's No. 1 overall pick. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

Jameis Winston is the favorite to be the 2015 NFL Draft’s No. 1 overall pick. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

So far, the 2015 NFL offseason has been one of the craziest of all-time. From shocking trades—including the Buffalo Bills’ deal for Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy—to a flurry of big-name players signing with new teams, rosters throughout the league have been reshaped in the past week.

Subsequently, projections for the 2015 NFL Draft have also changed. While some teams filled potential first-round needs with their acquisitions, others had new needs emerge as they lost players to free agency or traded them away.

Two picks in the first three rounds even changed hands—and both of them went to the New Orleans Saints. The Seattle Seahawks traded their first-round pick (No. 31 overall) to New Orleans, along with center Max Unger, for tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick. The Miami Dolphins traded their third-round pick (No. 78 overall) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints for wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Free agency is still likely to wreak more change upon the landscape of the NFL draft—some big names, including tight end Charles Clay and defensive end Greg Hardy, remain unsigned—but with the first big wave of contracts now inked, it’s now to see how this year’s first three rounds of selections could play out.

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Buffalo Bills Taking a Chance on Enigmatic Playmaker Percy Harvin

March 13th, 2015
Looking to add some much-needed sparks to their offense, the Buffalo Bills have decided to take a chance on Percy Harvin. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

Looking to add some much-needed sparks to their offense, the Buffalo Bills have decided to take a chance on Percy Harvin. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills hired Rex Ryan in January, one thing was for sure: the Bills weren’t going to play it safe with their acquisitions this offseason. That certainly hasn’t been the case so far—especially Friday—when the Bills agreed to terms with former New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

At his best, Harvin can be one of the NFL’s most dynamic playmakers. A 5’11″, 184-pound offensive weapon who ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, Harvin has a combination of speed and agility that makes him a big-play threat as not only a pass-catcher, but also as a runner and kickoff returner.

These qualities could make Harvin a big asset to the Bills. As a player who can create yardage for himself with the ball in his hands, Harvin could be highly valuable for an offense that has no great options at the quarterback position, and will therefore struggle to be prolific throwing the ball downfield.

With that being said, Harvin has often been more trouble than he is worth, and certainly qualifies as a high-risk, high-reward type of signing for the Bills.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agency Tracker

March 12th, 2015
Acquired at midseason by the Jets last season, Percy Harvin is reuniting with Rex Ryan in Buffalo. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

Acquired at midseason by the Jets last season, Percy Harvin is reuniting with Rex Ryan in Buffalo. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The free-agency frenzy has officially begun with the opening of the 2015-16 NFL league year. As the Buffalo Bills fill out their 2015 free-agent class, we’ll update their signings here, along with updates of which Bills from last year’s team find new homes.

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