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

Friday, 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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Snow Problem: Bills Blow Out Jets Again in Detroit on Monday Night

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Mario Williams and the Bills defense gave Michael Vick and the Jets offense problems all Monday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams and the Bills defense gave Michael Vick and the Jets offense problems all Monday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It didn’t matter that the Buffalo Bills had to play in Detroit instead of at home, or that the game was moved to Monday, or that they didn’t get to practice all week.

On Monday night, just as they were when the two teams played four weeks ago, the Bills were the far superior team over the New York Jets, as they won 38-3 to move back above .500 (6-5) for the year.

When the Bills played the Jets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in Week 8, Buffalo’s defense ended up convincing New York to bench quarterback Geno Smith for Michael Vick after Smith threw three first-quarter interceptions. On Monday in Detroit, it went the other way around.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 10

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
In a losing effort, Jerry Hughes was a star for the Bills defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

In a losing effort, Jerry Hughes was a star for the Bills defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills took one on the chin on Sunday, losing 17-13 to the Kansas City Chiefs, moving them down to 10th place and currently out of playoff position in the AFC with a record of 5-4. Ralph Wilson Stadium was buzzing throughout the day, but the home team fumbled away its first-half lead with two costly second-half turnovers.

Once again the Bills defensive unit had a great showing and did more than its part to give the team an opportunity to win, but the offense was a major letdown, especially in the red zone. There were flashes of great play on both sides but overall, defense dominated the day.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Midseason Grades

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Playing to earn a contract extension, Marcell Dareus has been the first-half star of the Buffalo Bills defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Playing to earn a contract extension, Marcell Dareus has been the first-half star of the Buffalo Bills defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills are right in the thick of the AFC playoff race, currently sitting in a four-way tie for sixth place with a record of 5-3. The defense has really carried the team while the offense has been opportunistic enough to contribute to the winning record.

Overall through eight games, many defensive players have graded out very well while the offensive players have been more boom or bust in terms of individual performances.

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Can Buffalo Bills Overcome Rushing Offense Issues with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson Injured?

Friday, October 24th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Wegman

The Buffalo Bills were hit with a devastating blow last week in their matchup with the Minnesota Vikings when star running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both went down with injuries.  Jackson suffered a groin injury on a seemingly harmless play, which is expected to sideline him for close to a month, while Spiller had two breaks on one play: breaking a 53-yard run – his longest of the season – before breaking his collarbone on the landing after being tripped up by a Vikings defender.

Spiller, placed on the injured reserve list

with a return designation, cannot return until Week 16 at the earliest.

Neither Jackson nor Spiller are top-tier NFL tailbacks but together they combine to be one of the most productive, consistent and reliable one-two punches in the entire league.  The good news for the Bills is that their third- and fourth-string running backs are better than those of most teams.

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